Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Aspiring teen social entrepreneurs raise $20,000 for charity


For teenagers Zhao Dian (pronounced Di An), Wang Zhe, Vanessa Goh and Lin Yeqing, the chance to gain first-hand experience in a social enterprise and organising their very own community involvement project (CIP) prompted them to join Citi-YMCA Youth For Causes.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Never too old to bust some moves - senior citizens “Zumba” with Health Minister at Silver Fiesta 2013


YMCA of Singapore and Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) will be rallying some 200 elderly for a mass Zumba dance as part of Silver Fiesta 2013 from 14-15 November 2013 at Toa Payoh HDB Hub. 

The two-day event aims to promote active ageing and create health awareness amongst the elderly. Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health, will be gracing the event. Besides giving a speech and touring the event activities and exhibits, Mr Gan who is also Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on Ageing, will also be participating in the ‘Zumba Gold!’ mass dance together with the elderly.

Monday, 11 November 2013

YMCA Sports Day 2013

YMCA of Singapore organised its first Sports Day today at ITE College West for 39 beneficiaries from MINDS Clementi and Christian Outreach to the Handicapped Former national sprinter and 100 metres record holder, Mr C Kunalan graced the event as a Special Guest.

Friday, 1 November 2013

CEOs’ Hawker Guide now available at YMCA

Receive a complimentary copy of the CEOs’ Hawker Guide with every donation of $20 and above to the Hawker Master Trainer Pilot Programme (HMTPP).

Featuring the top hawker stalls in Singapore as voted by a panel of CEOs including Knight Frank Pte Ltd Executive Chairman Mr Tan Chiong Cheng and NTUC FairPrice Cooperative CEO Mr Seah Kian Peng, the book will be used to raise funds to support aspiring hawkerpreneurs to undergo practical training with veteran hawkers under the HMTPP.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

YMCA of Singapore appreciated for participation in President’s Challenge 2013

Mr Chew Kwee San, Vice President of YMCA, represented the Association to receive a token of appreciation from His Excellency President Tony Tan at the President's Challenge 2013 Thank You Reception yesterday evening at the Istana. The annual Citi-YMCA Youth For Causes programme which YMCA of Singapore has been co-organising with Citi Singapore has been an event of the President's Challenge since 2005. The programme enables youth to embark on social entrepreneurship projects to raise funds and awareness for charities of their choice.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

YMCA honoured for good governance

YMCA of Singapore has won the Charity Governance Award 2013 in the Large Charities category. 

At the Awards Ceremony held on 18 October at the Novotel Clarke Quay, Mr Stephen Loh, President, YMCA of Singapore and Ms Lynette Yeo, Assistant General Secretary, Social Enterprises represented YMCA to receive the winner's plaque and a cheque for $10,000 from the Guest-of-Honour Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

YMCA raises over $420,000 at the YMCA Appeal Gala Dinner 2013

On 2 October 2013, YMCA of Singapore raised over $420,000 at its biggest fundraising event for the year, the YMCA Appeal Gala Dinner. Mr Phillip Tan, Chairman, Community Chest graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour.  

The funds raised will go towards the YMCA Community Service Programmes, YMCA Project Bridge and YMCA FACES (Financial Assistance and Capability for Employment Scheme). Some 200 guests including philanthropists and corporate chieftains attended the event which raised funds through the sale of tables, seats, raffle draw tickets and a silent auction. 

Monday, 30 September 2013

Runaway Youth Transformed By Vocational Training When

When Ho Wenjie was just 14, he realised that he had to improve himself to secure a better future. Struggling to survive on the meagre income from working odd jobs, he had left school the previous year and ran away from home.

Upon a recommendation from his ex-school’s counsellor, Wenjie joined the Vocational and Soft Skills Programme (VaSSP) offered by YMCA Project Bridge in October 2011 and found his passion in life – baking.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

ITE Student Raises $15,000 for Charity

From May to September 2013, 20 year-old Chien Yong Qiang led a team of volunteers to raise $15,000 for their chosen charity, HCA Hospice Care. 

Yong Qiang, a final year Higher Nitec in Information Technology student at ITE College West, mobilised volunteers to sell titbits, drinks and umbrellas, and organised various fund-raising activities.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

YMCA School Celebrated 100 Years of Education

YMCA School turned 100 this year. The highlight of the School’s celebrations was an Anniversary Dinner on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel where over 200 students and guests including YMCA Board members, YMCA Education Committee members, YMCA Education Centre Academic and Exam Board members, former students and former staff gathered for an evening of fellowship over food and performances.