Tomorrow, 3rd December, is #GivingTuesday — or as we’re calling it in Singapore, #GivingTuesdaySG. This social media driven new global day of giving was created by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation in the USA last year. In just two months, they brought together over 2,500 organisations to drive philanthropy and pledges of volunteerism. Movie stars, politicians, and other celebrities endorsed the campaign, helping to spur 50 million Internet users worldwide to spread the #GivingTuesday message.
This year, the movement has gone global. It’s being celebrated in the USA, Canada, Australia, Latin America and here in Singapore. Thirty organisations — both charities and commercial companies — came together to kickstart it on our shores. Since the initial announcement in mid-October, dozens of other organisations have joined the movement. Similarly, social media ambassadors, which include the amazingly talented Janice Koh, funnyman Hossan Leong and everyone’s favourite selfie-taking politician Baey Yam Keng, have been promoting #GivingTuesdaySG and its messages. They have also been joined by hundreds of Singaporeans and residents who support the movement’s message of giving back.
Fly Entertainment artists took some time from their schedule to record this simple intro to the campaign. Please watch it below.
Taking part is simple. You can give in any way you want. Donate to your favourite charity. Volunteer. Start a new project. Make a pledge. And then share what you decide to do on social media, referencing #GivingTuesdaySG when you do.
There are some amazing campaigns going on today. For a full list, click over here: #GivingTuesdaySG campaigns.
As for myself, I’ll be spending the day with some of the #GivingTuesdaySG partners, checking out the great things they are doing first-hand. But more importantly, I’m making two pledges, as per the picture at the top of this post.
First, I’m going to work with some friends to try and launch a new kind of food festival in town — and one that donates all revenues to charities that we collectively admire and respect.
And secondly, I’ll be volunteering time and energy over the next year (and more) to helping a new nonprofit organisation launch a very exciting, innovative children’s museum here in Singapore.
So, what are you going to be doing on #GivingTuesdaySG?