The first of many to come!

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Claps of welcome broke through the silence of the theatre as our lovely and gentle Ms Tan Zhi Lin walked to the stage to take place by her soulmate, the Grand Piano.

Audiences immediately fell in love with the first presentation of the instrumental piece and needless to say more, they were captivated not only by the beautiful masterpieces but more so the sheer courage and calmness which our children displayed as they walked on the stage with such self-confidence.

In the weeks working up towards the day of self-actualisation in achieving the moment of displaying their talents before a hall of instrumental enthusiasts, there were ups and downs no doubt.

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One of our young talent who is aspiring to be in the field of Linguistics Pathology have been playing the guzheng for more than ten years - Samuel Lim. We managed to speak with him just before his performance where he cheerfully shared, ‘Exhilarating moment for me because although I have performed before but never once with an orchestra.’ Samuel also took the opportunity to express his thanks and love for his family’s unwavering support over the years. He encourages and wants to affirm the children of Club Rainbow – ‘Do your best! But don’t forget to have fun!’

Definitely will be a memorable evening for Samuel and not only his parents but all the parents of Club Rainbow’s young performers as we caught up with Anastasia’s mother, Mdm Kim.

Almost overwhelmed by emotions and holding back a teary look, she gasped ‘We are blessed to be part of Club Rainbow Singapore (CRS), and that she (Anastasia) could get a chance to perform at the Esplanade theatre. Thank you, RedHat too.’ Expressing that her daughter loves drumming so much that she had to always remind Anastasia of other priorities like her studies. Much like Samuel, Anastasia’s 1st performing opportunity was at the Dreamseeds Art Fest 2016. No stopping this young girl as she drummed passionately, expressing her feelings through each beat that evening.

A proud moment not only for frontstage but also for Felicia Lee, the Senior Executive from our Programmes Development Department working behind the scenes. She has been helping to coordinate the weekly rehearsals since the start of the year, and highlighted ‘their efforts were truly paid off by their outstanding performance.’ One of the best moment for her was witnessing their improvement – ‘some of them have not had experience playing with a large orchestra before/or on such large stages, but they looked like pros!’

Jun Rong’s (another of our young talent whose passion lies with the harmonica) dedication of his performance to Felicia came as a sweet surprise for her to which she smiled in acceptance of his appreciation for her continued support and encouragement.

Our Council Member, Ms Karen Tan and Deputy Executive Director, Mr Teo Siang Loong, were both present to cheer on our children as they crossed an impressive milestone on stage. Overall, the event was one to remember for a long time to come. We hope that our children will have many more opportunities such as these to bring them further in their passion for music.

For more enquiries on organising similar events with our children, please reach out to us –crscpm@clubrainbow.org.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Generally, CSR is an avenue for companies to contribute back to society by engaging in various aspects – medical, environmental, the marginalized, etc. I wonder if there could be more connection than that…

After much deliberation, my interpretation of CSR has gone in a more digestible way of looking at corporate as a community of like-minded individuals working towards the vision and mission of the company. With this, curiosity led me to thinking:

Community coming together in a Social environment and Relating to their peers who could or know someone who might be facing challenges beyond the norm.

This could be one way of looking at CSR at eye level (employees) apart from a top view (corporate).

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What is the difference?

One is a corporate initiative as part of the business directive to inculcate a business and social giving culture, while the other approach is to encourage the employees to take the lead of social giving culture within an organisation, thus, forming an integrated CSR approach making the corporate and employees within into a CSR partnership for the community beyond the company.

Article by
Rachel Valerie Fernandez

Contributing Way & Beyond

Norashikin (Pictured Left), seen smiling at last year’s Ride for Rainbows

Norashikin (Pictured Left), seen smiling at last year’s Ride for Rainbows

Hello Shikin! How many editions of Ride for Rainbows have you done?

I have been involved since Year 2013 and this year will be my 7th year!

How do you feel about helping out?

It’s still work of course but most importantly.. I enjoyed the experience wholeheartedly as it gives me the pleasure of helping the families in need.

Somewhere along the way, I learnt that there is nothing greater than to do something for others. “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have”.

What is your biggest motivation to do this year after year?

My biggest motivation will still be the beneficiaries, seeing them kept me going year after year.

