Children’s Day celebrations came early for some 1,000 children who were treated to a jolly day of fun at The Maritime Experiential Museum, S.E.A Aquarium and a musical performance. The celebrations were part of the ‘Children for Children’ annual charity fundraiser, jointly organised by Singapore’s business daily The Business Times (BT), CHIJ (Kellock) Primary School, and arts organisation The Rice Company Ltd. Children’s Day took place on 5 October 2018.
Company representatives from CDL, Hong Leong Foundation, HLHL, MHR and HLF were present at the annual fundraising and charity event to witness the joy on every child’s face. They include Hong Leong Foundation Governor and CDL Group Chief Strategy Officer Mr Kwek Eik Sheng, HLHL Assistant Sales Manager Mr Jonathan Kek, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel General Manager Mr Cheong Hai Poh, and HLF Vice President, Marketing Services Ms Yet Pek Yeen.
The Guest-of-Honour was Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development & Second Minister for National Development.
Together with other key sponsors, a total of S$337,793 was raised for the annual charity fundraiser.
Since 2008, ‘Children for Children’ has brought more than 10,000 children under the Ministry of Education’s financial assistance scheme to various iconic destinations in Singapore such as The Singapore Flyer, the Singapore Zoo and Universal Studios Singapore to celebrate Children’s Day. This year’s event was at Resorts World Sentosa.
Funds raised support the BT Budding Artists Fund, which has provided more than 16,000 financially disadvantaged children and youth with arts training and performing opportunities since 2004.