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The ONE (SINGAPORE) Awards 2015 Winners

The ONE (SINGAPORE) Awards recognise individuals who share ONE (SINGAPORE)’s passion to “Make Poverty History and create The World We Want”.

“ONE Heroes often go about their work quietly,” says ONE (SINGAPORE) founder Michael Switow. “Natasha Lean and Elsie Oei are not household names, but their dedication, their service to the community and their work on issues of gender violence and poverty is extraordinary.”

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Left to Right: Guest of Honour Vernetta Lopez, ONE (SINGAPORE) President Nichol Ng, Award Winners Elsie Oei and Natasha Lean, ONE (SINGAPORE) Co-Founder Michael Switow.

 


The ONE Hero: Natasha Lean

On a daily basis, Natasha Lean confronts issues of poverty and gender violence. Children in Tanjong Pagar say that Natasha is their hero because “she takes care of me when my mamma is at work” and “she helps my mamma when she is sad and pappa hurts her”. Natasha, who is employed as a Social Work Associate, can be a mentor, supporter and friend who understands the importance of listening and knows when to make someone laugh. Whether she is running programmes to prevent violence against women, stop bullying, promote financial literacy for children or raising resources for the families she works with, Natasha goes the extra mile to make the lives of women and children better.

The ONE Hero: Elsie Oei

Elsie Oei may be retired, but you wouldn’t know it. Every day, for the past ten years, Elsie arrives by public transportation at Willing Hearts, a local soup kitchen, at 5 in the morning to organise packing and logistics, before helping deliver hundreds of meals, sometimes going door-to-door to assist those who are not well enough to collect their packets at the void deck. Elsie, who often works past midnight, is a familiar figure in Toa Payoh and Ang Mo Kio, where she accompanies the elderly and infirm on visits to the doctor, assists them with their household needs and has even been known to administer injections to diabetics.

The photo of Elsie Oei and the group photo at the top of the page were taken at The ONE Ball 2015, where the ONE (SINGAPORE) Awards were presented.

See the winners of the 2013 ONE (SINGAPORE) awards here.

Passion for the Community Drives Winners of 2015 ONE Hero Awards

Two Singaporean women – Natasha Lean, a dedicated social worker who assists abused women and their families, and Elsie Oei, a 69-year old volunteer who rises early every morning to help prepare meals for the nation’s less fortunate – have been named the “2015 ONE Heroes” by the anti-poverty charity ONE (SINGAPORE).

The ONE (SINGAPORE) Awards recognise individuals who share ONE (SINGAPORE)’s passion to “Make Poverty History and create The World We Want”. Lean and Oei were honoured at The ONE Ball 2015, an event at Hotel Fort Canning that commemorated ONE (SINGAPORE)’s 10th anniversary and the nation’s golden jubilee. The biannual award was first presented in 2013 to the migrant rights activist Jolovan Wham, who is currently the Executive Director of H.O.M.E.

“ONE Heroes often go about their work quietly,” says ONE (SINGAPORE) founder Michael Switow. “Natasha Lean and Elsie Oei are not household names, but their dedication, their service to the community and their work on issues of gender violence and poverty is extraordinary.”

On a daily basis, Natasha Lean confronts issues of poverty and gender violence. Children in Tanjong Pagar say that Natasha is their hero because “she takes care of me when my mamma is at work” and “she helps my mamma when she is sad and pappa hurts her”. Natasha, who is employed as a Social Work Associate, can be a mentor, supporter and friend who understands the importance of listening and knows when to make someone laugh. Whether she is running programmes to prevent violence against women, stop bullying, promote financial literacy for children or raising resources for the families she works with, Natasha goes the extra mile to make the lives of women and children better.

Elsie Oei may be retired, but you wouldn’t know it. Every day, for the past ten years, Elsie arrives by public transportation at Willing Hearts, a local soup kitchen, at 5 in the morning to organise packing and logistics, before helping deliver hundreds of meals, sometimes going door-to-door to assist those who are not well enough to collect their packets at the void deck. Elsie, who often works past midnight, is a familiar figure in Toa Payoh and Ang Mo Kio, where she accompanies the elderly and infirm on visits to the doctor, assists them with their household needs and has even been known to administer injections to diabetics.

