Guest-of-Honour Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, said, “Religious extremism, segregationist practices and disruptive technologies are pulling communities apart. That is why we must continue to expand the common space for shared interactions and experiences across different communities. Religion can be a tremendous force for good and I call upon the IRO to reach out to more Singaporeans, and build a home where there is inter-religious understanding, respect and appreciation.”
K. Kesavapany, IRO President – “The Inter-Religious Organisation, which celebrates its 69th birthday on 18 March 2018, plays its part towards enhancing peace and religious harmony in Singapore.”
This year’s IRO Award recipient is Ervad Rustom M Ghadiali in recognition of his invaluable contributions towards the promotion of inter-faith peace and harmony in Singapore. The IRO Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in fostering inter-religious activity in Singapore.
The IRO today also received its single largest ever donation of S$265,000 from Venerable Master Dr. Chin Kung from the Pure Land of Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation. The donation will go towards the IRO mission of advancing inter-religious harmony in Singapore.
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