Charity Lunch 2019: Recognising the Value of Caregivers


CAL’s annual charity lunch was held this year on 7 December 2019. Charity Lunch 2019 was particularly special because it was a chance to share the joy of winning the Charity Governance Award and Charity Transparency Award 2019 with caregivers. For CAL, these awards highlighted that the key ingredient that makes this organisation a success is people: dedicated Board members and staff, along with selfless and committed volunteers. Read more here. At CAL’s Charity Lunch 2019, the spotlight remained on people, with the event focusing on celebrating the dedication of caregivers and the journey they have been through. With the theme of "Journeying Together", the event also called attention to caregiver volunteers for their role in supporting CAL. For example, both the English and Chinese emcees were caregivers themselves. This was a fact highlighted by Senior Minister of State (SMS) Edwin Tong, the Guest of Honour, in his speech. Additionally, he mentioned caregiver Ng Soon Kuan (below), who was present taking photographs for the event. SMS Edwin Tong also noted how CAL’s impact goes beyond the 12 weeks of the C2C programme. Many caregivers who are trained go on to volunteer and teach other caregivers, and in doing so make a difference in the lives of many others. He brought up the example of Irene Goh, one such caregiver who became a dedicated volunteer after her C2C graduation. A story about Irene was published in Shin Min Daily News on the same day (7 December). To honour such volunteers who have helped CAL multiply its impact, Charity Lunch 2019 featured a series of awards for distinguished volunteers. The award recipients include:

1. Long Service Volunteer Award: Ng Soon Kuan