Three-course gourmet dinner, check. Performance by theatre group Wild Rice, check. Fireside chat by the guest of honour, Monetary Authority of Singapore managing director Ravi Menon, check. More than 500 guests turned up for a good cause during a fund-raising dinner organised by ACI Singapore - The Financial Markets Association on May 29, in the last days of the circuit breaker. It was a novel gathering - everything took place remotely via videoconferencing tool, Zoom. Meals from 23 top restaurants, such as Les Amis and Odette, were delivered to the homes of guests, as were the event T-shirts and door gift of a pot of edible plant. Welcome to the brave new world of fund raising amid a pandemic in 2020. Mr Leng Hoe Lon, chairman of the fund-raiser, said ACI has organised a charity golf event and gala dinner to raise funds for charity every year since 1994. This year, its fund-raiser was scheduled for last month, but with the Covid-19 outbreak and circuit breaker ... » Learn More about Charities face new fund-raising reality amid pandemic
Pattaya, Thailand- The Rotary Club of Pattaya, which has been around since 1972 providing charitable events in the local community, is currently presenting a socially distanced friendly art exhibition/competition on the sixth floor of Central Festival featuring art from talented students at eleven local schools displaying the individual artist’s renditions of peace. This continues until Thursday, May 6th, currently. The 87 entries, depicting each individual artist’s visual interpretation of ‘peace’, will be shown in an exhibition at Central Festival shopping mall on the 6th floor for 14 days from April 23rd until May 6th, where anyone can come and vote for your favorites. Each individual gets the chance to vote for their three favorites, the mall is currently open from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. due to Covid-19 precautions. All the paintings were hand-drawn and designed by actual local Pattaya students from eleven local schools. There are members from the Rotary Club of Pattaya ... » Learn More about Rotary Club of Pattaya announces new date for charity peace concert due to Covid-19 situation
Charities in Singapore could be graded by next year to help donors narrow down and decide more easily which organisations to donate to. Work is under way to design this new regulatory compliance indicator, and the aim is to roll it out on the www.charities.gov.sg charity portal by next year. The initiative was announced by Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Sim Ann yesterday. She said her ministry is simplifying the process of searching for charities' information on the charity portal to help donors make informed choices. "Each charity's profile page, starting with those that are Institutions of a Public Character (IPC), will feature information about how well the IPC is governed, for example, its level of regulatory compliance." The new indicator is intended to reveal at a glance whether a charity has met the minimum 80 per cent compliance prescribed in the Code of Governance for Charities and IPCs, and whether the audit opinion in the independent ... » Learn More about New indicator to show how well charities are governed
NEW YORK: The shock announcement that billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates are to divorce after 27 years of marriage has raised questions about the future of their hugely influential charity. Here, AFP takes a look at the Gates Foundation, from how it works and what projects it finances, to its impact on the pandemic and how the non-profit may be impacted by the split. Its mission, and vast budget The couple say the idea for the foundation came to them as young parents when they read a newspaper article about millions of children in developing countries dying from easily treatable illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia. In 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was launched to fight disease and poverty around the world. In the United States, an initial focus on providing access to computers and the Internet was expanded to improving education in general. With 1,600 staff members in offices around the world, the Gates Foundation gives away roughly ... » Learn More about How will Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce impact their charity?
