ISCA Cares raised over $421,000 through its inaugural Charity Golf event, including matching funds from Tote Board. Held on March 19 and 26 at Orchid Country Club, golfers played their hearts out at the beautifully lush and manicured Dendro and Aranda courses.
Originally scheduled for March 27 last year, the event was met with overwhelming response from sponsors and donors, with the 35 flights fully sold out. Unfortunately, the event had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
With improvements to the local Covid-19 situation, the event was held over two evenings in a modified form this year. Adhering to measures to prevent crowding, participants teed off according to their allocated timeslots. Other safe management measures were also strictly observed, including safe entry check-in, safe distancing among participants, and individually packed dinners.
Speaking on behalf of the Organising Committee, Kelvin Tan was thankful for the donors’ unwavering support despite the initial postponement and subsequent scaled-down event. “The health advisories were issued just prior to the event and there was much uncertainty whether we could proceed. We are truly grateful for everyone’s understanding and commitment to pledge their donations.” Despite the challenges faced in organising this charity golf event this year, Mr Tan was heartened by the enthusiasm shown by the golfers and the compassion members of the profession have for the charitable cause. Lucky participants walked away with prizes including hotel staycations, shopping and dining vouchers, and wellness hampers.
STEPPING UP FINANCIAL SUPPORT
ISCA Cares is a charity set up by ISCA in 2015. Its vision is to build a compassionate and caring accountancy community that actively contributes towards the betterment of society. One of the key objectives of the charity is to provide promising students from financially vulnerable families with access to quality accounting education.
In view of the difficult economic climate arising from Covid-19, ISCA Cares significantly increased the number of bursary recipients (known as ISCA Cares Ambassadors) in 2020. A record $164,000 was awarded to 83 Ambassadors, which was more than double the number of recipients in 2019, where $110,100 was awarded to 36 Ambassadors.
ISCA Cares Chairman Max Loh asserts that the charity will continue to provide financial assistance to more students in this time of need. “The lower-income households would be hardest hit by Covid-19’s long economic fallout. ISCA Cares is committed to support more needy students in 2021. The funds raised through the Charity Golf event will go a long way towards this end.”
LENDING A HELPING HAND
ISCA Cares would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to the Charity Golf Organising Committee, who have made the event a reality. They are:
- Henry Tan Song Kok;
- Kelvin Tan Wee Peng;
- Marcus Lam Hock Choon;
- Roger Tay Puay Cheng.
On behalf of the ISCA Cares Ambassadors, ISCA Cares would also like to say a big thank you to all donors, sponsors and Tote Board for their support. The platinum sponsors and key donors of the event are:
- BDO LLP;
- Crowe Horwath First Trust LLP;
- Hong Leong Foundation;
- KPMG LLP;
- The PwC Singapore Foundation.