Movies, popcorn and a whole lot of fun is the best way to describe the 2015 Singtel Touching Lives Fund (STLF) event, a yearly affair that sees special needs children from the adopted charities of STLF coming together with their parents, teachers and volunteers for a movie, great food and a good time.
This year, enjoying cartoon characters’ madcap adventures on the big screen were 120 children from five special schools and programmes supported by Community Chest: APSN Chaoyang School, APSN Tanglin School, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore School, Eden School and MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School.
Past year’s movies include ‘Hotel Transylvania’ and ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2’.
Singtel's Touching Lives Fund (STLF) has raised more than $20 million for NCSS since its inception in 2002. Even before that, Singtel has matched the monthly contributions made by its employees to Community Chest, and has in many ways come alongside over the years to engage and help the community.
Singtel makes contributions to the costs of vital education for children and youth with special needs under the five special schools and programmes supported by Community Chest via the STLF.
In 2014, Singtel donated $1.1 million to establish and operate the Singtel Enabling Innovation Centre (EIC) to ensure that SPED students who were previously supported by STLF can seek gainful employment with appropriate training and placement in the areas of contact centre operations, and online and social marketing.
Aside from the donation, Singtel will lend its expertise and volunteer resources to support training programmes for the Contact Centre Training housed in the EIC, and conduct ICT literacy courses for beneficiaries.
Singtel’s venture capital arm, Singtel Innov8, will also help to establish the EIC as a community space to connect people and encourage collaboration in the development of innovative solutions for persons with disabilities.
“Setting up the Singtel Enabling Innovation Centre is a natural extension of our long-term support for children and youths with special needs. With our core capabilities and staff expertise, we will impart useful skills and knowledge to drive sustainable improvements in their lives.”
- Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chairman of the Singtel Touching Lives Fund and CEO Consumer Singapore at Singtel.
As part of its continual efforts to engage the community in fundraising for Community Chest, Singtel set up a donation channel for Community Chest via its mobile payment app Dash. From August 2015, users of the app can simply log in to their app on their smartphones and donate to the Community Chest on the go in a fast and secure manner.
Singtel is a recipient of the Pinnacle Award, the highest honour given by Community Chest in recognition of an organisation’s or individual’s unwavering support and commitment.