SINGAPORE - Celebrate Mother's Day with a feast, or take part in a yoga or muay thai session by the beach. Food & drink Osia Steak & Seafood Grill and Fratelli At Osia Steak & Seafood Grill, feast on a five-course tasting menu ($155) of Pacific-style seafood and meats like Blackmore Wagyu Tenderloin Tartare, Surf Clam, Australian Blackmore Full Blood Wagyu Skirt Steak And Wild Red Prawn, and Coconut Ice Cream with Grilled Pineapple for dessert. At Fratelli, enjoy Hawaiian inspired dishes such as Lomi Lomi Salmon ($24), Pizza Hawaiian Ku'uipo ($30), Ono Lu'Au Pizza ($32) and Haupia Pie ($14). Dinners enjoy 40 per cent off on when they pay with Mastercard. Where: Fratelli, 02-144 Hotel Michael, 26 Sentosa Gateway; Osia Steak & Seafood Grill, Festive Walk 02-140/141, 26 Sentosa Gateway MRT: HarbourFront When: Till May 31. Fratelli: 5 to 10pm (dinner); Osia: 11.30am to 3pm (lunch), 6 to 10pm (dinner) Info: Resorts World Sentosa's website ... » Learn More about Events and listings: Food, sports, charity
Facade of the UP – Philippine General Hospital. Image from the PGH website MANILA, Philippines — Eighty patients are awaiting to be admitted at the charity ward of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) as the facility also records over 90-percent bed occupancy for COVID-19 dedicated beds, the hospital’s spokesperson said Tuesday. “Based on the data from our transfer command center, approximately 80 patients are on our waitlist requesting to be admitted from their homes or transferred from another hospital,” PGH spokesperson Dr. Jonas Del Rosario said in a text message to INQUIRER.net. Del Rosario explained that these waitlisted patients cannot be admitted right away at the PGH charity ward yet because many patients also need beds at the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU). “We cannot admit them because many need an ICU bed or dialysis. Our rooms are filled up right away by patients who are severely ill who walked in to our ER (emergency room),” he added. In an earlier ... » Learn More about 80 patients on PGH’s waitlist for charity ward, says hospital spox
Bill and Melinda Gates set up their charitable foundation when, as young parents, they read about millions of children in developing countries dying from easily treatable illnesses such as diarrhea. NEW YORK: The shock announcement that billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates are to divorce after 27 years of marriage has raised questions about the future of their hugely influential charity. Here, AFP takes a look at the Gates Foundation, from how it works and what projects it finances, to its impact on the pandemic and how the non-profit may be impacted by the split. Its mission, and vast budget The couple say the idea for the foundation came to them as young parents when they read a newspaper article about millions of children in developing countries dying from easily treatable illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia. In 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was launched to fight disease and poverty around the world. In the United States, an initial ... » Learn More about How will Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce impact their charity?
WASHINGTON: From muddy streets in South Africa’s townships to cocktail parties at Davos – Bill and Melinda Gates came as a pair. Together, they built a charitable empire through Bill’s technology company Microsoft and the massive non-profit they co-founded and co-chair, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. And when it came time to announce on May 3 the end of their 27-year marriage, they did that as a pair too in a joint statement posted to their respective Twitter accounts at exactly the same moment. Gates, 65, summed it up like this in a 2019 Netflix documentary series: “In the case of Melinda, it is truly an equal partner.” “She’s a lot like me in that she is optimistic and she is interested in science. She is better with people than I am. She’s a tiny bit less hard core about knowing, you know, immunology, than I am.” Not ‘spontaneous enough’ Born October 28, 1955, William H. Gates grew up in Seattle and fell in love with machines and computer programming as a ... » Learn More about Bill and Melinda Gates: a duo undone
The following is a press release from UNICEF, their thoughts and opinions are their own. BANGKOK, 6 May 2021 – UNICEF is ramping up support to help curb the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Bangkok’s Klongtoey community through distributing ultra-heat treated (UHT) milk and hygiene supplies, providing critical information and guidelines as well as mobilizing community workers and volunteers to protect the most vulnerable children and families. UNICEF is supporting Klongtoey D Jung Group of Komol Keemthong Foundation, a non-governmental organization, and other partners on the ground to establish a community response system to fight the recent outbreak in the community and help children and families access health services, child protection such as psychosocial support and counseling and other critical assistance as soon as possible. UNICEF is also mobilizing trained volunteers and hiring additional full-time community workers to help track new cases, facilitate referrals to ... » Learn More about UNICEF ramps up support to curb COVID-19 outbreak in Bangkok’s Klongtoey community
SINGAPORE - When the circuit breaker kicked in last year, theatre student Muhammad Akid Budiman, 13, was at a loss on what to do as the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted his life. "A year ago, the days were so long... I didn't know what to do at home," said the beneficiary of the Business Times Budding Artist Fund (BTBAF), which celebrated its 16th anniversary on Friday (May 7). "But my trainers at The Little Arts Academy kept connecting with us, and it helped to just talk to them when I was trying to pass the time." The fund has made arts accessible to over 20,000 children and youth like Akid from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. His story along with BTBAF alumnus Dowlatkhah N Sara and beneficiary Bazil Khalaf Basir was featured in a digital film chronicling the life challenges they faced, which premiered at the 16th anniversary of the fund on Friday. The film - Live: Life A Celebration Of Lives Well-Lived Through the Budding Artists Fund - was screened to a limited number ... » Learn More about BT Budding Artists Fund celebrates 16 years of nurturing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds