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Philip Yeo Book Raises S$250,000 to Support Underprivileged Children in Singapore

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SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — In conjunction with the book launch of “Neither Civil Nor Servant”, an authorised biography of its chairman Mr. Philip Yeo; Economic Development Innovations Singapore Pte Ltd (EDIS) is pleased to announce that it has raised over S$250,000 from pre-launch book sales and private donations for the EDIS Cares Fund.

EDIS Cares is the primary Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of EDIS to give back to the Singapore community. This initiative creates opportunities for children from low income families[1] in Singapore to reach their full potential through special programmes designed to inspire and build self-confidence as well as identify and address learning challenges. These include the Early Learning Programme, an intervention programme for 6 to 7 year-olds who have yet to attain the required literacy and numeracy levels; as well as iShine — a thematic, hands-on exploratory learning programme that seeks to uncover children’s hidden talents and newly sparked interests.

EDIS Cares actively engages volunteers and corporations outside of EDIS to personally and collectively make a difference. Since 2014, EDIS Cares has worked with over 140 volunteers and 17 partner corporations to impact over 200 children.

“Over the last 3 years, EDIS Cares has been a catalyst to make a difference in the lives of more than 200 underprivileged children in Singapore. With this new fund, we hope to double the number of children, volunteers and partners that we reach within the next 3 years,” said Abel Ang, Executive Director, EDIS.

Fundraising for EDIS Cares is ongoing and limited edition hard cover “Neither Civil Nor Servant” books, signed by Mr. Philip Yeo, will be given in appreciation of donations in excess of S$2,500. The EDIS Cares Fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Singapore, an Institute of Public Character.

“The Community Foundation of Singapore is proud to partner with EDIS Cares to support programmes that help empower disadvantaged children. Together, we hope to make this a fulfilling and impactful collaboration,” said Catherine Loh, CEO, Community Foundation of Singapore.

[1] Defined as families with per capita income of less than S$625 per month.

Interested donors please contact:

Ms. Chia Hsin Ee
Manager, CSR
Tel: + 65 6908 7656



1. Milk & Diapers – The right start from the very start

Our Milk & Diapers programme aims to provide the critical nutrition and care needed by infants and children up to 4 years old. We work with social workers to identify and monitor families that need such support. To break the cycle of sub-optimal nutrition that is prevalent in lower-income groups, caregivers are educated on how to provide the best nutrition for their families even on a tight budget.

2. Early Learning Programme – Enabling a good start in Primary School

The Early Learning Programme (ELP) is an intervention programme for 6-7 year-olds who have not yet attained the literacy and numeracy levels for their age group. Every Saturday, trained volunteers teach the children on a maximum 1 volunteer : 2 children ratio, using an in-house curriculum designed to also help children with learning difficulties. The children’s progress is monitored through baseline, mid and year-end tests and shared with their parents. Specialist evaluations are sponsored for children suspected of learning difficulties, and we follow-up to ensure that they are placed in the right support programmes.

3. iShine – Be inspired to aspire higher

The iShine programme is a thematic, hands-on exploratory learning programme that takes primary school children beyond their school curriculum. Volunteers journey with the children throughout the year-long programme’s different themes, spotting hidden talents and newly sparked interests. In so doing, we raise their confidence and encourage higher aspirations. iShine children have worked with architects and master-planners to “Design a City”, experienced “A Day in the Life of a Scientist” with researchers and visited horse stables, the airport and other organisations in “When I Grow Up”.

About EDIS

Economic Development Innovations Singapore (EDIS) Pte Ltd is a privately-owned international economic development company that is headquartered in Singapore, with overseas offices in the US and Germany. EDIS provides strategic advice and undertakes the development and management of integrated industrial parks. Our management team comprises veterans who led more than 15 successful township and industrial park developments in Asia – cumulatively creating 1 million high value jobs outside Singapore, and attracting more than US$20 billion of dollars of foreign direct investment to the selected locations. EDIS works with governments and global investors to leverage Singapore’s development experience for the benefit of other countries. EDIS continues to push the envelope in investment promotion by developing an Investment Promotion 2.0(IP2.0) framework which leverages technology to accelerate and increase the productivity of traditional investment promotion activities.

For more information on EDIS, please visit

About the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS)

The Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2008 to encourage and enable philanthropy in Singapore. We bridge donors with charitable organisations to develop programmes and give out grants that support a wide range of needs in the community. Our vision is to grow a sustained culture of giving for generations to come. CFS is a registered charity with Institution of Public Character status.

For more information, please visit

Source: Economic Development Innovations Singapore Pte Ltd

Written by asiafreshnews

November 14, 2016 at 2:07 pm

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