CEOs, NorthLight School students, celebrities, Deloitte staff, and Team Singapore netballers met on court this morning to play it out in two charity matches to raise funds for the Rainbow Centre, Singapore at Deloitte Pesta Sukan 2016.
NorthLight students posing with local celebrities after the NorthLight School versus Celebrities Charity Match at the Deloitte Pesta Sukan. Photo: Netball Singapore
The first match – the CEO Charity Challenge – was led by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu and Mr Philip Yuen, CEO of Deloitte Southeast Asia and Singapore. Participants of this match were invited by Deloitte and comprise of CEOs and senior management of leading companies like Singtel and Fullerton Health. These participants donated at least S$500 each to take part, with Deloitte matching the donation dollar for dollar.
The teams were captained by retired Team Singapore netball captain Micky Lin and Team Singapore netballer Charmaine Soh, both of whom are also Deloitte employees. Playing together with the invited guests were other Team Singapore netballers who also work at Deloitte, and Deloitte partners.
Minister Grace Fu, Ministry of Culture, Communications and Youth, with the ball during the CEO Charity Match. Photo: Netball Singapore
Netballers from NorthLight School (NLS) were up against a team of celebrities in the second match. This was NLS’ first public match since Deloitte and Netball Singapore helped start netball as a CCA in the school in January this year. For this match, NLS had a little help from three Deloitte employees who are Netball Super League players.
Their opposing team comprises of actress Paige Chua, actress/host Jade Seah, actor/host Paul Foster, host Barbara Latimer, actress Shine Koh, actress Joey Feng, model Yumiko Hoskin and 938Live sports editor Philip Goh.
The second match raised S$5,000 with Deloitte topping up S$1,500 after donating S$500 for each of the 7 goals the NLS team scored.
Through the donations and proceeds from the charity match, a total of S$15,000 was raised to help the Rainbow Centre with the construction of a much needed campus extension to increase capacity to serve more children on the waiting list and expand its intake for students up to 18 years old.
Minister Grace Fu (second from right), Ministry of Culture, Communications and Youth; Ms Jessica Tan, Member of Parliament and President of Netball Singapore; and Mr Philip Yuen, CEO of Deloitte SEA and Singapore; presenting the cheque to Ms Tan Sze Wee, Executive Director, Rainbow Centre Singapore. Photo: Netball Singapore
Ms Jessica Tan, Member of Parliament, and President of Netball Singapore noted: “Deloitte is a great sponsor to be associated with and their partnership has definitely helped to enhance the event. It’s great that the netball community is able to come together to raise funds for the underprivileged and it is also heartening to see that interest in the sport continues to grow and that the participation for the Deloitte Pesta Sukan was overwhelming.”
“Partnering with Netball Singapore and being the title sponsor for Pesta Sukan 2016 has given us a new avenue to fulfil our purpose – to make an impact in our community. We are very encouraged by the overwhelming support we received from the netball community, our partners and friends, who have helped made these year’s event successful," said Mr Philip Yuen, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Southeast Asia and Singapore.
“We are also privileged to be able to partner with the Rainbow Centre, Singapore and contribute to their efforts in providing education and vocational training for their students, and also training for caregivers and social services professionals in order for these students to better integrate into society.”
“Rainbow Centre is delighted that Deloitte has chosen us to be their beneficiary this year. Their contribution increases our capacity to better serve more students. Deloitte has a strong culture of giving back and through very meaningful ways such as this sporting event, which has brought different people in the community together for a good cause," said Ms Tan Sze Wee, Executive Director, Rainbow Centre Singapore.