A group of young volunteers from the Social Health Growth organised a charity golf and dinner at Raffles Country Club to raise funds for disadvantaged single mums on 12 October with Dr Tan Cheng Bock as the Guest of Honour.
Former President Candidate and PAP member of Parliament, Dr Tan Cheng Bock shared photos of the fund raising programme for disadvantaged single mums and said that he was amazed by young volunteers who contribute to social projects and are also active at community centres and many places on the island.
At the dinner, the Project Chairman, Alex Song shared many sad tales of disadvantaged single mums. He spoke of how he was called to assist a single mum who desperately needed milk powder and diapers for her baby. After going down to investigate the case, he found the baby sleeping on a cardboard. The mother was eventually provided with milk powder and diapers.
Social Health Growth provides specifically for Pregnancy Women (Teenager from 13 years to 18 years old), Low Income Earner, Youth (from 19 years to 45 years old), Ex-offender, and Ex-Drug Abusers.
The team of volunteers, made up of company owners, CEO, CFO, and Professionals) run the organisation with a common vision to help single mothers, and unweb mothers who are struggling to make ends meet.
Social Health Growth currently supports more then 55 families from Henderson, Redhil, Bedok, Yishun, Commonwealth crescent, and many more. It hopes to support an additional 50 families or even more for the next 6 months through the fundraiser.
The funds raised through the fund raising will be used to provide infant milk powder, diapers, course materials, as well as fruits and vegetables, on a monthly basis to help with the families in need. Social Health Growth also runs financial literacy classes for parents and enrichment programmes for the kids.
However, despite the activities that the organisation conducts for the less fortunate, Social Health Growth does not have the status of Institutions of A Public Character which allows it to issue tax deductible receipts for qualifying donations to donors.
Dr Tan commented on his Facebook post, “I wish them all the best.They are in their 5th year of social activities and l do hope they will be given IPC status to help them in their fund raising.”
“I encouraged them to carry on with the good work. l am proud of their drive and kindness in helping our fellow Singaporeans in need,” he added.
Dr Tan had earlier announced in March this year, of his intention to stand for the upcoming Presidential Election. However, Dr Tan will be not be eligible to stand as a candidate once the new amendments to the Elected Presidency is passed in Parliament in November.