Feature - #GivingTuesday

Tuesday 29 November is #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday was started by the United Nations Foundation and 92nd Street Y. Falling after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement dedicated to giving back during the holiday giving season.

In Singapore a national movement has sprung up in the form of the Giving Week Festival.  The movement encourages companies, non-profits and individuals across Singapore to give back.

There are loads of different ways you can contribute to #GivingTuesday or #GivingWeek. As a volunteer you can contribute some time to a range of Singapore based charities. The giving.sg website lists all those organisations in need of volunteers. Just one example is Willing Hearts. Wholly run by volunteers this charity distributes 5,000 meals every day to people in need throughout Singapore.

Donations are probably the easiest way to give something back. The giving.sg site also has an alphabetical list of registered charities you can donate to in Singapore. These include shelters like HOME who work to improve the welfare and uphold the rights of migrant workers in Singapore. 

If you want to help further afield as part of Giving Week then you could look to Cambodia. Both the Tabitha Foundation and the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital in Cambodia have created Giving Trees for the festive season. The idea is to encourage families to give a gift to charity in the form of a donation.

For an exciting line up of events for the Giving Week Festival visit www.givingweek.sg/festival

Review written by Victoria Milner from www.singaporefoodie.com who is also involved with the Tabitha Foundation

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