About Campaignends 31 Dec 2019, 11:59 PM
As our population ages and life expectancies increase, there will be more elderly patients with complex medical conditions and associated complications.
It is not uncommon for such patients to have social and financial difficulties as well. For example, a elderly widow who stays alone in a one-room rented flat, unable to work due to pain from poorly-controlled rheumatoid arthritis. She has not been going for her medical appointments as she has difficulty walking. She has not been eating proper meals due to financial constraints. She gets weaker by the day and eventually ends up in hospital after a fall which fractures her hip.
Robust medical and social support services in the community are crucial in ensuring the well being of such patients and making sure they do not fall through the cracks. Funds raised from the Relay will go to home medical, eldercare, rehabilitation, mental health, befriender services, amongst others.
I would be grateful for your support as we strive to keep our elderly in the community and out of hospitals. Thank you!
About the Charity
The President's Challenge is an annual community outreach and fundraising campaign for charities selected every year by the President's Office. It is a call to all Singaporeans in doing their part in building a more caring and inclusive society.
Initiated in 2000 by former President S R Nathan, the Challenge represents the coming together of people from all walks of life, to help the less fortunate. In 2012, under the leadership of former President Tony Tan Keng Yam, the Challenge was expanded to go beyond fundraising by including volunteerism and social
In 2018, President Halimah Yacob announced a $10 million fund (Empowering For Life Fund) which will empower vulnerable groups through skills upgrading, capacity-building and employment. Visit http://www.pc.org.sg/WhoWeSupport to find out about the benefiting organisations supported by President's Challenge this year. 100% of the donations received go towards the charities we support.