A HOST of Christmas trees on the Marina Bay waterfront promenade were lit up on Friday in a ceremony graced by President Halimah Yacob.
From 15 Nov till 26 Dec 2019, Marina Bay will glow with 200 specially-designed trees – both physical and digital – along the waterfront and four other nearby locations. Among those at the opening ceremony were corporate donors and beneficiaries of charitable organisations, including The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF), the main beneficiary of ChariTrees.
A total of S$306,000 has been raised to date through this fund-raising initiative, which is into its ninth year this year.
In celebration of Singapore’s Community Heroes, President Halimah Yacob and some 11 community groups and individuals turned up for the light-up ceremony of ChariTrees 2018, along with seven corporate donors, and more than 130 children and youth as well as their families were invited to the event. These children and youths are beneficiaries of the Business Times Budding Artists’ Fund (BT BAF), the recipients of the year-end annual charity fundraiser.
“ChariTrees’ 20 traditional Christmas trees and 10 “Art” trees are dedicated to the many individuals, groups and organisations which have made a positive impact towards our community”, said Mr Tan Puay Kern, chairman of the ChariTrees 2018 Organising Committee.