The Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC) announced on 22 April that it would be working together with Community Chest for the 8th ASEAN Para Games.
National Council of Social Service (NCSS) CEO Mr Sim Gim Guan (left) and Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC) Chairman Mr Lim Teck Yin. (Photo by VoxSports)
SAPGOC hopes that its partnership with Community Chest - the fundraising arm of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) - will be able to build awareness and rally the public to support the Games, which will be held from 3 to 9 December.
All proceeds from the sales of Games’ merchandise will be donated to Community Chest, while the amount will be matched by the government under the Care & Share movement.
NCSS CEO Mr Sim Gim Guan said: “We will be joining the Organising Committee to publicise the upcoming ASEAN Para games and encourage the community to support it through spectatorship and volunteerism.”
“This partnership is yet another example of how the nation comes together to care and share for the people in our community.
“As we look forward to witnessing the strong performance of our Para Athletes, we also hope that their success will spur fellow Singaporeans to help and contribute to the success of the less privileged in our midst.”
Both SAPGOC EXCO chairman Mr Lim Teck Yin and Mr Sim stressed that the focus of this partnership should remain centrally around creating awareness for the less-privileged.
“It’s not just for the fund-raising, it’s for the larger stories which can be told through the Community Chest movement,” Mr Lim added.
Both Mr Lim Teck Yin (above) and Mr Sim stressed that the focus of this partnership should remain centrally around creating awareness for the less-privileged. (Photo by VoxSports)
“Community Chest have their partners and we hope to engage their partners for the Para Games to get their messages out.”
Para-athletes present during the official announcement of the partnership were delighted by the news.
Para-badminton player Tay Wei Ming said that he has never experienced this level of support before but added that there will always be room for improvement.
Para-badminton player Tay Wei Ming (above, holding microphone). (Photo by VoxSports)
Sailor Jovin Tan agreed: “What I would like to see is para sports shown on television, and more attention is given to us as compared to the able-bodied.”