“Elsie’s active community work demonstrates the essence of The ONE Hero – a truly selfless character who is thoroughly committed to making a positive impact on the world around her,” says ONE (SINGAPORE) President Nichol Ng. “We hope her story can encourage more volunteerism and more supporters to come forward to help Elsie organise events that bring joy to the elderly and less fortunate in our community.”

ONE (SINGAPORE), which is dedicated to raising public awareness and taking concrete actions to Make Poverty History, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. At the The ONE Ball, supporters from business and social sectors, as well as past and present volunteers, celebrated Singapore’s only charity organization that is dedicated to addressing local and global issues to Make Poverty History.

In addition to the award announcements, nearly 200 guests enjoyed an exciting night filled with an educational line-up of programmes demonstrating ONE (SINGAPORE)’s deep-rooted core values to foster a just world where no one lives in poverty. Celebrated actress and DJ Vernetta Lopez, who is also ONE (SINGAPORE)’s longest-serving president, was the Guest of Honour. Singapore Literature Prize winner Josephine Chia read an excerpt from her book “Kampong Spirit – Gotong Royong” about life in Potong Pasir prior to independence. World Toilet Organisation founder Jack Sim designed three bronze busts of Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew for auction.

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The ONE (SINGAPORE) Awards 2013

At ONE (SINGAPORE), we are fortunate to meet like-minded companies and individuals who share our passion to Make Poverty History and create The World We Want. Often, they go about their work quietly and we would like to recognize them for their extraordinary dedication and service to the community. So without further ado, we bring you The ONE (SINGAPORE) Awards!

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The ONE Hero: Jolovan Wham

The ONE Hero Award recognises an individual who is making an outstanding contribution to the community and positive impact in the world around them. The ONE Hero shares our passion to Make Poverty History and create The World We Want.

Jolovan consistently stands up for the rights of impoverished migrant workers and locals alike. On any given day, you might find him rushing to the airport to stop the forced deportation of foreign workers who have injury or non-payment cases pending with their employer. Or he could be making a late night visit to a worker dormitory to document appalling sanitary conditions. Although Jolovan is best known for his work with the migrant community, he is increasingly involved in other rights issues as well.

Johan van Vuuren, Dimension Data’s Director of People & Culture for Asia Pacific (centre) with ONE (SINGAPORE)’s Joe Wan and Michael Switow.

Corporate Community Engagement Award: Dimension Data Asia

This award is presented to a company in recognition of outstanding community initiatives that are in line with the campaign to Make Poverty History. The winner should demonstrate a commitment to the community, not just profits.

Dimension Data Asia has a strong employee-driven culture, which extends into their operations, of giving back to society. Across the region, the company’s employees have joined the global campaign to Stand Up and Take Action Against Poverty as well as purchased student-made t-shirts to fund the distribution of malaria nets. With ONE (SINGAPORE), Dimension Data has supported flood relief in Pakistan and contributed to our MDG Fund, which works with a number of MDG-related projects throughout the region. The company also has a great internal CSR programme called Heads, Hearts and Hands (HHH) that operates across the breath of their global business, involving 51 countries across five regions.l.

Schneider Electric’s Country President for Singapore and Brunei, Ang Koon San, is presented The ONE (SINGAPORE) Award by NMP Laurence Lien while ONE (SINGAPORE) co-founder Michael Switow looks on.

Corporate Community Engagement Award: Schneider Electric Singapore

This award is presented to a company in recognition of outstanding community initiatives that are in line with the campaign to Make Poverty History. The winner should demonstrate a commitment to the community, not just profits.

Schneider Electric Singapore has put its core business strengths to use to help non-profit organizations. For example, instead of simply donating money (which they also did) to Willing Hearts, Schneider sent some of their best people to the soup kitchen to help it find ways to cut its energy costs, which is a win-win for the environment and Willing Hearts’ bank balance. Schneider Electric is also a key supporter of The ONE Food Drive.

This article was written by Charlene Ng and edited by Michael Switow. The photos were taken at The ONE Ball 2013, where the inaugural awards were presented.

See the winners of the 2015 ONE (SINGAPORE) awards here.