Category Archives: 2013

Make Inequality History

Is it possible to eliminate inequality?

A high level UN panel thinks so. They’ve made a call to ‘Leave No One Behind’. But what does this mean? And if we eradicate ‘inequality’ as opposed ‘poverty’, what are the implications?


The panel is timed to coincide with the UN Secretary-General’s report to the United Nations General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 development agenda. Singapore is a member of a key UN working group that may shape this new agenda. What are its positions?

If you are interested to know more about inequality and its correlation to poverty, then join this round-table discussion co-organised by ONE (SINGAPORE), Save the Children and the Wee Kim Wee Centre.

  • When: Tuesday 24 September 2013, from 7 – 9pm
  • Where: University Lounge, Level 6, Administration Building. 81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065.

Additional Background

The ONE Food Drive 2013


Two Great Ways to Participate!

Online Giving

Online fundraising continues until 31 December. Proceeds benefit Willing Hearts and the ONE (SINGAPORE) campaign to Make Poverty History.  Click here to contribute by credit card or via PayPal.


Proceeds benefit the beneficiary partners and the ONE (SINGAPORE) campaign to Make Poverty History. Funds raised from the ONE Food Drive 2012 were used by ONE

(SINGAPORE) to purchase 45 cartons of eco-friendly bio-degradable lunch boxes (approximately 25,000 pieces) for Willing Hearts.

Willing Hearts is a soup kitchen that prepares and delivers thousands of free meals every day of the year to our neighbours in need. Take a closer look at their work – from the volunteers to the beneficiaries in this excellent photo essay.

Food Donations

Come down to the Tanjong Pagar Distripark with your food donations on Saturday 14 December! Donated items will be split between Willing Hearts and The Food Bank Singapore.


The ONE Food Drive 2013 will be held from 10 am to 3pm on Saturday 14 December at The Food Bank Singapore.

It’s located in the warehouse of FoodXervices Inc at #01-02/04

Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065 (directly opp the old railway station).

We accept both bulk items (which are great for use by the soup kitchen) as well as smaller items that are better for individual use. However, avoid bringing any fresh food and perishables. Here’s a list of suggested food items you could donate.

The Food Bank Singapore is a place where you can “deposit” food so that it will be distributed to people in need. Set up in April 2012 by two food industry professionals – siblings Nicholas and Nichol Ng – the food bank matches your donations with homes for the aged, soup kitchens and other charities.

More info and ideas on how you can help here.

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The ONE Ball 2013 . . . A Legendary Night

Come 12th October 2013, ONE (SINGAPORE) will celebrate the legends and heroes of our time at the Singapore Marriott Hotel. We would love to see you at our second annual ball, so mark your calendars!

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See the fun we had at The ONE Ball 2012 and eleven ways to spell ONE.

Event Highlights at at our inaugural gala, The ONE Ball 2012.

Vernetta Lopez at The ONE Ball 2012.

Tan Cheng Bock plays ukulele and sings “Island in the Sun” and “I understand”.

If you, your business or organisation would like to become a partner for The ONE Ball 2013, please contact Cynthia MacQuarrie.

Additional Information:

  • Sponsors
  • The Stars & Entertainment
  • The ONE (SINGAPORE) Awards 2013

Film Screening ‘No Woman, No Cry’

On Wednesday 28 August, ONE (SINGAPORE) and SMU’s Wee Kim Wee Centre will be screening a powerful documentary about maternal health and the challenges faced by pregnant women in four parts of the world: a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States.. Followed by a moderated discussion.


Every ONE Can 2013

ONE (SINGAPORE) presents

Every ONE Can 2013
in conjunction with Food ReXycling Day

Help ONE (SINGAPORE) celebrate The Food Bank Singapore’s First Anniversary with our annual grocery warehouse sale, Every ONE Can.  But this year, in addition to buying groceries on site for donation (and your own cupboards) at great discounted prices, we also invite you to ‘recycle’ food by bringing in-kind donations as well.

