TCTF sponsors Yong-en Care Centre’s Internship Programme

23 Mar 2020, Yong-en News, March 2020

For the third year, TCTF has sponsored Yong-en Care Centre’s Internship Programme.  Two past interns have since returned to Yong-en to work as full-time staff.

Joshua Lim, Intern from Nanyang Polytechnic (Social Science) in 2019, shared his experience on Yong-en News, March 2020: My three-month internship at Yong-en was a really enriching experience. Initially, I was not looking forward to this internship as I had lost my passion for social work and no longer wanted to be in this sector. However, my perception changed after just three months.  The staff team are warm and friendly which allowed me to adapt quickly and there were great hands-on learning opportunities. This helped me grow as a person and learn that we should always give our best to help those in need.

Channel 8 Be My Guest Episode 2 – Interview with Chew Gek Khim

9 Feb 2020, Channel 8

TCTF Deputy Chairman Ms Chew Gek Khim was featured on Season 2 Episode 2 of Channel 8’s Be My Guest, presented by Ms Tung Soo Hua. Open to trying new things and one who loves a challenge, this was Ms Chew’s first interview conducted in Mandarin. Ms Chew shared about her personal experiences and value system which is deeply influenced by her grandfather, Tan Sri (Dr) Tan Chin Tuan.

Ex-convicts spruce up home of needy man for Chinese New Year

28 Jan 2020, The New Paper

He has not had visitors to his flat for Chinese New Year since his elderly mother died four years ago. But last week, Mr Koh Hock Choon opened his doors to about 20 guests, including Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat, who also tossed yusheng with Mr Koh, wishing him good health and prosperity for the new year. A beneficiary of the Jamiyah Halfway House’s Community Outreach and Development Department, Mr Koh, 52, who is single, had his home spruced up for the first time since he moved into his Toa Payoh flat 22 years ago.

Mr Koh’s two-room rental flat was given a new look with a fresh coat of paint, newly installed lights, two ceiling fans, a water heater, a new refrigerator and new furniture. The home makeover project, called Project Happiness, is now in its fourth year. This year’s edition is sponsored by Tan Chin Tuan Foundation and Cosy Cool and organised by the Jamiyah Halfway House (Darul Islah) as part of its community outreach engagement programme. Six residents of Darul Islah took part in the week-long spring cleaning.

Reflections @ Yong-en

23 Dec 2019, Yong-en News, December 2019

“Caring for seniors with dementia is not easy. It takes a special person to intentionally create an environment for the seniors to be happy and to do so with joy – I am glad to see this mind-set in action at Yong-en.” Students from Social Science in Gerontology, Temasek Polytechnic, Adeline Tan and Jermine Loo, shared their reflections following the 12-week internship at Yong-en Care Centre – Dementia Day Care. The internship programme for 2019 was sponsored by the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation.



A day of celebration for SJIIM IBDP scholars

8 Oct 2019, SJIIM website

SJIIM recently celebrated its fourth batch of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) scholars through a Scholarship Awards Ceremony on 27 September 2019. The event was graced by the SJIIM Board of Governors Chairman and Brother President of SJI Singapore, Dato’ Br. Paul Ho as the Guest of Honor and notable guests such as Dato’ Richard Ong who is a council member of the Tan Sri Tan Foundation.

A time honoured Lasallian tradition, the IBDP Scholarship Programme is a cornerstone feature of St. Joseph’s Institution International Schools in Singapore and Malaysia. The scholarship programme is now in its fourth cycle and has been supported by many organizations and well wishers since its inception in 2016 and in particular, the Tan Chin Tuan and Tan Sri Tan Foundation that have been significant benefactors of the initiative.

Honouring women leaders in society

12 Jul 2019, The Business Times

Twelve women entrepreneurs were honoured at the Women Entrepreneur Awards (WEA) on July 9. The highest honour – the Supernova Award – went to Ms Chew Gek Khim, Executive Chairman of both Tecity Group and the real estate and resources-based Straits Trading Company. Awarded to only one woman entrepreneur each year, the Supernova category recognises well-respected women leaders who have contributed to the city-state and society. The granddaughter of late banker and philanthropist Tan Chin Tuan also serves as Deputy Chairman of the foundation in Singapore, which bears his name.

Tan Chin Tuan Nursing Award

1 Jul 2019, Home Nursing Foundation, e-News January-July 2019

Tan Chin Tuan Award’s 2nd runner-up Senior Enrolled Nurse, Ms Jenny Yong says there is no greater feeling than being able to contribute her part and to support patients in need. As a senior enrolled nurse at Home Nursing Foundation, Jenny works mostly with elderly patients, some of whom are homebound and suffer multiple chronic illnesses. She makes frequent home visits to assist our patients with simple wound dressing, changing of feeding tubes and urinary catheters.

Music For The Soul

28 Jun 2019, Care Corner News Issue 50 (June 2019)

“I have been participating in Care Corner Senior Activity Centre for the past four years. One of the recent programmes that made an impact on my life was the Angklung Programme, organised by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and sponsored by Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, where all of us (seniors) worked together to play several music pieces. The real fun began when the children from New Life Childcare Centre joined us for one of our Angklung practices. It was definitely a novel experience for me to teach and guide the K2 students on how to play the instrument. It was a wonderful feeling to bring joy and laughter to these young children. My involvement in this learning journey with the kids gave me a sense of renewed purpose in life. I never knew that in my old age, I could still contribute back to the community and inspire the next generation of Singaporeans.”

Mdm Koh Ah Sai, Service user of Care Corner Senior Activity Centre (SAC WL 569A)

More support for students keen on service learning

20 Jun 2019, The Straits Times

The 7th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference for Service-Learning was held in Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) from 19-21 June 2019. This is the first time the conference was held in Singapore, with 300 local and international representatives from various institutes and welfare organisations coming together over three days to discuss and exchange ideas on service learning. During the panel discussion about the Role of Community in Educational Institution, TCTF CEO Ms Yap Su-Yin shared about one of our signature programmes, Project Cheer.

SJIIM celebrates students’ success

16 Jun 2019, STAREDU

The Josephian of the Year Award has been presented to Nicol Yong Jia Jia. During the St Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia’s (SJIIM) second International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) graduation ceremony at its Tropicana PJ Campus auditorium, Nicol received the Tan Sri Tan Chin Tuan Book Prize Award. The award was presented to her by Tan Sri Tan Foundation, council member Dato’ Richard Ong.  The foundation is also one of SJIIM’s IBDP scholarship programme sponsors.