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Singapore Co-operatives raised $222,197.17 for Humanitarian Aid to Indonesia (1998)

Oct., 1998
(Source: Co-op Dialogue, Vol. 8, No. 2, July-Sept, 1998, pp.34)

Singapore Co-operatives raised $222,197.17 for Humanitarian Aid to Indonesia

In March, the Singapore Red Cross Society announced its target to raise $5 million to help the people in Indonesia, especially the poor and sick, who are suffering from shortage of food and medicines due to spiralling prices caused by the financial crisis.

The effort made by the Singapore Red Cross Society is a laudable one and SNCF Chairman, Mr. Tan Kin Lian strongly proposed that the Singapore Co-operative Movement support and contribute towards this worthy cause.
"This is an opportune time that the Movement demonstrates our Co-operative Principle: Concern for the Community, in this instance, concern for our neighbour", said Mr. Tan.

In this respect, we have appealed to each affiliate to support this worthy cause together with the NTUC.  As at 21 May 1998, the Singapore Co-operative Movement has raised a total of $222,197.17 for the Humanitarian Aid to Indonesia.
The United Nations Development Programme said in a statement that 7.5 million people living in 15 provinces risked experiencing food shortages until early next year if there is a renewed drought this year.

SNCF Chief Executive, Mr. K.T. Samuel commended, "Responses were overwhelming and they have surpassed many times more than our expectations. We would like to thank all Co-operators for their participation in this noble cause."