Leading advanced integrated security services provider Certis is partnering with The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) to launch a series of activities to empower the children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds through the arts. Called Community Give-Back, the programme will enable the children and youth who have received from the BT BAF to use their talents to give back to the community.
To kick-off the launch at The Little Arts Academy North Campus I, more than 20 staff and management volunteers from presenting donor Certis and children and youth from BT BAF engaged with 20 children from Club Rainbow in a workshop to create an augmented reality artwork using clay models and stop-motion videography.
Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour. At the event, Mr Paul Chong, Group Chief Executive Officer of Certis, presented a cheque for S$30,000 to Mr Wong Wei Kong, Editor, The Business Times.
Over the next 12 months, the programme will see 100 volunteers from Certis, and 60 children and youth participants currently enrolled in arts programmes supported by BT BAF conduct a series of art and digital technology activities for more than 150 beneficiaries from four charity organisations: Club Rainbow, Singapore Association for the Deaf, Fei Yue Family Service Centre and SPD. The activities range from wall mural painting to puppet-making workshops which incorporate virtual reality.
Mr Wong said, “We believe that it is important for our children and youth to do their part to contribute to the community and know that they can make a difference in someone else’s life. We want them to cultivate values such as empathy and gratitude at a young age so that they may learn to pay-it-forward. We are glad to work with Certis, who shares our belief and intent.”
Mr Chong elaborated, “We are excited to be the presenting donor of the Community Give-Back programme as it offers children and youth the platform to serve their communities. This is in line with our focus to reach out to disadvantaged children and youth. Acts of service inspire the giver, the receiver and the wider community, which makes programmes like Community Give-Back key to a more inclusive Singapore. In addition to our donation, we look forward to joining hands with the BT BAF children and youth to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the beneficiaries.”
Certis is the presenting donor of the Community Give-Back programme. BT BAF is a charity fund managed by The RICE Company Limited that provides access and opportunities in the arts to empower financially disadvantaged children and youth.