19 DECEMBER 2018
Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore Launches 70th Anniversary Celebrations with Interfaith Charity Dinner
The Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) has raised over S$250,000 for six charities across the religious spectrum in Singapore through an interfaith charity dinner held at the Fullerton Hotel this evening. The dinner also marked the launch of IRO’s 70th anniversary celebrations in 2019.
These 6 Singapore registered charities are Bright Hill Evergreen Home, Care Corner Singapore, Sikh Welfare Council, Society of Sheng Hong Welfare Services, the United Indian Muslim Association and the IRO itself.
Guest of Honour Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth said “I thank our religious leaders for their continued efforts to deepening inter-faith understanding and trust, and I look forward to more collaborative social projects between organisations of different faiths. Together, we can build a more caring, cohesive and inclusive Singapore for present and future generations”.
Minister Fu joined over 400 guests from major religions in Singapore including Hindus, Jews, Zoroastrians, Buddhists, Taoists, Jains, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and the Baha’I faith.
Ben J Benjamin, President of the IRO, thanked all donors for their generous contributions. Special thanks went to Mrs Dorothy Chan, Executive Director of the Far East Organisation, who was the biggest single corporate donor gifting S$200,000 to the IRO, on top of sponsoring the venue of the dinner, the Grand Ballroom at the Fullerton Hotel.
Mr Benjamin said: “The Interfaith Charity Dinner is an occasion for the IRO to reach out and help our friends in the charity space to raise some funding. IRO is grateful for the support from the Far East Organization and many others for making this event possible and for giving so generously. We cannot think of a better way to kick-start our 70th anniversary celebrations in 2019.”