Mr Tan Chuan-Jin
Speaker of Parliament of Singapore
My first contact with Club Rainbow (Singapore), was back in 2016, when they invited me to be their Guest of Honor for their signature overnight cycling fundraiser, Ride for Rainbows. The following year, besides reprising the role of the Guest of Honor for the event, I joined the other fundraising riders on this remarkable evening, as a rider myself. I witnessed the commitment of these volunteers to the cause and the dedication of the Council and staff.
Club Rainbow (Singapore) has a simple goal – to empower its beneficiaries who are chronically ill to live full and independent lives. This resonates deeply with me as I believe that every child should have the opportunity to grow into their potential, regardless of their health or family background. But a simple goal is not necessarily an easy one. So when they invited me to be their Patron, I gladly accepted and hoped to do my part in furthering their cause, impacting the lives of the children under their care.
The Management Council of Club Rainbow comprise entirely of volunteers. They do not receive payment for their services to the charity.
The Council meets up monthly to steer the charity. Individual Council members are in regular contact with the full-time staff at Club Rainbow. Through this, they maintain a dynamic hands-on approach in the day-to-day running of the charity.
Council members also interact regularly with our Rainbow Children and their families. This ensures that they remain aware of the evolving needs of all our beneficiaries.
Dr SashiKumar Ganapathy, President
Why he volunteers: I first got involved with Club Rainbow as a medical volunteer in Camp Rainbow 2008, and this first contact opened up my mind to seeing how much more I could be doing outside my daily job as a doctor. Being part of Club Rainbow has given me this unique opportunity to work with so many other kids and families and to do my bit for the society.
Eric Teo, Vice-President
Occupation: Chief Operating Officer
Why he volunteers: It is a blessing to be able to help those in need. Having volunteered at CRS since 1996, I have seen the positive impact of our collective effort on many of our beneficiaries. The camaraderie among fellow volunteers and staff, as well as the smile on a child’s face, keeps me going. After all, somebody once said, “A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child".
Lim Huay Ling, Honorary Secretary
Occupation: Finance Manager
Why she volunteers: I believe that it is important to be able to give and contribute as much as possible to the society. I share the same mission and vision with Club Rainbow and feel honoured to be bringing happy smiles and joy to the children and their families who are fighting courageously.
Allen Zheng, Honorary Treasurer
Occupation: Adjunct Lecturer
Why he volunteers: I am a strong believer that volunteering is a responsibility that everyone should exercise to give back and strengthen our community. Supporting children and youths have always been a passionate cause close to my heart. Joining Club Rainbow and forming new friendships with the children and families, seeing their smiles, love and affection is very rewarding and inspiring.
Ramanan, Education Director
Why he volunteers: I started with CRS in 2000 as a volunteer with Camp Sunshine and I have been here ever since. I have been working with kids for as long as I can remember but nothing beats working with CRS kids. They are a source of strength and an inspiration to me and I know that along the way I will learn a thing or two from them.
Neo Ker Ting, Governance and Compliance Director
Occupation: Compliance Manager
Why she volunteers: I have personally benefited and gained a lot of satisfaction from previous overseas volunteer expeditions. I want to continue volunteering. I am happy to be part of this big family who is passionate about helping the Club Rainbow children.
Junaidah Badron, MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Why she volunteers: Volunteering with Club Rainbow allows me to work with children beyond the confines of a hospital. Through activities such as Camp Rainbow, I am able to interact with these children and to a lesser extent their families as well.
Chew So-Phia, MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Occupation: Staff Physician
Why she volunteers: It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to be able to add colours to the lives of the special children of CRS and their families.
Clement Goh, member
Occupation: Managing Director
Why he volunteers: I volunteer because I can and I should. I have received many blessings in my life, especially my 3 healthy and active daughters. It is my wish that I can share my blessings. I have started as a donor to Club Rainbow but recently felt that I should contribute more as a council member. I look forward to use whatever skills I have to make the life a little better for both the kids in need and their parents.
Jacinta Kong, Programme Director
Occupation: Business Planning Manager
Why she volunteers: CRS is a meaningful charity providing joy, hope and laughter to the kids and youths who have to battle with their illness on a daily basis. By volunteering with CRS, I hope to be able to contribute my small part towards bringing some cheer to their lives.
Karen Tan, Fundraising & Marketing Director
Occupation: Vice President
Why she volunteers: I have two healthy and happy daughters and can appreciate the good fortune of being blessed with healthy children. It was my personal vision to contribute to children in the community. I volunteered for Club Rainbow by chance in 1999 for an adhoc project. The experience I had was so humbling and satisfying that I decided to be a member of council to contribute more.
As I watch Club Rainbow children and their families courageously face up to the challenges of their ailments, resolutely staying strong and firm in overcoming their adversity, they are my inspiration and encouragement. I learn not take things for granted in life and to count my blessings every day. As long as I can contribute in any way, I want to support these children to have a better tomorrow.