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 “As the world’s most religiously diverse nation, Singapore presents opportunities for people to explore commonalities in our faiths despite different perspectives on spiritual discourse. We value the universality of moral values, love for mankind and service to the community. I urge our religious leaders to use this firm foundation to explore more inter-faith collaborations, and demonstrate through deeds, how we can transcend differences to serve the common good. In doing so, we pave the way for a more caring, cohesive and inclusive Singapore for our 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.”
ABOUT INTER-RELIGIOUS ORGANISATION SINGAPORE
The Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) was founded in 1949 with the objective to promote inter-religious harmony among the various religious groups in Singapore.
Ten (10) religions are represented in the IRO; Hindu, Jewish, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Taoist, Jain, Christian, Islam, Sikh and Baha’i. A unique rotating annual presidency among the ten religions ensures that all member religions are given an equal opportunity to lead the IRO’s long-term efforts. For more information visit www.iro.sg