President‰Ûªs charity awards recognises Singapore‰Ûªs stalwarts in giving

The Awards ceremony will also promote community involvement through its theme.

President Tony Tan will present much coveted awards to outstanding recipients who have set standards in giving on October 23 at an Awards ceremony held at the Mandarin Orchard. The President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards (PVPA), organised by the National Volunteerism & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), bestows the nation’s highest honours to men, women and organisations that have enriched Singapore’s charity sector.


Ng Ser Miang, chairman of NTUC FairPrice, receiving the President’s Award for Philanthropy (Corporate) for his organisation in 2012.

Whether it be individuals who have made giving their lifestyle and lifelong passion; charities who have achieved best practices in their management of volunteers and donors, and fundraising practices; or corporate organisations who have made it their business to do good and do it well; these stalwarts have made doing good their priority and have done it well.

NVPC’s CEO Laurence Lien said: “We applaud these winners who have strived to effect positive change within their communities, giving of their time and their passion, and through their philanthropic efforts. More so, I hope that through their giving, more will be inspired to step forward to give and contribute towards nation-building. Everyone has a stake in the community and has unique talents, skills and strengths to make a difference, whether through small or big ways.”

Apart from recognising these stalwarts in giving, this year’s Awards ceremony also sports a unique theme that aims to promote community involvement in a larger way. The Awards will showcase performers who themselves have benefited from community contributions and others who give back to the community in their own special ways.

For example, 15 year-old Matthew Supramaniam, dubbed as Singapore’s leading boy wonder soprano, who currently attends Eton College in England, raised S$160,000 for seven charities supported by Community Chest through his first album. Other performers include Theatre for Seniors, launched by The Necessary Stage as a way to excite and train seniors above 50 in all aspects of theatre, and allow them to impart their personal stories through playwriting; and Saltare Beats, a youth hip-hop group that originated as the dance division of The Little Arts Academy. The Little Arts Academy works with the people, private and public sector to identify children and youths from economically-disadvantaged families who need support to realise their potential in the arts.

Other than these performances, four celebrities will also be volunteering their time at the event. TV personality and host Anita Kapoor, who has supported various campaigns for social issues, will volunteer her time as the event emcee. Three celebrity chefs, Benny Se Teo, founder of Eighteen Chefs, Willin Low, chef-owner of Wild Rocket and Ryan Clift of Tippling Club, will volunteer their time to serve up a menu for the attendees of the Awards. Each of them has individual causes they support and are today still giving back to the community through their culinary skills.

Through the Awards ceremony, NVPC also hopes to showcase the work of these contributors, performers and volunteer celebrities alike, and allow them more opportunities to further their work and benefit a larger part of the community.

The President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards has eight categories:

Corporate Organisations

  • President’s Award for Volunteerism (Corporate)
  • President’s Award for Philanthropy (Corporate)

Individual & Informal Groups

  • President’s Award for Volunteerism (Individual and Informal Group)
  • President’s Award for Philanthropy (Individual and Informal Group)

Non-profit organisations

  • President’s Award for Volunteerism (Non-profit)
  • President’s Award for Philanthropy (Non-profit)

President’s Award for Social Impact; and

President’s Special Recognition Award.

This is the second year running for The President’s Award for Social Impact which recognises non-profit organisations that have deep social impact. Apart from individuals, informal groups will also be considered for The President’s Award for Volunteerism and Philanthropy. The Special Recognition Award is the highest honour that can be conferred on deserving winners for sustained and outstanding contributions to the non-profit sector and to society.

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