And not forgetting all the riders who participated and fundraise for our children and their families. Without their effort and strength, RFR will not be a success.

“A person's most useful asset is not the head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love”.

Shikin is taking her inaugural ride at this year’s Ride for Rainbows! Show your support and encouragement to her here

Mr Henry Lim will be riding his 7th Edition of Ride for Rainbows this year

Mr Henry Lim will be riding his 7th Edition of Ride for Rainbows this year

What motivated you to take part in Ride for Rainbows since its inception in 2012?

 Since young, I have always enjoyed cycling as it provided a form of recreation, mode of transport, exercise and  sporting pursuit. Back in 2012, I came to know of Ride for Rainbows through a former school mate and a fellow cycling enthusiast.

Their idea of initiating support of Club Rainbow and its beneficiaries through a cycling fund raiser event resonated with me. I roped in a few of my colleagues from our company’s Sports and Recreation Club, to cycle, sponsor our ride and others to help with photography efforts.

Completing each consecutive ride was tough on the mind and body as we covered distances of 100km, cycling all round Singapore and in the middle of the night. I derived a huge sense of satisfaction and fulfilment from each completion of the long ride, knowing that the funds raised will help alleviate the plight of the children and their families as they cope with their illnesses. I look forward to continuing my efforts in combining cycling and fund raising for a worthwhile cause.

Do you have anything to tell our children or other fundraising riders?

 For the children and families of Club Rainbow - We want you to know that we are with you in spirit. Keep up the fighting spirit and stay positive. For my fellow fund raisers and riders – Let’s band and ride together as a caring community and do our best in our fund raising activities. Let’s look out for each other during the ride, ride safely and with due consideration for our fellow riders and other road users.

Ride for Rainbows 2019 is now open for registration. For more information, please click here

Creating Rainbow Memories

An inaugural run of Rainbow Memories was held at the MOX Auditorium on 8th December where all our graduating beneficiaries were invited to an intimate lunch session! It was a celebration of their journey with Club Rainbow thus far and it was heart warming to see how they have developed oneself with much strength and tenacity.

Together, beneficiaries put together a collage of how they envision their future and the hopes and wishes they have for the brand new year of 2019! It was definitely an event to remember, particularly to the staff and social workers who have played an important part of their journey..

At Club Rainbow, we want to wish all our graduating beneficiaries the very best in their lives ahead.

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Fun-Filled Kris Kringles

Kris Kringles with our corporate partners and interest groups…

 

Fun and laughter with Closerstill Media

 
 

Ho! Ho! Ho! 

Everyone's favorite Santa at RedHat

 
 

Tea Cake Baking &  Decoration  Workshop with  ABR Holding Ltd

 
 

Family of Harley  Davidson owners  sharing their  love...

 
 

Make a Wish with Trip Advisor!

 
 

Contact Ernest @ 98597249 or ernest@clubrainbow.org to find out more on opportunities and ideas to collaborate with us!

Words of Appreciation from our LO (Little Ones)

Club Rainbow (Singapore) is an independent charity that relies largely on corporate and public donations as well as government grants and funding to support our mission and sustain our work and daily operations.   

Thus, we have invited all our beneficiaries to share their love back to both individual and corporate donors who have been supporting Club Rainbow (Singapore) over the last 26 years and many more to come. Some of the many messages from our little ones…


Chee Yik Teng, 6

Chee Yik Teng, 6

 
 
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Audrey Nathania Agustiawan, 7

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Joshua Nepolian, 5

 
 
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Oon Hong Yang Lucus, 11

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Grace Vera Ng, 8

 
 
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Raphael Wee, 8

 

A number of our beneficiaries sharing their thanks and sending their love to all you beautiful donors out there who have made the challenges that they faced daily manageable through your contributions.


 

Life is just a Test or an Obstacle

Like one of the many lovable preschoolers joining Club Rainbow (Singapore) yearly, Loh Yi Jie who likes to be known as Leonel now, came to CRS many years ago in light of a blood disorder condition. All grown up with a strong passion for nursing whilst still harboring an aromatic subtle interest where it’s a daily dose of energy for all its lovers – Coffee! 

Leonel have been practising his barista skills since 2016 and was given the opportunity to pick up a Coffee Master Course, and eventually succeeded in attaining the highest level as a barista at Starbucks Coffee. A black aproned coffee master, he brewed some tasty coffee with the Starbucks flagship store at United Square until 2018.

