Thursday, 8 December 2016, marked Sports Day for our adopted charity, Melrose Home, where Singapore Turf Club (STC) organised for a fun and adrenalin-charged game of “Laser Tag” at The Cage @ Kallang. 12 children and STC staff volunteers were split into teams of 4, and given equal opportunity to battle against each other. Laughter and excitement filled the cage as each team attempted to claim the victory during their round. The event concluded with a more challenging activity of fusing the games “Capture the Flag” and “Laser Tag”, whereby the same teams would have to not only protect their own base, but also bring over their ‘flags’ from the opponent’s side without being eliminated. On top of having fun as well as a good exercise, the children learnt the importance of teamwork and communication by interacting with STC’s volunteers, which allowed for both a fruitful and enjoyable experience.
17 staff volunteers from STC went down to THK's premises, located just minutes away by foot from Admiralty MRT station to inject joy and happiness for the children by celebrating National Day with them. Games were organised by the centre's staff and STC's staff helped to engage and encourage the children to participate in them. There was also a cake cutting to commemorate the nation's birthday.
Music lovers were treated to a performance by SSO at the Singapore Racecourse. Made possible by a community collaboration between SSO and Singapore Turf Club (STC), SSO performed a music repertoire in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival at the Parade Ring. Among the list on the repertoire were Gioachino Rossini's Willia Tell Overture and Ballet Suite No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich. STC's mascots, Racer and Clover, made a special appearance too for photo opportunities with the crowd. Admission to the event was free and was opened to everybody.
Organised as part of the Singapore International Racing Festival (SIRF) 2013, the Turf Belles and 18 staff volunteers from Singapore Turf Club (STC) helped to sell cupcakes during the SIRF road show at Chinatown Point. A new record was set for the largest cupcake tower in Singapore with 2,888 cupcakes. All proceeds from the sales of the cupcakes were donated to STC's adopted charity, Thye Hua Kwan EIPIC Centre @ Woodlands for the establishment of a new sensori-motor gym.
The December edition of Singapore Turf Club's (STC) Bi-annual open house event saw a 4000 strong crowd make their way down to the Singapore Racecourse. True to the name of the event, there were activities organised for everyone, children and adults alike. Guests were entertained by dance performances while the children were enchanted by the magic repertoire performance. Children also got to ride on ponies too and sign up for riding lessons offered by STC Riding Centre. To top it off, a mass Gangnam style was staged with numerous dancers and guests got a chance to compete to be the Best Gangnam style dancer.
The annual Blood Donation Drive, organised jointly by the Singapore Red Cross and the HR Department, usually takes place at the end of the year, which coincides with the season of giving. The drive was held at the Sportsbuzz located within the Club’s premises.
This year, despite the mass health screening for staff in the same month, the turnout for the event was better than expected and a total of 48 units were collected, both from staff and members of the public. There were even donors who rushed down at the last minute before the closing time and requested to donate their blood. With the collected units, a potential 144 lives could be saved (1 unit can save up to 3 lives).
In collaboration with MediaCorp, Singapore Turf Club (STC) granted the wishes of 5 under-privileged youths with serious medical conditions through this programme. Nominated by various Voluntary Welfare Organisations, the beneficiaries ranged from 3 to 16 years old. Through the programme, STC fulfilled the wishes of the children, including a 16 year old diagnosed with Congential Muscular Dystrophy, which is a genetic disorder that causes the muscles to slowly waste away. As her wish was to study Veterinary Technology, STC provided her with the opportunity to be a veterinary assistant for a day. This allowed her to witness the operations of vets first hand and up close. Creating beautiful memories and lasting impressions was important to the children, some of whom may not be able to live normal lives without constant medical assistance.
This charity event which saw the inaugural Hua Mei Race Day was attended by 200 guests, with Mr S R Nathan, former President of Singapore as the Guest of Honour.
A total of $200,000 was raised in support of Hua Mei Mobile Clinic’s frail and housebound elders.
Hua Mei Mobile Clinic was set up in 1993 by Tsao Foundation to provide care to elders who are mostly in their 70s and housebound due to difficulty in walking. These elders often live alone or come from low-income families, which makes it all the more challenging for them to seek proper medical care.