HDB raises record S$2.38m to help less fortunate

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has raised a record S$2.38 million to help the less fortunate.

The sum was collected over two years through various charity projects – with the biggest amount of S$830,000 raised at its Charity Dinner at the Ritz Carlton on Saturday evening.

The HDB Charity dinner received S$830,000 while the HDB Charity Golf graced by Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong on July 18 raised some S$675,000.

The money will be given to five charities, including AWWA Community Home for Senior Citizens and the Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre – which receive S$100,000 each.

The other three beneficiaries are Care Corner Family Service Centre (Toa Payoh), Fei Yue Family Service Centre (Bukit Batok) and Lion Befrienders.

Canossaville Children’s Home received S$70,000 and part of it was used to set up a herb garden.

The remaining funds will be distributed to more charities under the Community Chest.

A commemorative book “Our Homes: 50 Years of Housing a Nation” was also launched on Saturday.

The book contains accounts from Singapore’s leaders to neighbourhood residents on the transformation of Singapore’s housing landscape in the past five decades.

The book offers insights into policies that have left deep imprints on Singapore’s public housing landscape.

It is priced at S$50 and is available at the HDB Payment Office, Atrium 3rd Story, HDB Hub

“As we move into HDB’s 51st year, it is set to chalk up yet another key achievement. Soon, HDB will be handing over the keys to the lucky owner of its 1 millionth flat. Five decades, 1 million flats. No other country in the world has matched what Singapore has achieved in terms of housing a new nation from scratch,” said Mr Mah Bow Tan, National Development Minister.

Mr Mah added that the challenge now is to make HDB flats ‘best value for money’ and more environment-friendly.

“We must also make HDB towns more environmentally sustainable through effective land use, energy, water and waste management. There must be more initiatives to green our estates and develop more eco-precincts.

“Plans to develop Punggol as Singapore’s first Eco-town are fast taking shape. Singaporeans can look forward to ‘greener homes’ in the future.”

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 13 Nov 2010