His rainbow days as a preschooler to young child…

Apart from signing Leonel up for the various workshops, participating in CRS signature events and community partner organised shows over the many years, his mother was able to access the tuition support for him through the form of study awards.

The Education Awards is one area where it was very useful for the family. When applicants performed well academically, they will be rewarded with the cash award which helped with motivating individuals to focus on their studies and to excel beyond.

As Leonel got more involved and focused on his early years in education, CRS events held during school holidays made it so much easier for him to be able to join and have fun with these activities.

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Black Apron Coffee Master

A non-coffee lover, started out on his first part-time job with a local F&B outlet at the age of 16, to earn some pocket money. He went on to a fast food chain before discovering the seed of his interest buried deep within him through Starbucks. In fact, it was already ‘planted’ when he was doing his N levels as the popular coffee hangout was where he usually goes to for revision of subjects. There, he notices the way the coffee baristas were creating designs on the coffee foam which piqued his interest.

Now at 20, Leonel is able to tell the difference between the beans and the flavours. He shared, “During my training with the F&B coffee giant, I was expected to pick up the various methods of coffee brewing and barista services. From the use of espresso machine, Pour Over, Siphon to Chemex, etc. The training also helped to calibrate my palate and smell for identifying different tastes.” Just a book, one month and an assessment was what stands between him and a black apron (the Coffee Master title). Generally, it takes about 6 weeks, but Leonel took longer than others due to his studies and other commitments but he managed to pull through and now stand tall with pride, a proud owner of a black apron and presented as a qualified Coffee Master.

Being a skilled coffee barista is an interest where he hopes that in the near future with extra funds, time or as a retirement plan, he would be able to set up a café and share coffee appreciation with like minds. 

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A Gentle touch of Passion

An outstanding barista he may be but his heart still lies with nursing and the reason for such a passion was partly because of his growing years where he is constantly in and out of the hospital, being able to witness first-hand the nurses and doctors doing their best for every patient that come through the Specialist Clinic. He could empathise and understood how the other patients felt.

Nursing became his passion since his teen years, he had a caring heart. Teachers have also attested to his caring nature, sensitivity and the ability to empathise with his peers was evident. Leonel openly shared, “I feel that there are others out there who are in much a worse predicament then I am”. He added, “I would always use myself as a form of motivation to my friends by sharing about my condition and encourage them when they feel discourage and lose faith in themselves.”

 

“Like standing broad jump, aim further, you will go further

but sometimes you fall short and fail, don’t Get Upset. Get up and dust yourself.

There are always other chances.”

 

To him, life is just a test or obstacle; it’s a matter of how you manage the obstacle. He is contented that he is able to pursue his goals and that he will keep pushing forward to achieve his dreams.

Charity Sale

Annually, we organise fundraising campaigns such as Ride for Rainbows and for this year, we like to introduce our line of charity merchandises inspired by artworks of participating beneficiaries who underwent months of immersive training in visual arts.

The sale aims to raise funds to support a wide variety of programmes and services which Club Rainbow (Singapore) offers to beneficiaries and their families. By making a meaningful purchase, you can help to instill confidence and pride in these children and youths, and empower them to lead an enriching life, despite their personal challenges.


Cottony Tote Bag

filled with dreams…

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Our tote bags come in bold colours with meaningful quotations which resonate closely with our little ones.
Available in 2 different colours, bearing separate artworks by 2 of our beneficiaries.

Artist contributions
Red tote bag : Sage Tan Song Yen
Blue tote bag : Lim Yi Xin, Megan

 

‘Notey’ (or Nice) Notebook

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Pen your thoughts or plan your day with our PU Notebook, comes with 120 lined-pages (100gsm wood-free), beautified by a pair of our little artists for each book.

Artist contributions
Red notebook
Julian Miguel Juarez Arcilla (front) & Muhammad Ridhwan Bin Masli (back)

Blue notebook
Aw Kai Jun (front) & Thevasri Suresh (back)

 

NETS FlashPay Card

*Blink* *Blink*

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Displaying 2 of our beneficiaries' masterpiece design, this card can be used for public transport, partnering F&B outlets, ERP and CEPAS-compliant car park charges.

