Author Archives: BTBAF

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Inaugural ChildAid Symposium Event on 19 November 2016

On 19 November 2016, ChildAid Asia held its inaugural symposium event, “Friendship without Borders”, at Suntec City. The event was organized by The RICE Company Limited with the objective of promoting the ChildAid movement in the Asian region as opportunities for young budding artists to showcase their talents on a bigger stage, as well as to raise funds for a worthy cause.

40 distinguished guests turned up for the event. At the symposium, key partners from Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia were also invited to do presentations on the ChildAid movement in Asia and its future direction amidst the different political and socio-economic factors and challenges in today’s world.

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ChildAid was established in 2005 with the main objective of raising funds for The Business Times Budding Artist Fund (BTBAF) to provide arts training for young artistic talents, as well as for The Straits Times Pocket Money Fund to provide pocket money to children from low-income families. Since then, it has become one of the largest-scale annual children’s charity concerts in Singapore, with the annual ChildAid Concert attracting large audiences from all walks of life.

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We hope this symposium will be a new start in raising greater awareness and further expanding our ChildAid movement to reach out to more children and youths!

Contributed by Michelle Soh from Nanyang Junior College

Uniqlo Fundraising Event on 3 & 4 December 2016

On 3 and 4 December 2016, to kick-start the Christmas season of giving, our students participated in a fundraising event in partnership with Uniqlo. The event was held over the weekend at the Uniqlo Orchard Central Flagship Store.

Prior to the event, our students participated in a drawing workshop conducted by renowned artist, Peter Draw, to perfect their drawing skills so as to create masterpieces for the donors at the event.

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At the event, our students drew portraits of patrons and also encouraged them to donate for a good cause. All proceeds from the event were then donated to the Business Times Budding Artist Fund.

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Look at the happy customers with their beautiful self-portraits!

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Our kids have done a great job and have certainly enjoyed themselves at the event, and we hope that they will continue to spread this commendable giving spirit in their lives!

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Contributed by Michelle Soh from Nanyang Junior College

 

Book Launch @ Fidgets on 8 December 2016

On 8 December 2016, a launch event was held at Fidgets, an indoor playground, for three books written by 7 talented 10-year-old students from CHIJ Kellock Primary School. The three books are titled “No”, “Emily and the Paintbrush” and “The Magic Bag of Gold Coins” respectively, which are part of a collaboration project between CHIJ Kellock Primary School and The Rice Company Limited, in commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the Business Times Budding Artist Fund (BTBAF).

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The books are a result of months of the students’ hard work, after attending a Design Thinking Camp where they went on field trips around Singapore to gather inspiration, and spending long hours thinking of inspirational storylines to touch the hearts of their readers. Through the writing process, the students picked up valuable lessons of gratitude and learnt about the importance of giving back to society, which are also key values aligned with the BTBAF’s mission.

At the book launch, guests were treated to a sumptuous buffet spread, as well as a live reading session of the books by the authors themselves, together with one of the BTBAF beneficiaries, Joash.

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    Look at the bright smiles of our happy guests together with Joash!

Following the successful book launch, the books will then be distributed to primary schools nationwide in 2017. With that, we commend the noble giving spirit of our young talented authors and hope that these books can make an impact in young readers’ lives in encouraging them to give back to society in their own unique ways, no matter how big or small their actions may be!

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Contributed by Michelle Soh from Nanyang Junior College

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