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Not quite Giving Tuesday!
13 March 2014

#GivingTuesdaySG launched for the first time in Singapore on the 3rd December.

Although HCA Hospice Care couldn’t come on board on the day itself, we certainly went in full force on the following Saturday, 7th December, with two exciting events targeting both adults and children under our care.

Project Home Cheer has become a familiar annual event for us, where volunteers and staff form small groups to visit the patients’ homes, bringing the Christmas mood and festive joy (and goody bags!) in tow.

“A big, big, thank you for so kindly coming on Saturday to sing carols for us. It was beautiful,” wrote Sister Olivia, one of our patients’ daughters, in a thank you card. “Mummy cannot get over your kindness and tells everyone she meets.”

Giving came in all forms during this event – from the time spent by our dedicated volunteers to the goody bags generously donated by Bloomberg – complete with beautiful hand-made cards.

We Are Family was a brand new partnership with Help-Portrait Singapore, a world-wide community of volunteer photographers. The event brought 20 Star PALS families out to Jurong Bird Park to go through a professional family portrait-taking process, from make-up and hair-styling from our volunteers, to studio quality re-touching on the portraits.

A portrait of a happy family taken during We Are Family.

“It’s joyous to see how they enjoyed every bit of moment together and the family bonding and their unfailing love,” shared a volunteer from Help-Portrait Singapore.

A father from one of the Star PALS families meanwhile commented that the photographers managed to make every member of his family look photogenic.

We are grateful for our generous ‘givers’ that day:

  • Our GOH, Dr Amy Khor, who graciously made time to join us;
  • Our venue sponsor, Jurong Bird Park, who acceded to so many of our requests and truly gave us all they could;
  • Lee Foundation and Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple for the generous cash sponsorships;
  • Nikon SingaporeCathay Photo, and Epson for all the photography equipment we could dream of;
  • Smokes Events for their event management muscle;
  • SGTee.com for sponsoring the printing of our Tshirts;
  • CK Creatives, The Caring Clowns, Uncle Ringo for keeping the children entertained and fed;
  • Lin Si Tong, Myla and Friends for their wonderful performances;
  • Serene and I-Ling for their great emcee-ing
  • The Body Shop for sponsoring gift sets for the lucky draw;
  • Our incredible volunteers, whose help, whether in photography, make-up, or any other duties.

Photos from We Are Family and Project Home Cheer are up on our Facebook Page! To volunteer with us, simply email us at communications@hcahospicecare.org.sg.