• President Halimah Yacob graced signature charity dinner as Guest-of- Honour
  • Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin donated personal photo prints for ‘live’ auction; total proceeds of $24,000 will go to NCCS Cancer Fund
  • Generous donor gave $1 million in support of the National Cancer Centre Singapore

SINGAPORE, 26 October 2018

There were approximately 12,000 cancer incidences in Singapore in 2012. By 2030, this figure is expected to at least double.

Against the backdrop of an increased demand for cancer care, NCCS held its signature charity dinner at the Ritz-Carlton on Saturday, 3rd Nov 2018 at 7pm under the banner of Make More Survivors, which is the theme of its five-year campaign to raise $150 million by 2022 for cancer care, research, education and prevention. The banquet at Ritz-Carlton was generously sponsored by Pontiac Land Private Limited.  

A ‘live auction’ featured art pieces donated by individuals dedicated to the cancer cause. Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin donated his personal photo prints which showcase beautiful images of sunsets and sunrises. The pieces were auctioned off for a total of $24,000. Others included art pieces by Cultural Medallion award winners Mr Iskandar Abdul Jalil and Mr Henry Chen KeZhan as well as Mr Benny Ong, a contemporary textile artist.

Commenting on the charity dinner, the Guest-of-Honour, President Halimah Yacob said, “It is heartening to know that many are rallying behind the cancer community. This shows that our society is built on the foundations of unity, compassion and care and concern for one another. It is vital that we uphold these values that form the bedrock of our society. I urge volunteers and contributors to support the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) to help these patients lead better and more fulfilling lives.”

NCCS Medical Director, Professor William Hwang shared, “As the leading voice of oncological care and research in Singapore and the region, we are committed to helping to care for cancer patients. We could not have forged new frontiers in the past 19 years without donors who share our cause. Philanthropy is one of the cornerstones of NCCS and will continue to be vital for us to scale greater heights.”

NCCS raised about $14 million in new cash and pledges in the last financial year, thanks to the donors, community fundraisers, and our very own staff with over 60 percent of NCCS employees making a donation to advance patient care and research.

In support of the NCCS charity dinner 2018, New Century International Pte Ltd has donated $1 million towards lymphoma research and the set-up of an interactive education hub at the new NCCS building, which will be ready come 2022.

“Through a book sale and a series of marathons overseas, two ambassadors from the Make More Survivors campaign have since raised $38,080. We are grateful for a growing group of supporters who take on the fundraiser role themselves to enhance cancer care and research,” added Prof Hwang.

About the National Cancer Centre Singapore

National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) provides a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to cancer treatment and patient care. We see close to 65 per cent of the public sector oncology cases, and they are benefiting from the sub-specialisation of our clinical oncologists.

To deliver among the best in cancer treatment and care, our clinicians work closely with our scientists who conduct robust cutting-edge clinical and translational research programmes which are internationally recognised. NCCS strives to be a global leading cancer centre, and shares its expertise and knowledge by offering training to local and overseas medical professionals. www.nccs.com.sg

For more information, please contact:

National Cancer Centre Singapore

Rachel Tan
Manager, Corporate Communications
Office : 6236 9535
Email : rachel.tan.c.h@nccs.com.sg

Lien Wanting
Executive, Corporate Communications
Office : 6236 9465
Email : lien.wanting@nccs.com.sg