This is how it works:

  • Join us on Saturday 20 April from 10am – 3pm at FoodXervices to purchase food at rock bottom prices for donation to The Food Bank Singapore.
  • You can also shop for yourself and enjoy a 25% discount on all groceries.  But first, you must buy at least one item for donation or donate a ReXycled item.
  • Bring at least 1 food item to be ReXycled and receive an extra 5% off your total bill.  (The item for donation must be unopened, unexpired and in good condition.)
  • If you can’t make it for the event, you can go online to purchase food items for donation from 18 – 30 April.

So come down for a fun-filled discounted grocery shopping experience. You can stock your own cupboards as well as support the good work done by our beneficiaries.  In addition, we’ll also have stalls from other charities and social enterprises with great gifts for sale.

Every ONE Can feeds a hungry person. Every ONE Can Stand Up and Make a Difference. Every ONE Can Make Poverty History!

Event Details

  • Date: 20 April 2013
  • Time: 10AM – 3PM
  • Venue: FoodXervices (39 Keppel Road, #01-02/04 Tanjong Pagar Distripark)


Panel Discussion: Stop the Violence! Ending Poverty & Violence Against Women

ONE (SINGAPORE) examines the links between Poverty and Violence Against Women.

As many as 7 in 10 women will be abused, beaten, mutilated or raped in their lifetimes.

“Gender-based violence is a means by which inequalities between men and women are perpetuated throughout the world,” notes Helen Clark of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Violence or the fear of violence can prevent women from insisting on safe sex, making them more vulnerable to contracting HIV. And in addition to the immediate physical and mental health consequences, gender violence has a long-term impact on women’s and girls’ education, employment, economic status and political participation.

“It is essential to address (gender violence) if we are to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and accelerate development progress more broadly,” Clark adds.

Poverty breeds Gender Violence. And Gender Violence leads to Poverty. But neither is inevitable.

Join ONE (SINGAPORE), Marina Mahathir, Trina Liang-Lin of UN Women Singapore and grassroots social worker Azrahayu Ahmad Afandi for a frank and open discussion about the facts, the causes and what we can do to create The World We Want. The panel discussion will be moderated by Ms. Hani Mohamed, President of ONE (SINGAPORE).


Additional Background

Free Lunch for Women on IWD at J’s @ Purvis

To All The Ladies! Come Down to J’s@ Purvis for a Free Lunch!
On Friday, 8 March. Eat to your fill and pay what your heart wills.
There will be three seatings: 12 p.m. 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.


Proceeds will be donated to ONE (SINGAPORE)’s MDG Fund and will be used to support the Little Sisters Fund, which provides scholarships to economically disadvantaged girls in Nepal.  Educate a girl, you educate a nation.  Without the support of the Little Sisters Fund which enables them to stay in school, the girls would be more susceptible to child labour, child marriage and human trafficking.

Additional Information

Post-2015 Panel Discussion

Since 2000, the Millennium Development Goals have provided a global framework for improving the lives of millions of poor children, women and men. Significant progress has been made in terms of poverty reduction, reduction of child and maternal mortality and increased access to education. But much remains to be done.

As we press hard to achieve all eight goals by 2015, we must also ensure that there is an agreed path forward to create The World We Want.  In addition, over the past fifteen years, new challenges have emerged.  In most countries, inequality has increased sharply. Environmental sustainability is under threat. Good governance is undermined by vested interests.

Yet opportunities are there.  We can create a world where no child dies from preventable causes, every girl and boy goes to school, communities are free from the threat of  violence and poverty is no more.  Asia’s achievements over the last decades may already be charting a course.

As we approach the end of the Millennium Developments Goals, the challenge is now to develop a new framework, building on the opportunities and robustly addressing the challenges.

This panel discussion and dinner, jointly organised by ONE (SINGAPORE), the Asia Regional Office of Save the Children and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs offers an opportunity to examine what the new post-2015 framework should look like, how it should be developed and how governments, the private sector and civil society in Asia can play a strong role.