President Makes Inaugural Visit To Singapore International Foundation As Patron

Singapore, 18 July 2018 – The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) warmly welcomed Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, during her inaugural visit as Patron at SIF’s premises earlier today.

More than 80 Citizen Ambassadors (CAs), SIF programme partners, members of the diplomatic corps, donors as well as SIF staff met and engaged with President Halimah Yacob during a reception. CAs are Singapore volunteers who have volunteered overseas with SIF to enable positive, sustainable development in countries like India, Indonesia, China, Cambodia and Vietnam, amongst others.

President Halimah Yacob’s patronage underscores the vital role SIF plays in fostering international understanding and cooperation to enhance lives and enable positive change.

Since its inception in 1991, SIF has devoted its efforts in strengthening ties between Singaporeans and world communities. Over 14.5 million lives have been positively impacted through its programmes which span areas including healthcare, education, the environment, arts and culture, as well as livelihood and business.  Its work is championed and enabled by Singaporeans who work collaboratively alongside host communities overseas.

President Halimah Yacob became SIF’s Patron earlier in January this year. She succeeded former President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam who was the Foundation’s previous Patron from November 2011 to August 2017, and the late SR Nathan who supported the SIF for 11 years from January 2001 to August 2011.

The SIF is privileged and grateful for President Halimah Yacob’s friendship and guidance in furthering its mission of making friends for a better world.



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