Artist contributions
Yellow background : Nurin Insyirah Binte Masli
Green background : Kieran Brunkard 

 

2019 Calendar - Me, Myself & You

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Calendar featuring artworks from various beneficiaries depicted in the calendar months of 2019. Included in is an overview for both years - 2019 and 2020.

Public holidays marked with cute designs, providing easy reference for schedule planning.

Artist contributions
Mass Amirah Binte Amir Matchap, Anastasia Mary Chieng Zhi Wei, Victoria Tan Hui En, Sage Tan Song Yen, Thevasri Suresh, Sun Tai Ge Tagore, Edric Leroy Ng Hon Jun, Jaron Lim Jia Hong, Atkins Soong Jin Le.

 

Mug of Imaginary Friends

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Portraying the little one’s imaginary friends on these ceramic mugs brings excitement to them to see these characters being featured on a merchandise.

Artist contributions
Bird & Hamster : Lee Jin
Cat & Mouse : Alfred Chua Shao Hong

 

For inquiries on purchasing our line of merchandises, please submit your interest

here.

 

Check out the video of our little ones with their merchandise as they share their excitement!

Charity Transparency and Governance Awards 2018

Away from the bustling city and nestled in the humble surroundings of nature in Gardens by the Bay was where the 6th annual Charity Governance Award (CGA) organised by the Charity Council happened this year. The event brings charity organisations from all walks together on this beautiful evening to recognise the exemplary governance practices demonstrated by the organisations and acknowledge their efforts to maintain transparency.  

We are proud to share that Club Rainbow (Singapore) has won the Charity Governance Award 2018 (Medium Category) and the Charity Transparency Award 2018. Our President, Dr Sashikumar Ganapathy, received the Charity Governance Award from the Guest-of-honor, Ms. Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community & Youth, at the CGA ceremony last evening.

The awards recognise Club Rainbow for adopting the highest standards of governance, in line with the Code of Governance for charities and IPC, and for displaying good disclosure practices as recommended by the Charity Transparency Framework (CTF).

 

“Our beneficiaries start their journey with us from as young as a newborn, all the way up to age 20. On this long journey, while we aim to provide the best programmes and services to empower and help them live their best possible lives, it is only through organisation-wide concerted efforts to uphold good governance and strategic initiatives that we are able to continue to carry out our purpose for our beneficiaries with chronic illnesses. Every member of our team is aware of our ultimate goal for our beneficiaries and actively contributes to our on-going efforts to ensure we continue to deliver the best for them.”

Dr Sashikumar Ganapathy

President

 

Also representing Club Rainbow (Singapore) at the Awards ceremony were Mr Gregory Vijayendran (member of Advisory Board), Mr Eric Teo (Vice-President), Mr Allen Zheng (Honorary Treasurer), Miss Jennifer Kok (Deputy Executive Director) and Mr Teo Siang Loong (Deputy Executive Director).

Dr Sashikumar humbly shared that over the years Club Rainbow has stepped up its efforts in its pursuit of governance excellence by being in line with the Code of Governance for charities and IPC as well as maintaining good disclosure practices according to the Charity Transparency Framework (CTF). Some of the key areas for disclosure are Board and Executive Management, Strategic Direction and Programme Management, HR Management, Management of Conflict of Interest, Financial Management and Internal Controls, Conduct of Fundraising Activities, Auditor’s Report, and Timeliness of Disclosure.

Taking this opportunity, both the Council and Dr Sashikumar give their grateful thanks to everyone in the team for rising above the challenges and playing a role in clinching these two prestigious awards this year.

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About Charity Governance Awards

The annual Charity Governance Awards (CGA), first launched by the Charity Council, is in its 6th year now and recognises charities that have adopted the highest standards of governance, in line with the Code of Governance for charities and IPCs. The CGA aims to promote good governance in the charity sector by acknowledging the excellent work of charities while inspiring others to emulate their best practices. Similarly, the Charity Transparency Awards (CTA) recognises charities with good disclosure practices that the Charity Transparency Framework (CTF) recommends. Some key dimensions highlighted as key areas for disclosure are Board and Executive Management, Strategic Direction and Programme Management, HR Management, Management of Conflict of Interest, Financial Management and Internal Controls, Conduct of Fundraising Activities, Auditor’s Report, and Timeliness of Disclosure.