Come 31st October 2015, ONE (SINGAPORE) will celebrate 10 years of our campaign to Make Poverty History! Wear your best 1960’s cheong sams, saris and sarong kebayas and join us at the historic Hotel Fort Canning for a night to remember!
Most ONE (SINGAPORE) supporters now know that every few seconds, a child dies completely unnecessarily from extreme poverty. But did you also realise that 1 in 10 Singaporeans lack basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and other essential necessities?
ONE (SINGAPORE) is the only charity in Singapore that addresses both local and global issues affecting people and planet.
For the past ten years, ONE (SINGAPORE) has worked to raise awareness and take concrete actions to address local and global poverty issues. When we first began this campaign, the word ‘poverty’ – at least in the local context – was taboo. Since then, we’ve held public forums to discuss rising inequality, human trafficking, violence against women, discrimination & xenophobia, maternal health and international efforts to adopt a new set of global development and sustainability goals. And the ‘P’ word is no longer off limits.
As we write this, students at Republic Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic (some of whom attended our lectures in the Social Innovation Project) are preparing to lead The ONE Food Drive 2015. A year ago, The ONE Food Drive raised $14,000 worth of in-kind donations for Willing Hearts, a local soup kitchen that provides nearly 5,000 meals daily to marginalised Singaporeans. We’re placing this year’s campaign in context with a conversation on campus entitled ‘What does Poverty Mean in Singapore?’.
We’re conducting poverty seminars and volunteer outings with corporates, who have funded more than 25 scholarships for girls in Nepal, financial support and mentoring for low-income Singaporean students and food and in-kind assistance for nearly 350 local elderly and low-income families. (Want to participate? Ask us about the CAP, the Concrete Actions Programme!) Proceeds from partners at The ONE Ball 2013 helped provide a fresh coat of paint and colourful murals in the homes of xx of our neighbours-in-need. And we’re launching a Volunteer Befrienders programme to assist individuals in ways that the Family Service Centres can not.
The continued success of ONE (SINGAPORE)’s campaign depends upon you. Please consider purchasing a table (or two!) or becoming a sponsor of The ONE Ball.
If you or your organisation would like to become a partner or sponsor for The ONE Ball 2015, please contact ShuQi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general enquiries, please contact Xiu Xuan at email@example.com.