21 Dec 2020
The Christmas edition of the ‘SIM for Hope’ event was held on Monday, 21 December, to spread Christmas cheer to our students and the wider community, and to rally everyone to contribute towards a charitable cause. Held via Facebook at 12pm, the 45-minute live Christmas show featured a range of entertaining performances from SIM students and showcased a number of SIM’s corporate social responsibility efforts.
Reflecting on 2020, Mr Seah Chin Siong, President and Chief Executive Officer, SIM, who spoke at the event, encouraged everyone to take heart and stay resilient as the nation collectively works towards an economic rebound.
Mr Seah thanked students for the support shown earlier this year as SIM moved quickly from
physical classrooms and graduations to online learning and virtual ceremonies.
“We have seen from every crisis that it is usually those who are underprivileged who feel the impact the greatest [and] who are most affected. Yet it is also during a crisis that we see how good we can be for those around us and how we can better help each other. No matter what we are going through ourselves, we can always do something to support each other and make this place a better place for everyone,” Mr Seah said.
In that spirit, SIM has started a donation campaign at Giving.sg for the Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (CARE Singapore), which helps at-risk youths to succeed in life. SIM has also pledged a donation of $5 for every view of the ‘SIM for Hope’ show to CARE Singapore. Thus far, two corporations, Singapore Pools and BlueCube, have come forward to support SIM’s cause by donating to this campaign.
In addition, this year, SIM student ambassadors have worked hard with SIM staff to pack and distribute care packs to senior citizens at Fei Yue Senior Activity Centre and gifts to children at the Singapore Children’s Society and Club Rainbow.
Our gifts brought lots of joy to children at the Singapore Children’s Society.
Other than reaching out to the vulnerable in the community, Mr Seah announced further financial assistance to help out our students during this difficult period. At the first ‘SIM for Hope’ event, he launched the SIM COVID-19 Support Fund which provided eligible students with a higher bursary award. He announced today another top-up to the fund, making it a total of $600,000 for 2020. This means that this year, each eligible SIM student will be able to obtain $3,000 of bursary award, up from the original $2,000.
Various SIM student clubs put up memorable performances throughout the show to get viewers into the spirit of Christmas.
Students from the SIM String Ensemble put on stirring instrumental renditions of traditional Christmas carols.
Accompanying lyrics enabled our viewers to sing along.
Dancers from SIM DreamWerkz, a hip hop dance group, leapt across the SIM HQ campus for their energetic performance.
Christmas songs by students from the Esprimere Singing Club brought the show to a heartwarming end.
The first edition of ‘SIM for Hope’
was held during the Circuit Breaker period in May to uplift the spirits of our students, graduates and members of public, as well as to raise funds to aid individuals and families who were affected by COVID-19. Through the show, a total of $15,000 was raised for The Invictus Fund
, established by the National Council of Social Service to support social service agencies in maintaining their service delivery to their clients during the pandemic.
If you missed the ‘SIM for Hope’ Christmas show, you can still watch it on SIM Global Education YouTube page
. We look forward to your generous donations to CARE Singapore through our donation campaign, which will end on 31 Dec 2020. Do share the campaign link
with your colleagues, partners, friends and loved ones so that together, we can make a difference towards the lives of the youths in our community.