1 In addition to their mission to serve society with quality judgments, timely dispute resolution and excellent court services, the State Courts embrace social responsibility and actively implement programmes which contribute towards a better society and reach out to the less privileged members of society.
2 Apart from the staff's monthly donations to the Community Chest's SHARE programme¹ , the State Courts have organised annual fund-raising events in conjunction with National Day in August to raise funds for their adopted charities - Children's Cancer Foundation (2002-2012), Autism Association (Singapore) (2013-2015) and Singapore Cheshire Home (2016-2017) - and other charitable causes. In 2016, a series of activities were organised under the State Courts' corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.
Inaugural Charity Concert 2016
3 On 11 August 2016, in conjunction with National Day, the State Courts organised their firstever Charity Concert to raise funds for the Singapore Cheshire Home². The Charity Concert was graced by Puan Noor Aishah, wife of Singapore's first President Mr Yusof Ishak, who had donated her handicraft work "Flower Beads" to the State Courts for their Charity Auction, which was one of the fund-raising activities.
4 The Charity Concert showcased an array of song and dance performances, including a skit promoting harmonious community living. Residents of the Singapore Cheshire Home also featured in the concert through a video of the residents' song and orchestral performances. The concert was put up entirely by the State Courts' talented pool of Judges and staff, who had spent their lunchtime and after-office hours conceptualising the event and rehearsing the performances.
¹The Community Chest's SHARE programme channels all donations to support a wide range of charities.
²The Singapore Cheshire Home takes in the seriously disabled into its care and provides them with rehabilitation, encouragement, stimulation and happiness, in efforts to give them the chance to live as normal lives as possible.
Annual Charity Bazaar
5 On 12 August, the State Courts held their annual charity bazaar, an event which gives the State Courts' staff an opportunity to do their bit for charity by setting up stalls for games, food and a variety of other products. Together with the Charity Concert and Auction, the State Courts raised more than $50,000, of which $20,000 were raised for the Singapore Cheshire Home, while the rest of the proceeds would be used to fund the Judiciary Cares³ activities and State Courts' CSR initiatives.
Activities for Singapore Cheshire Home
6 Apart from the fund-raising activities, the State Courts' Judges and staff visited the residents of the Singapore Cheshire Home on 27 June to interact with the residents, entertaining them with performances and games. On 27 September, they brought some of the residents on an excursion to the National Museum.
Issued by : State Courts
Date : 1 November 2016
For further information or clarification, please contact:
(i) Ms Cheryl Ho, Senior Executive, Communications Directorate
Tel: 6435 5498 / 9722 6139
(ii) Ms Michelle Chiang, Assistant Director, Communications Directorate
Tel: 6435 5179 / 9722 6139
³The Judiciary Cares is a committee comprising Judges and staff of the Supreme Court, State Courts and Family Justice Courts that Coordinates the three courts' annual outreach to the needy and less privileged members of society.
Photos of State Courts' Charity Drive 2016
Puan Noor Aishah presenting her handicraft work to Presiding Judge of the State Courts See Kee Oon at the Charity Concert on 11 Aug 2016
State Courts staff in a band performance at the Charity Concert on 11 Aug 2016
State Courts staff dancing the flamenco at the Charity Concert on 11 Aug 2016
State Courts staff performing a skit promoting harmonious community living at the Charity Concert on 11 Aug 2016