25 Jan 2014

NTUC Club and nEbO share some L.O.V.E. with Shan You Counselling Centre with a $300,000 donation

The donation will go towards the centre’s food ration distribution service to needy families and individuals, the set-up of a permanent thrift store and a student drop-in centre.

1.            Shan You Counselling Centre received a donation of $300,000 from NTUC Club and nEbO today at a pre-Chinese New Year celebratory dinner. The funds were raised through nEbO’s L.O.V.E. movement, which aims to encourage youths and the public to spare a thought and care for the less fortunate. L.O.V.E. is one of nEbO’s Life-Ready initiatives under its Care community which hopes to instil a sense of social responsibility among youths, spark their passion for volunteerism and encourage youth leaders to step up to inspire their peers.

2.            Initiated in August 2012, L.O.V.E aims to raise funds for various beneficiaries including the Singapore Red Cross Society and Family Life Centre by selling 63,000 L.O.V.E. wristbands. To date, 25,000 orange wristbands inscribed with the tagline ‘Living On the Very Edge’ have been sold at $2 each, and NTUC Club has pledged $20 for every wristband sold in support of L.O.V.E. The committee’s fundraising efforts will continue in 2014, with events such as Music for L.O.V.E. and roadshows.

3.            Kelly Cheng, a 22 year-old nEbO champion who is chairperson of the L.O.V.E. youth committee, is thrilled to see the fruits of their labour. “It has been a tough road to raise funds through the sales of the wristbands, and there were times when we felt discouraged and wanted to give up. But we always kept in mind that our efforts can really make a difference, and we are so happy to see the $300,000 donation to Shan You. This milestone fires us up and gives us the extra motivation we need to achieve our goal.”

4.            The $300,000 donation will help Shan You Counselling Centre in three different ways. A third will go towards the centre’s food ration distribution service, which will help to cover 6 months of food item purchases for 300 households. The rest of the funds will be channelled towards setting up a permanent thrift shop selling pre-loved and new items and appliances at affordable prices, as well as a drop-in centre for students to revise their work and use the internet for research and learning.

5.            As they have for the past 5 years, nEbO will work closely with Shan You Counselling Centre to serve the needs of their beneficiaries. nEbO members will assist with the packing and delivery of food rations to families every two months and help in the set up of the thrift shop. They will also volunteer their time at the drop-in centre, helping the children revise their schoolwork or organise enrichment activities and outings.

6.            “We would like to express our sincere thanks to NTUC Club and nEbO for their generous donation to Shan You Counselling Centre,” said Dr Jenny Quek, President of Shan You Counselling Centre. “Their contribution will go a long way towards helping with the services and facilities that we provide to lighten the load of needy families. We look forward to our continuing partnership with nEbO, and working together with the youth to serve the needs of our community.”

7.            Present at the dinner, titled Smiles for Fortune, were 150 nEbO youth volunteers, and beneficiaries from Shan You Counselling Centre. Earlier in the day, the youths had brought some festive cheer to these low-income families and the elderly by spring-cleaning their homes in preparation for the Chinese New Year. This was followed by a traditional lo hei dinner at Downtown East to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism. The event is part of nEbO’s W.I.S.H. (Ways In Sharing Happiness), a month-long community service campaign which saw 400 youth volunteers bringing smiles and joy to 385 beneficiaries.

8.            “As an NTUC Social Enterprise, NTUC Club is mindful of our social purpose to Do Good. It is heartening to see the social consciousness and passion exhibited by the youths in nEbO’s Care community, particularly those involved in the L.O.V.E. movement. In support of their efforts, we are delighted to lend a helping hand to Shan You Counselling Centre with the $300,000 donation raised by NTUC Club & nEbO. The growth of the Care community is a great encouragement to nEbO and their efforts to promote volunteerism among the youth, and we look forward to nEbO doing more good for and with the youths,” said Mr Yeo Khee Leng, Chief Executive Officer of NTUC Club.

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