SICCI marks 95th anniversary with launch of inaugural Charity Golf Tournament

What better way for the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) to mark the 95th anniversary than to give back to society graciously?

SICCI launched its inaugural Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, May 3, as part of its corporate social responsibility. 

SICCI's inaugural Charity Golf Tournament raised SGD100,000 for the Children's Cancer Foundation. Photo courtesy: Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
SICCI's inaugural Charity Golf Tournament raised SGD100,000 for the Children's Cancer Foundation. Photo courtesy: Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

The event raised SGD100,000 in donations for the Children's Cancer Foundation (CCF), a non-profit organisation that works to improve the quality of life of children with cancer. Founded in 1992, CCF also support the families of cancer patients by enhancing their emotional, social and medical well-being. 

In a press statement on Monday, May 6, SICCI said CCF was chosen as the beneficiary of the golf tournament as the Chambers decided that the benefits should be ethnic-neutral.

"2019 is a special year for us as the Chamber is celebrating its 95th anniversary," said SICCI Chairman, Dr T Chandroo. "To commemorate this auspicious occasion, we have planned an active calendar of events for the year. To kick off the celebrations, we have chosen to do something meaningful and fulfilling for the community."

Guest of Honour Senior Minister of State for Education and Trade & Industry, Mr Chee Hong Tat, handed the cheque to Children's Cancer Foundation at the dinner reception on Friday, May 3. Photo courtesy: Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Guest of Honour Senior Minister of State for Education and Trade & Industry, Mr Chee Hong Tat, handed the cheque to Children's Cancer Foundation at the dinner reception on Friday, May 3. Photo courtesy: Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

He added, "Cancer is a debilitating illness that takes its toll, physically, emotionally and mentally, not only on the child but also on his or her family. It is a disease that affects all races and ethnic groups. We have thus decided to champion this cause to help young cancer patients and their families to better cope with the illness."

Dr Chandroo also extended SICCI's sincere thanks to all the golfers who participated, and for their generous support for this commendable cause. 

More than 18 sponsors had come aboard with 148 golfers participating in the golf tournament. The tee-off kicked off at 1pm, and was followed by a dinner reception later in the evening.

Senior Minister of State for Education and Trade & Industry, Mr. Chee Hong Tat was the Guest of Honour for the dinner, accompanied by Dr Chandroo, CEO of SICCI Mr K. Barathan, and Organising Chairperson of the event, Mr. M. S. Maniam. An auction for golf equipment was also held to raise funds for CCF.

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Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Writer

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.

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