Our Past Service Projects
Over the years, we have also held many fundraising events to support our community. We select, fund and participate in community projects fundamental to promoting women’s economic self-sufficiency, political equality, access to education and health care and the elimination of violence against women. Each year, Zontians dedicate thousands of volunteer hours and millions of dollars to effecting these changes, while the Zonta International programs funded by the Zonta International Foundation impact these issues on a global level. Here are some of them:
- St. Luke's Fundraising Concert
- The Sylvia Kho Bridal Show and Exhibition
- Zonta Club Scholarship
The one-night concert, organised by Zonta Club of Singapore, was held at the University Cultural Centre on 3 December 2005. The Guest-of-Honour was Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and Second Minister for Trade and Industry and Mrs Balakrishnan.
Over 1,650 people watched the live performance of the award-winning acappella group, The idea of North. Over $158,000 for St. Luke’s Hospital (SLH) and St. Luke’s Eldercare Centres (SLEC) were raised.
The group won Best Jazz CD and Best Jazz Song awards at the US-based Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards 2005. Trish Delaney-Brown (soprano), Naomi Crellin (alto), Nick Begbie (tenor) and Andrew Piper (bass) put up an outstanding musical act with their superb musicianship and arrangements embracing jazz, soul, and gospel their own music, together with a variety of award-winning original, traditional and contemporary songs.
A local band, seven:30, formed by five young music lovers with their blend of soulful melodies and catchy rhythms, provided the opening act to the evening.
Clement Chow, known for his song ”Count on Me Singapore” was the Master of Ceremony.
The concert was like a big family gathering. It saw the cooperative effort of Zonta Club, staff and board members of SLH and SLEC, and foundation churches, in organizing of event and coordinating of tickets sales.
Zonta Club, together with SLH and SLEC express their heartfelt appreciation to donors and sponsors for their generosity towards the concert.
This was a multi faceted event held in September 2003 after a year of active planning and collaboration with external supporters. In 2002 Mrs Sylvia Kho, then 84 years old had kindly donated a collection of gowns from her shop for sale. In her early days, she was a famous designer of wedding gowns and dressed the who’s who of Singapore society for their weddings. In her 70’s she had to retire unexpectedly due to a fall and she had a significant number of exquisite wedding dresses yet to be sold. A high tea bridal fashion show was organized to show case the wedding gowns and also to raise funds through the sale of tickets. In addition the club organized a 9-day exhibition and sale of her gowns at Tanglin Mall.
After a very successful show and exhibition, over $70,000 was raised for the St. Luke’s Hospital for the Elderly.
National Museum of Singapore has on permanent exhibit of one of Mrs Sylvia Kho’s wedding gown, a fitting tribute to one of Singapore’s earliest woman entrepreneurs.
Zonta Club of Singapore organized climbathons in 1992 and again in 1994. Zontians and families, friends, supporters took the staircase to climb from the 5th Floor to the 73rd Floor at the then tallest hotel in the world! It was a fun filled and exhilarating experience for all. The view of Singapore from the helipad at the top of the hotel is stunning and incomparable. Funds raised from the two Climbathons were donated to St. Luke’s Hospital for the Elderly. Please see photos of these two exciting events.
Zonta Scholarship at Ngee Ann Polytechnic was set up in 1991 at the 20th Anniversary of Zonta Club of Singapore. As part of the celebrations, a fundraising dinner was held to set up the scholarship fund to benefit needy female students in the engineering field at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. This was in keeping with one of the objectives of the Zonta to promote and improve the welfare of women in education. The scholarship fund has since been fully disbursed.