Pamela Tor Das
Director, Ninemer Public Relations Pte Ltd
Dear Friends of RMHC Singapore, 2015 was a busy year for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Singapore. And a very special one too.
We opened the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the National University Hospital (NUH) last November – which, together with the existing Ronald McDonald House, is able to help even more families stay close to their children receiving medical treatment at NUH.
Through our other RMHC programmes, we continued to make an impact in the community in ways both big and small…
• The Ronald McDonald House at National University Hospital (NUH), already into its third year of operations, was a respite for 119 families last year. On average, the families stayed with us for 12 nights in a comforting environment, where our staff and volunteers provide care and support to their every need during times of trial.
• Our Tubs of Love initiative reached out to more new mothers as a gesture of support; while the Oncology Happy Snack Packs never failed to delight the children as a simple form of encouragement.
• A more recent development is our Grant-Making Programme. Already into its second year, we have contributed a total of $140,400 in grants towards selected NGO-driven initiatives to help children lead better everyday lives. These include aid in the form of special devices for children with feeding and swallowing disorders so they eat better, and postural support sleep systems for those with multiple disabilities so they sleep better.
The year ahead is another busy – and exciting – one for us.
In particular, we are working on the opening of a second Ronald McDonald Family Room, this time at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). We are thankful to the IMH for sharing in our cause to give families and their children a supportive and uplifting environment, as they manage personal challenges.
It goes without saying that all the programmes and initiatives planted so far have been possible because of many helping hands. A big shoutout to our team of dedicated RMHC staff – Judy Chun (who has since moved on to a new calling), Norsiah Yahya and Leonard Liu – and our awesome team of part-time staff and volunteers who have been crucial in the day-to-day operations of the Charity. We are also thankful for our 11-member strong RMHC Board and the committee members who have been volunteering their time to help us further our cause.
Most of all, we take this opportunity to thank the support of all our friends of RMHC, who have donated time, money, expertise and/or in-kind donations to the Charity. It is YOUR support that has enabled RMHC Singapore to grow from strength to strength.
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Singapore focuses on the critical needs of children and celebrates the development and implementation of diverse programmes that are made possible by our staff, volunteers and donors. For us, responsible stewardship, operating with accountability and transparency, is paramount.
RMHC Singapore is a private charity registered under the Societies Act and not an Institution of a Public Character (IPC). We abide strictly to the corporate governance code set by RMHC Global and the local Singapore charity council. Our finances are independently audited every year in accordance with local regulations.
RMHC Singapore maintains a Conflicts of Interest Policy applicable to all board and committee members, as well as all staff members. The purpose of the policy is to protect the interest of RMHC Singapore when it is considering entering a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or board member of RMHC Singapore, or any other interested persons.
In maintaining prudent oversight of our reserve funds, RMHC Singapore ensures that donated funds are used in areas that are in accordance with our mission, i.e. to create, find and support programmes that directly improve the health and well-being of children whilst consistently building and maintaining adequate spendable reserves to keep the Charity’s cause as a going concern. RMHC Singapore carries a surplus of funds no greater than three times its previous year of Operating Expenses in unrestricted accounts. It also holds funds in a restricted account for specific purposes.
Pamela Tor Das
President, RMHC Singapore