President’s Star Charity 2020 marks 20th anniversary of the President’s Challenge
"The focus for this year’s President’s Challenge is on empowering people with disabilities, so that they can also contribute to society," said President Halimah Yacob.
The President’s Star Charity 2020 marked the 20th anniversary of the President’s Challenge, an annual series of events by organisations to raise funds for charities chosen by the President.
Singaporean singer-songwriters Jarell Huang and JJ Neo wrote Believe, the first President’s Star Charity theme song to mark the occasion.
On the fundraiser, President Halimah Yacob said: “The focus for this year’s President’s Challenge is on empowering people with disabilities, so that they can also contribute to society.
"We customised programmes for our beneficiaries and also looked at how to focus on empowerment, enabling our communities."
Mdm Halimah joined 23-year-old Muhammad Saifudeen Abdul Salim, an aspiring motivational speaker with muscular dystrophy, in colouring tiles to raise funds.
“I'm very grateful to the President’s Star Charity organised by Mediacorp and all the performers," said Mdm Halimah.
"I think this is really another way of reaching out to Singaporeans in order to support our underprivileged or medium society. Please open your hearts and open your support to pave the way for our communities to be inclusive and supportive of each other.”
On next year’s theme for the President’s Challenge, Mdm Halimah said: “It will focus on building an inclusive digital society. It is very important that we bring everybody on board because technology has become a connector for engaging people and therefore, we must make sure that the digital divide does not take place in Singapore.
"We will support programmes and initiatives that will help our vulnerable communities to access digital tools connectivity and skills.”
Proceeds from the President’s Star Charity 2020 will go in aid of 72 agencies backed by the President’s Challenge, including Care Corner Seniors Services and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).
A total of S$10.47 million was raised last year. The proceeds went to 67 beneficiaries, including Club HEAL (Hope, Empowerment, Acceptance & Love) and TOUCH Community Services.
You can donate to the fundraising efforts by scanning a QR code via your bank app, or through giving.sg/psc2020.