5 non-profits supporting seniors are part of PC2020
This year’s President’s Challenge is also focusing on supporting initiatives that empower persons with disabilities.
Five voluntary welfare organisations providing eldercare services were selected for this year’s President’s Challenge, a national movement led by the President to rally Singaporeans to build a caring and cohesive society together. The organisations – Care Corner Seniors Services, Caregiving Welfare Association, RSVP Singapore The Organisation of Senior Volunteers, Sree Narayana Mission (Singapore), and St John’s Home for Elderly Persons – are part of a list of 72 organisations being supported by this year’s President’s Challenge.
This year, President Halimah Yacob is also focusing on supporting initiatives that empower persons with disabilities, so as to bring about sustained improvements in their quality of life. During the launch of President’s Challenge recently, she launched a President’s Challenge Enabling Employment Pledge to rally employers to provide more employment opportunities to persons with disabilities. Over 100 employers across the public, private and people sectors have pledged their support. By pledging, employers reaffirm their commitment to adopting an inclusive mindset towards employees with disabilities, create barrier-free workplace environments, and implement supportive employment policies for employees with disabilities.
The President said, “Through the Enabling Employment Pledge, President’s Challenge hopes to encourage more employers to take the first step and open their doors to persons with disabilities. Employers who sign the Pledge can look forward to greater support in their effort to train, hire and integrate employees with disabilities. They will join a network of like-minded employers and have access to a whole suite of best practices that can be shared amongst themselves. I hope that as a nation, we can be more welcoming to persons with disabilities as co-workers.”