SIF's 25th Anniversary - The Magic of Connections

Thank you to our partners, Citizen Ambassadors and Friends of Singapore for joining us in celebrating 25 years of making friends for a better world. Our work in the areas of volunteer cooperation, social entrepreneurship, cultural exchange and digital storytelling would not have been possible without your time, trust and effort, so thank you from all of us here at the SIF! Sharing some highlights of the night here!

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Our 25th anniversary was all about the magic of connections – that magic can happen when we bring different communities together to do something positive!
A brief overview of our work across the different focus areas of Healthcare, Education, Environment, Business & Livelihood and Arts & Culture.
The Friends of Singapore wall – our overseas friends who could not join us physically for the event sent us their well-wishes.
One of the pianos from our “Play Me, I’m Yours” project supported through our Arts for Good initiative. “Play Me, I’m Yours” was a project in partnership with The Playtent and British artist Luke Jerram where 25 artists worked with social enterprises and welfare organisations in Singapore to decorate 25 donated pianos for exhibition in public spaces across the island. The project aimed to raise awareness for the causes championed by these organisations.
Chairs from our “CHAIRITY: Arts &Design Against Cancer” project supported through our Arts for Good initiative. 50 Indonesian and Singaporean artists designed 54 chairs to express their experiences with cancer. The project promoted awareness about cancer through an exhibition in Jakarta, and were then auctioned off at the CHAIRITY gala dinner. The auction raised $830,000 for the Indonesian Cancer Foundation (Jakarta Division) and the Indonesian Children Oncology Foundation.
Our citizen ambassadors, partners and friends of Singapore joined us for a commemorative dinner to celebrate 25 years of making friends for a better world, together.
Our citizen ambassadors, partners and friends of Singapore joined us for a commemorative dinner to celebrate 25 years of making friends for a better world, together.
Our guests enjoying some magic tricks performed by roving magicians before dinner began.
BEAT\'ABOX, which was the opening act for the night, giving a rousing welcome as President Dr Tony Tan joined us in the celebrations. BEAT’ABOX is a social enterprise which uses music as a vehicle to bring positive solutions to societal needs.
Our SIF representative Ms Zhang Kangmin shares with President Dr Tony Tan about the SIF’s different collaborations over the past 25 years –in the areas of Cultural Exchange, Good Business, Volunteer Cooperation and Our Better World, SIF’s digital storytelling initiative.
Mr Roland Davis, a representative from our partner the British Council, shares with President Dr Tony Tan about the collaborations between the British Council and the SIF to bridge the Singapore and British communities to effect greater mutual understanding between both communities.
Dr Phone Win and Daw Yuza from Mingalar Myanmar, our partner for Water for Life in Yangon, Myanmar, share with President Dr Tony Tan about the clean water project’s positive impact on the communities we worked with.
Our Board of Governors with the President and Minister of State (from left to right): Ms Hidayah Ong Hee Yah, Mr Tan Kai Ping, Ms Karen Ngui, Associate Professor Peter Pang, Mr David Chong, Chairman of the SIF Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, President Dr Tony Tan, Minister of State Dr Janil Puthucheary, Executive director Ms Jean Tan, Ambassador K Kesavapany, Mr Lian Wee Cheow, Ms Lee Huay Leng, Ms Ng Shin Ein.
Renowned musicians Clement Chow and Nita Aartsen, of “The Kupang Project”, which is supported by our Arts for Good initiative, presented a beautiful musical performance for the evening.
President Dr Tony Tan launched a commemorative book titled “Building A Better World”. It features the stories of 25 citizen ambassadors who have stepped out of their comfort zone to connect, collaborate and effect change in global communities.
Our citizen ambassador and Young Social Entrepreneurs programme alumnus Justine Lee from Soule, presenting President Dr Tony Tan our 25th anniversary commemorative book, titled “Building a Better World”. Read the book here:
Our work brings people from different walks of life together! Social entrepreneurs, artists, art therapists…the list goes on.
President Dr Tony Tan pens an autograph for this young guest at the event.
Lorong Boys ended the night with a beautiful rendition of a song much loved by Singaporeans - Home by Kit Chan.
Meet the Singapore International Foundation family! Here’s to many more meaningful years of connecting communities, enabling collaboration and effecting positive change!

12 September 2018
Singapore And Myanmar Team Up To Improve Healthcare For At Least 30,000 Lives In Yangon Over The Next Three Years

The collaboration between Singapore International Foundation (SIF), Yangon General Hospital (YGH) and Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) is aimed at raising the overall quality of trauma rehabilitation care in Myanmar.

15 August 2018
Singapore and Indonesia Work Together to Benefit Over 50,000 Lives Annually in East Java, Indonesia

Launch of four-year programme seeks to address the universal challenge of reducing mortality rate of infants and children under five years of age.

13 July 2018
Young Changemakers Of The SIF’S 2018 YSE Programme Gain Keen Insights Into Singapore’s Social Entrepreneurship Scene Ahead Of Their Final Pitching Session In October

This year marks the first time shortlisted participants were brought on a study visit to Singapore, and they received no less of an enriching experience than their alumni peers who had gone to Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur in previous years.

8 August 2018
President’s Inaugural Visit to the Singapore International Foundation

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) warmly welcomed Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, during her inaugural visit as Patron at the SIF’s premises on 18 July. More than 80 Citizen Ambassadors, SIF programme...

17 September 2018

Singaporean actress Oon Shu An and writer-host Jemimah Wei hit the road with our mobile library in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, joining the team of Singapore International Volunteers on the SIF's signature Words on Wheels programme.

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