President Dr Tony Tan was the Guest-of-Honour at the Seletar-SportCares Foundation Fund-Raising 2013. (Photo by Voxsport)
Since the Singapore Sports Council launches the SportCares Foundation last year, over 630 underprivileged children and youth have benefited from its programmes. As the name suggests, SportCares Foundation uses sports for social good, helping individuals to live better through sports. On 26th October, there was a prize presentation ceremony held at Seletar Country Club to award donors and beneficiaries of the SportCares Foundation.
The President of Singapore, Dr Tony Tan, Patron of SportCares, was the esteemed Guest-of-Honour who was present to award these donors and beneficiaries with plaques.
The donations to the SportCares Foundation will go towards supporting the needs of individuals by giving them the necessary facilities for training, educational support and mentoring for youths.
SportCares saw success in the early stages of its development as the social football programme known as Saturday Night Lights benefited hundreds of youths. The programme provided a platform for youths to learn the importance of respect and team spirit through the soccer.
Muhammad Aizat, one of the beneficiaries of the Saturday Night Lights who was recognised by his great commitment said, “I used to do a lot of bad things back in secondary school. I made my mum cry and my dad very angry, but after this programme I learnt to stay away from trouble and do my best in whatever I do.”
The 17 year old is currently waiting for his enrollment into Nanyang Polytechnic next year. He also states that he wishes to be a teacher that can act as a backbone for youths so that they would not walk into the wrong path like he did. For his soccer, he hopes to be a national player one day.
As part of the SportCares Foundation's expanding programmes, a new watersports programme will be launched, instilling values and life-skills through kayaking lessons and a water sports camp.
In the message from the President in the event booklet, it stated that he was grateful that Seletar Country Club organised a golf-tournament to raise funds for the SportCares Foundation. He also congratulated Singapore Sports Council on the wonderful progress of the SportCares Foundation.