COVID-19 Has Hit Us Hard, Some More Than Others. Let's Help Those In Need.
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All around the globe, everyone is living in a state of peril. Some people are quarantined to their homes while others are working tirelessly to serve the country's citizens. Some people are fighting for their lives while others are weeping the loss of their loved ones. What is the cause? The COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) pandemic.
Singapore is no different. With the current circuit breaker measures implemented by the government, our way of life has been greatly affected. However, certain communities in our country are suffering worse than most of us. This is why Spice Wines has decided to shed light on the difficulties and struggles faced by these people during this period of uncertainty.
Together with your help, we would like to support three fundraising campaigns from giving.sg created by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). The top three fundraising campaigns we have chosen are:
From 17th April to 29th May 2020, Spice Wines will be contributing 25% of our profits from our bundle pricing of one for $24, two for $42 to raise funds for these campaigns. We wish that you will take this opportunity to offer your support through any means possible, be it donating via the purchase of our non-alcoholic wines or spreading the word across your friends and family on how the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the livelihoods of many communities.
Besides raising awareness for these campaigns, it is equally important to educate everyone on the charities who are in charge of these campaigns respectively:
Migrant Worker's Assistance Fund - Migrants We Care
Image Credit: Migrant Worker's Centre
The Migrant Workers' Assistance Fund (MWAF) is the humanitarian charity of the Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC). The MWC is a non-profit organization created by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Singapore National Employers' Federation (SNEF) in 2009. Their mission is to champion fair employment practices and the well-being of migrant workers in Singapore.
The assistance fund was set up in 2012 to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to distressed migrant workers. The funds are utilized in the form of emergency shelter, daily essentials and basic sustenance needs to employment-related issues such as salary arrears. In the unfortunate event where migrant workers lose their lives, the MWAF may also provide their next-of-kin with monetary assistance. The MWAF allows the MWC to cover and protect vulnerable workers up till their outstanding matters are resolved and concluded, and is a crucial resource for the MWC in providing proper and adequate help to distressed and victimized migrant workers in Singapore.
In response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases among the migrant worker community, MWC has started the "Migrants We Care" fundraising campaign. The donations received through this campaign will be contributed to:
• A token amount for unrecovered salary and displaced migrant workers
• Food and accommodation
• Sanitary kits
• Daily necessities (Essential supplies)
The Food Bank Singapore Limited - COVID-19 Relief: Feed The City
Image Credit: The Food Bank Singapore
As prices of food continue to increase, many lower- to middle-income families have problems putting food on the table as salaries are not growing as quickly. This is why Nichol and Nicholas Ng, a pair of siblings running a food distribution business, founded The Food Bank Singapore Limited in 2012.
The non-profit organization acquires donated food from farms, manufacturers, distributors, retail stores, consumers, and other sources which are then allocated to the needy via various channels through Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs), charities, soup kitchens, etc.
With the ongoing pandemic, many local F&B businesses have experienced a plunge in footfall. Some companies have ceased operations, whereas others are struggling to survive through the sales of takeaways and delivery orders. Vulnerable communities have also been affected as they are in need of meals to survive the circuit breaker period. To create a win-win situation, the donations from this campaign will be contributed to support struggling F&B businesses and in turn, give the underprivileged such as needy families and senior citizens the opportunity to enjoy meals from them. In other words, donors will be paying for the meals provided by the partnered local F&B businesses such as :
• Samsui Kitchen
• Dignity Kitchen
• Lagun Sari
• Han Holdings (Rollie Ollie)
• Spice Village
• Lotus Thai
• Royal Catering
• KG Catering
Community Chest - Support The Courage Fund And Help Those Affected By COVID-19
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Community Chest is the fundraising and engagement arm of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS). Established in 1983, the charity's mission is to raise funds for the nation's many social service agencies so that they can do what they are best at - providing critical programs and services for those in need. They support about 80 social service agencies in Singapore, allowing them to focus on caring for the disadvantaged. All donations go straight to empowering the lives of:
• Children with special needs and youths-at-risk to reach their potential
• Adults with disabilities to integrate into society
• Relationships of families in difficulty to stay resilient
• Elderly to age gracefully in the community
• Persons with mental health conditions to integrate into society
The Courage Fund was first set up in 2003 when the SARS outbreak hit Singapore. During those difficult times, many Singaporeans donated generously to support those affected. In this same spirit of uniting the community to help one another through difficult times, Community Chest is rallying the community to provide relief and support to those affected by the current COVID-19 situation. Donations through this campaign will contribute to relief schemes to support and provide assistance to vulnerable individuals and families, including healthcare workers, frontline workers and volunteers. These relief schemes include:
• For dependents of individuals who have succumbed to COVID-19
• For Healthcare workers who have contracted COVID-19 in the line of duty
• For frontline workers and community volunteers who have contracted COVID-19 in the line of duty
• For affected households due to individuals contracting COVID-19 or serving Quarantine Orders (QO), Stay-Home Notices (SHN) or mandatory Leave Of Absence (LOA)
On the last day of our campaign, 29th May 2020, we will be donating 25% of the company's profits from all our COVID-19 Charity orders, and these proceeds shall be split evenly among the three fundraising campaigns. We genuinely hope that you will support us and together, we can impact the lives of those who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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