Mental health charity turns five
It wasn’t your usual fundraising dinner.
For one thing, it began with a short talk on meditation and the 250 guests were even invited to enter into silence for 10 minutes.
However, the session – at the fifth anniversary fundraising dinner of mental health charity Clarity Singapore – was welcomed by many.
“I thought that to keep quiet for 10 minutes was long but as it turned out, it wasn’t that long and I felt good after that!” said one participant.
Mr Peter Ng, president of World Community of Christian Meditation Singapore, led the session at the dinner, which was themed Peace and Serenity through Clarity. He shared with the guests the benefits of meditation and silence.
Clarity chairman Joseph Tan told guests that with their support, Clarity was able to set up a second centre at Agape Village in Toa Payoh.
He added that Clarity hopes to “assist more types of mental health patients, including those suffering from more severe and difficult illnesses, and we can also expand our services to other parts of Singapore”, he added.
During the dinner a video of Clarity’s development over the past five years was screened, from its initial challenges at finding a permanent location to having its own premises at Yishun Ring Road in 2012 to offer community-based mental health services..
According to Clarity, the funds raised at this dinner will be used to fund its services at Agape Village, which include professional counselling, psychotherapy and art therapy.
Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health, was guest of honour at the event. Other special guests included Dr Lee Bee Wah, MP for Nee Soon GRC; and Fr John Joseph Fenelon, parish priest of Church of our Lady of Lourdes.
Clarity Singapore’s website is http://www.clarity-singapore.org/