Together with inclusive employers and their employees with disabilities, Guest-of-Honour President Halimah Yacob and Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development, ushered in the season of cheer this evening at the Community Chest Christmas on A Great Street Light-up Ceremony at Plaza Singapura.
In FY20171, we supported 33 programmes that promoted inclusive hiring, which enabled more than 850 social service users including persons with disabilities and persons with mental health conditions to be employed and achieve independence. Across Singapore, there has also been a growing number of employers who have taken the lead to embrace inclusive practices at the workplace, including key names such as Hotel Jen Orchardgateway by Shangri-La, McDonald’s Singapore and United Overseas Bank (UOB) Limited.
The light-up ceremony also celebrated different abilities and demonstrated inclusivity in various forms. Children from the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) under the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) put up dance performances for the guests, and partners such as the Hitachi Group of Companies in Singapore co-created artwork designs with social service users from Bizlink Centre which are adapted to make 60,000 hand fans to be distributed to the general public at the Hitachi’s Santa House within the Great Christmas Village, while CapitaLand worked with Mr Jovan Neo, a special needs artist with The Art Faculty, to design carnival-themed Christmas gift wrappers which will be made available for shoppers at Plaza Singapura and other CapitaLand malls.
1FY2017 refers to 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017