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Deloitte raises SGD100,000 for the Singapore Disability Sports Council
A commitment to develop and provide opportunities for youths in Singapore
Singapore, 31 October 2014 — The partners of professional services firm Deloitte Southeast Asia made a significant contribution to a local charity as part of their annual regional conference which is being held in Singapore from 29 to 31 October 2014.
A total of SGD100,000 was raised for the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) at the Deloitte Southeast Asia Partners Conference 2014, which was hosted by Deloitte Singapore. This sum is a combination of funds raised by Deloitte Southeast Asia, and a dollar-to-dollar matching from the Care & Share movement led by Community Chest as part of Singapore’s 50th year of independence SG50 initiatives.
The funds raised goes towards supporting disabled youths through the programmes under SDSC, the only organisation in Singapore which reaches across all disability groups.
The amount that Deloitte raised is made up of donations from partners as well as from a charity auction which included special items from Team Singapore para-athletes, including the swimsuit worn by swimmer Theresa Goh during the recent Asian Para Games 2014 which saw her win two bronze medals and one silver medal for Singapore. Another sought after item was a display of the horse shoes used by Team Singapore Equestrian Laurentia Tan’s beloved competition horse.
“I am very humbled and honoured to be able to contribute to raise funds for SDSC, who has supported me throughout my 15 year swimming career. I’m really grateful also to Deloitte for being so supportive of disability sports in Singapore and for organizing this event,” says Theresa of her contribution to the charity auction.
Besides Theresa Goh and Laurentia Tan, other Team Singapore para-athletes were also in attendance at Deloitte’s charity auction – Ms Yip Pin Xiu (Swimmer), Mr Neo Kah Whye (Boccia player), Mr Jason Chee (Table tennis player), Maximillian Tan (Equestrian) and Ms Nurulasyiqah Binte Mohamad Taha (Boccia player). Team Singapore top Boccia para-athlete Ms Nurulasyiqah also held a simple Boccia demonstration at the event, introducing Deloitte partners on the rules and finer points of the game.
Chaly Mah, CEO of Deloitte Southeast Asia and Chairman of Deloitte Singapore, and Philip Yuen, CEO of Deloitte Singapore, presented the cheque to Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang, President of the SDSC, at a special welcome reception on Thursday, 30 October 2014.
“We believe that the success of an organisation is not solely reflected in its financial performance, but also lies in how an organisation runs its business and the positive impact it makes in the communities it operates in. Our support for SDSC underscores our commitment to the development and providing opportunities for youth, regardless of their physical, mental or academic abilities. A nation’s youth is its future, and by supporting and nurturing them, we are making our contribution to the future of the country and the region,” says Mr Mah.
SDSC supports youths with disabilities through their Nurturing & Development and Community Sports & Participation programmes, where they introduce sports to these youths, and encourage, enable and nurture their interest and participation in sports. The funds are channeled into running these programmes in schools and in the community where SDSC identifies and targets disabled youths that show interest and potential in different sports. The funds are also used for the coaching and training of these amateur athletes, and their nutritional and medical needs when they train for and participate in various competitions.
“Sports is a platform where youths with disabilities can learn resilience, perseverance, confidence and respect for self and others. Participation in sports facilitates the holistic development of youths and allows our youths with disabilities to live better through sports. I thank Deloitte Southeast Asia, Deloitte Singapore and all their partners for making a difference in the lives of youths with disabilities in Singapore,” says Dr Teo, President of the SDSC.
Deloitte Singapore supports “Youth and Education” causes locally through our engagement with SDSC, and also with NorthLight School. Through this partnership, Deloitte Singapore employees befriend and engage academically-challenged youths to help them develop their talent. Deloitte participates in NorthLight School programmes such as their annual Sports Day, Great Outdoor Experience and their regular Co-Curricular Activities, and also organizes special educational outings for the students through Deloitte’s annual IMPACT Day.