Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Record $8.3m raised at President's Star Charity 2018


A musical performance by President Halimah Yacob and her husband Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee was among the highlights of the President's Star Charity show last night. The event raised about $8.3 million - a record since the event began in 1994.

All proceeds will go to the 59 charities under the President’s Challenge 2018.

The public are still encouraged to donate to the President’s Challenge beneficiaries through

1) online at www.giving.sg/psc2018, or

2) by calling
  • 1900-112-8821 (S$10), 
  • 1900-112-8822 (S$50) or 
  • 1900-112-8823 (S$100). 

Donation channels will close at 11.59 on Oct 31.

Ref:
1) http://str.sg/onbz
2) https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/trending/presidents-star-charity-2018-raises-record-83-million-10827386

Protecting nature the best way to keep planet cool

The best - and fairest - way to cap global warming is to empower indigenous forest peoples, reduce food waste and slash meat consumption, an alliance of 38 NGOs said Monday (Oct 15).

Restoring natural forest ecosystems, securing the land rights of local communities and revamping the global food system could cut greenhouse emissions 40 per cent by mid-century and help humanity avoid climate catastrophe, they argued in a 50-page report based on recent science.


145823 forest in park

Approximately half of the reduced emissions would come from boosting the capacity of forests and wetlands to absorb CO2, and the other half from curtailing carbon-intensive forms of agriculture.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/protecting-nature-the-best-way-to-keep-planet-cool-report-10828742

Exceptional people: Two Singaporeans win in Commonwealth essay competition

Of the four winners selected out of 12,000 participants this year, two were Singaporean - Janine, winner in the junior category, and 16-year-old Ng Woon Neng, who was runner-up in the senior category.


Janine, 13, a first-year student in National Junior College's Integrated Programme, submitted a poem written from the perspectives of an Afghan girl and a Singaporean girl.


Woon Neng, a Nanyang Girls' High School student, submitted a short story on her view of wealth, health, freedom and happiness.

The winners will get a free trip to London next month for a week of educational and cultural events, including an award ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/two-singaporeans-win-commonwealth-essay-competition

Exceptional people: Singaporean is the BEST clown in the world


Clowning around is no laughing matter for 36-year-old Edmund Khong.

Khong’s dedication toward the clown profession earned him the top award at the recent US-based World Clown Association (WCA) convention in Bangkok in March 2017. He beat 39 other clowns from around the world to clinch the All Around Clown award. He also placed first in two other categories: Character and Paradeability.

Khong has his eye on being a Master Clown. He will need to win the All Around Clown award for a second consecutive year at the WCA to be awarded the title. And yes, he did it this year.

Ref:
1) https://www.captaindazzle.com/ 
2) https://www.todayonline.com/lifestyle/clowning-singapore-not-just-laughs