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eNewsletter Issue 21



The Rotary Club of Raffles City Donates to the YRF-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme Tuition Bursary

ISCOS started the New Year with a $20,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Raffles City in support of the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP).  Mr Patrick Ng, ISCOS Executive Director, received the cheque from the club’s President, Ms Sigrid Zialcita, and Community Service Director, Dr Jochen Krauss, during the Rotary”s weekly luncheon held at the Cricket Club on 5 January 2016. 

The contribution will go directly to the Tuition Bursary Programme, an initiative which provides assistance to academically weaker students from low-income ex-offenders’ families.  Members of the Rotary Club Raffles City also pledged to volunteer as mentors under the Mentorship Programme and to refurbish another home for the Learning Environment Assistance Project (LEAP) in the new year.
UPCOMING EVENTS


April 2016
2 Apr - Big Group Activity
26 Apr - FGP Mothers' Support Group
23 Apr - ISCOS Job Fair

May 2016
14 May - Mentor Support Group
23 May - ISCOS Annual General Meeting (AGM)

24 May - FGP Mothers' Support Group
28 May - Enrichment Programme

 
June 2016
4 Jun - ISCOS Family Day
 

1,000 pieces NETS FlashPay Cards for ISCOS Gift of Hope

The Network For Electronic Transfers (Singapore) Pte Ltd (NETS) renews its support to the ISCOS Gift of Hope (GOH) in 2016.  1,000 FlashPay cards, each with a value of $20, were donated to help newly released ex-offenders with their daily cost of living.  The GOH package contains basic necessities for food and transport to sustain the members’ needs in the first few days of their re-integration journey. 

NETS’ commitment to the Gift of Hope has greatly benefited many newly released ex-offenders over the years.  Last year, 1,045 packages were distributed as welcome gifts  to new members.

The GOH project started in 2008.

ExxonMobil Employees, Families & Friends Raise Funds for YRF-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme

Over $7,000 was raised by ExxonMobil employees, their families and friends, at the ESRC Dragon Boat Carnival held on 5 March 2016 at Gardens by the Bay (East).  Organized by the ExxonMobil Women’s Interest Network (WIN) led by Ms Koh Ming Zhen, the carnival featured a balloon sculpting fundraising activity for the benefit of the children of ex-offenders under the Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme.  About 20 volunteers from WIN enjoyed themselves as they selflessly gave their time and effort sculpting balloons for both adults and children.

The proceeds were presented by Mr Gan Seow Kee, ExxonMobil’s Chairman and Managing Director, to Mr Patrick Ng, ISCOS Executive Director.  Close to 2,000 ExxonMobil staff attended the carnival.  ISCOS is deeply grateful to all who generously contributed to make this fundraising effort a success.

The Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) helps children of ex-offenders from low-income families to have a good education and acquire positive life skills. ExxonMobil has been supporting the FGP since 2011.

ISCOS Welcomes Three New Board Members

ISCOS is pleased to announce the addition of Mr Daniel Teo Teow Hock, Ms Tan Poh Hong and Dr Natarajan Varaprasad to its Board of Directors. 

Mr Teo is the COO and Deputy CEO of ABN AMRO whilst Ms Tan is the CEO of Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA). Dr N Varaprasad, on the other hand, is a partner of the Singapore Education Consulting Group, and an educator by profession with more than 30 years of experience.

ISCOS believes their appointments will add to the wealth of experience to the Board in generating better ideas and programmes for the benefit of our beneficiaries. Welcome to ISCOS!

Upcoming ISCOS Book Corner: A Joint Project with The Patatas

With the aim to empower ISCOS members, their children and families, a Book Corner project was conceptualized by The Patatas for ISCOS beneficiaries.  Adult and children’s book selections will be donated by The Patatas while ISCOS will provide the space for the book corner from its premises.  Both organisations believe that reading offers plenty of benefits to our beneficiaries, including increasing knowledge and honing analytical thinking skills.

The Patatas provides support to non-profit organizations, social enterprises, and committed individual activists. Find out more at www.thepatatas.com and
www.facebook.com/thepatatas.

Watch out for the exciting launch of the ISCOS Book Corner in May 2016!

Movie Therapy for ISCOS Members' Support Group

A total of 14 members from the Support Group programme enjoyed a meaningful night after attending its first movie therapy session titled “Psychological Resilience” organised by ISCOS Programmes & Services’ team on 25 February 2016.

Facilitated by Mr Richard Cheong from Hope Worldwide Singapore, the movie therapy was well received by the participants.  In a feedback survey conducted, the members conveyed that the session was most useful and relevant for them as it helps them to identify with and relate to the characters in the movie clips shown.

The movie therapy uses movies as a counselling tool to help people work through issues in their lives with a counsellor. ISCOS looks forward to many more interesting sessions, like the movie therapy, for our members’ support group in the future.

TCTF's "More than Words" Creative Writing Workshop for FGP Beneficiaries

In collaboration with our long-time partner, Tan Chin Tuan Foundation (TCTF), a creative writing workshop for children, aged 8-12 years old, under the Fairy Godparent Programme was organised on 15 March 2016 at ISCOS premises. 

A total of 11 children attended the workshop where they were taught skills on using their imagination and thinking out of the box in crafting poems.  The two-hour workshop was facilitated by Mr Samuel Wee, a volunteer from Nanyang Technological University.

“More than Words” is a programme conducted by the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation which exposes children from disadvantaged backgrounds to the arts.

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