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Singapore President Halimah Yacob celebrates exemplary givers

The annual President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards (PVPA) was conferred by the President of the Republic of Singapore Halimah Yacob for the first time this year.

President Halimah Yacob celebrated the 6th edition of President’s Volunteerism and Philanthropy Awards (PVPA) at the Shangri-La hotel, Singapore on 29 November 2017. Led by a panel of judges, eight awards were given to exceptional private, non-profit and public sectors in Singapore that best showcase their efforts in volunteerism and philanthropy. Staying true to the purpose of this award, Mediacorp DJ Vernetta Lopez together with student emcee, Lin Wei En from Canossian School, hosted the evening. Performance by children from Metta School, MINDS and Dream Academy also adorned the stage and brought much joy to the already jaunty evening.

As we wrap up the year and welcome new beginnings in 2018, it’s only right that we look back upon what we’ve accomplished for both the community and ourselves. Always a benchmark of excellence, PVPA aims to encourage and inspire a higher level of volunteerism in our society. President Halimah Yacob presented the prestigious awards to DBS Bank, Greenpac, Dover Park Hospice, ItsRainningRaincoats(IRR) and Hougang Secondary School this year. Founder of Kodrah Kristrang, Kevin Martens Wong; Consultant at Singapore National Eye Centre, Dr.Marcus Ang; and Chairman at Prison Fellowship Singapore, Dr William Wan were also among the eight award recipients of the evening.

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DBS Bank, recognised with the President’s Award for Corporate (Large Enterprise) for their efforts in supporting social enterprises, has been producing great results in advancing innovative and sustainable solutions to social challenges around Asia. These social enterprises benefit greatly from the bank as they tap on diverse networks that helped smoothly grow and run the enterprise. More than 4,000 committed staff from DBS also aligned their schedules to initiatives such as MINDS, SPD and Lions Befrienders.

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PVPA is no longer just awarding givers that care for the society, but those caring for the earth were also well-celebrated this year. Greenpac, an environmentally conscious company that aims to deliver innovative packaging solution for the good of our environment, was awarded the President’s Award for Corporate (Small & Medium Enterprise). The “green” company extended from the usual Corporate Social Responsibility norm of donations and volunteering. They went ahead to establish themselves as leaders towards beneficiaries and communities whom they’ve imparted their knowledge of sustainable business with. Hydroponic farming was a great example where the team honoured skills and was never stingy about their knowledge. A month-long earth hour campaign was also organised in March to create awareness among stakeholders and employees, aiming to engage crowd and future generations to create a self-suffice Singapore.