Entrepreneurs raised over S$350,000 for Dover Park Hospice and Rainbow Centre charities at gala dinner

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Singapore, 17 May 2013 The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Singapore Academy members (EOYSA) raised over S$350,000 for two charities, namely Dover Park Hospice and Rainbow Centre, at a gala dinner held last evening at The Fullerton Hotel.

The dinner was graced by Guest-of-honor, Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and attended by more than 200 guests. At the event, oil paintings by the children of Rainbow Centre and two room stays sponsored by Banyan Tree Resorts were auctioned, raising S$36,500.

The event was organized by the EOYSA, comprising recipients and winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Singapore awards. The close to 50 member strong EOYSA, led by an executive committee headed by Wong Ngit Liong, Chairman and CEO, Venture Corporation, aims to provide platforms for networking among entrepreneurs as well as leverage their networks and influences for social good. Wong Ngit Liong shares: “As entrepreneurs, together we not only can make a difference to aspiring entrepreneurs, but also lift the lives of those in need.” Max Loh, Country Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP adds: “The unifying themes that bind us together here – entrepreneurs and charity – are important socio-economic forces that become even more powerful when you put the two together.”

This is the third charity initiative by the EOYSA and is spearheaded by EOYSA member Richard Eu, Group CEO, Eu Yan Sang. The first two charity events were held in 2006 and 2011, led by other EOYSA members Tay Liam Wee (formerly of Sincere Watch), and Henn Tan of Trek2000 and Peter Koh of Platinum28 respectively.

In addition, Richard Eu is committing the proceeds from the sale of his self-produced Jazz music album, titled “66”, to the two beneficiaries. “It is a privilege to be able to galvanize the support of everyone in making tonight’s charity dinner a success, and an even greater honor to share my music and contribute to bettering the lives of the needy.” To date, more than 1,000 copies of the album have been sold, raising over of S$20,000.

The sponsors and supporters of the gala dinner include Far East Organization (official venue sponsor), Corndale Consultants Pte Ltd (wine and champagne sponsor) and The Peak Magazine (official luxury media).

For more information about the EY EOY program or the EOYSA, please visit ey.com/sg/eoy.

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About Rainbow Centre Singapore
In 1992, Rainbow Centre Singapore was established as a registered charity with the Registry of Societies. The Centre was subsequently granted the Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status under the Charities Act.

The Centre runs two Special Education (SPED) schools and two Early Intervention Program (EIP) centers at Rainbow Centre - Margaret Drive School campus and Rainbow Centre - Yishun Park School campus for children with special needs. All the Centre's programs adopt a holistic developmental curriculum in the areas of language and communication skills, cognitive skills, social and emotional skills, fine and gross motor skills, and adaptive daily living skills. They are carried out by a multi-disciplinary team of trained Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Music and Art Therapists.

About Dover Park Hospice
Dover Park Hospice (DPH) was founded in 1992 as a secular, nonprofit organization to meet the growing need in Singapore for hospice care for terminally ill patients. It is Singapore’s first purpose-built hospice, designed to provide a serene environment close to nature. 

DPH was started by volunteers, and today volunteers continue to play an integral role in all aspects of hospice work, from patient care to social activities and administrative support. They are an important complement to the permanent staff, working together for patients and their families. 

Open to everyone regardless of age, race, religion or income level, DPH is dedicated to meeting the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who are nearing the end of life’s journey. The goal is to enhance the living, comfort the dying and support the grieving with compassion and dignity.

At Dover Park Hospice, every moment matters. Since opening its doors to the first patient in 1995, it has brought care and comfort to more than 8,000 terminally ill patients and their families through a program of active and compassionate service. 

To cover its operating expenditure which is estimated at $9.2 million per year, Dover Park Hospice relies a lot on fundraising activities and kind donations from generous well-wishers and corporations.