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UAESBC Donates $10K to Tabung Amal Aidilfitri’s Sinar Harapan Initiative

29th June: The UAE Singapore Business Council (UAESBC) and the UAE Embassy were graciously invited by Tabung Amal Aidilfitri (TAA) to their charity event to launch two new charitable initiatives, Sinar Harapan and Sinar Bakti. Both initiatives are designed to empower TAA aid recipients, ease their financial burdens, and foster a spirit of volunteerism among the youth. At least 600 students from 400 families are expected to benefit from these initiatives.

The UAESBC was delighted to donate $10,000 to the esteemed cause. A cheque was presented to TAA by Dr. Brian Shegar, President of the UAESBC, with Guest of Honour Ms Rahahyu Mahzam, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information and Health, and Mr Najib Sahib, TAA Executive Committee Head.

Mr Najib Sahib, explained that the Sinar Harapan initiative was introduced to recognise the perseverance and determination of aid recipients in supporting their children's post-secondary education despite economic challenges. Under this program, each family benefiting from TAA will receive a one-time financial assistance of $500 for each child enrolled in post-secondary education. Eligible children will be invited to attend the Sinar Harapan event, where they will meet other youth from similar backgrounds and participate in panel discussions.

Both initiatives were launched by Ms Rahayu Mahzam at a ceremony held at the Singapore Expo. In her speech, Ms Rahayu emphasized that Sinar Harapan serves as a tool for TAA and the Malay/Muslim community to show their faith in the potential of the youth and provide unwavering support. She stressed that current circumstances do not determine one's future, but rather dreams, aspirations, and hard work are the determinants of true success. Education, she noted, is a powerful tool that can open opportunities and help break the cycle of poverty. She encouraged the youth to aim high in their pursuit of academic achievement and not to be discouraged by temporary challenges.

Around 300 eligible child beneficiaries, along with representatives from various Islamic organizations and corporate entities, attended the ceremony. The event also featured 10 Islamic social and welfare organizations that promoted their activities and encouraged students to volunteer under the Sinar Bakti initiative. Participating organizations included the Singapore AMP, the Muslim Community Kidney Action Association (MKAC), the Muslim Trust Fund Association (MTFA), Pertapis Singapore, the Singapore Muslim Youth Association (PPIS), and the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DPPMS).

In attendance were UAESBC Patron, His Excellency Jamal Alsuwaidi, UAE Ambassador to Singapore, and our supportive EXCO members from Arab Bank, Singapore Medtech Accelerator, ENOC, and Etihad. We would like to say thank you again to His Excellency and our EXCO members for representing UAESBC and to TAA for inviting us to support a meaningful cause.

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