Speech by Mr Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Law, at the SG Cares MOU Signing Ceremony with FairPrice Group and Professional Engineers Board
a. This MOU signing between SG Cares Office and FairPrice Group will allow our SG Cares Volunteers Centres and their community partners to really enjoy these bulk pricing and cost savings, particularly in these times when every last dollar makes up a big difference. This will be a real game changer for us.
b. Second, the MOU signing between SG Cares Office and Professional Engineers Board (PEB) will encourage and grow skills-based volunteerism.
a. For this reason, the SG Cares Office has established strategic partnerships with different professional bodies to connect specialised skillsets and expertise with the needs of the non-profit sector. This itself helps non-profit organisations to further serve their beneficiaries. The input that they give, has a direct and measurable impact on our beneficiaries.
b. PEB and their network of professional engineers will offer their professional services and advice on a pro bono basis to our 24 SG Cares Volunteer Centres (VCs) and their community networks. This is not only to the VCs but also to the constituent organisations that come under the VCs.
c. This comprises qualified services to review and certify safety-related statutory requirements at their premises, for example I believe most organisations will need that as they need to ensure that their buildings and structures are safe as well as looking at fire safety measures.
a. Our professional engineers exemplify how professionals in our society in Singapore can contribute and give back to the community by simply doing what they do best. And in doing so, they really build a larger purpose and meaning to the work they do.
a. In this current climate, access to necessities like food and household items have become a key concern for vulnerable households and the community organisations that serve them. I think now we cannot for a moment, take for granted the food we have on our table, the amenities and the household supplies.
a. Our SG Cares VCs and their community partners aid vulnerable groups in their respective towns, by distributing care packs comprising essential items such as staples like rice and noodles, cooking oil and canned foods.
b. And in communities across Singapore, like-minded organisations and individuals have come together to organise group buys and bulk purchases. The reason we do this is because of economies of scale, which generate savings for the entire group.
a. This in turn, will allow our partners in the various towns to continue providing essential aid, distribution of items and services to their beneficiaries, and as I said, benefit from economies of scale.
b. For example, Bizlink Day Activity Centre, a community partner of our SG Cares VC @ Geylang, shared that the partnership with FairPrice Group will allow them to better support their beneficiaries’ daily needs. These items could be day-to-day household items which we might sometimes take for granted.