Microsoft Singapore rallied over 150 employees, partners, influencers and beneficiaries from SPD (formerly the Society for the Physically Disabled) and RSVP (The Organisation of Senior Volunteers) to volunteer their time and technology expertise at the We Tech Care Open House, which was held in support of the President’s Challenge 2014.
Attended by Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam and members of the public, We Tech Care went beyond fundraising to amplify the benefits that come from enabling and empowering the community through technology by making the event open to the public this year.
“Microsoft has been an active participant of the annual President’s Challenge for the past 14 years. Through the President’s Challenge, we achieve the dual purpose of supporting charitable causes which are aligned with the goals of the President, while supporting our longer term goal to empower people with disabilities and seniors with the skills and knowledge they need,” said Ms Jessica Tan, Microsoft Singapore’s Managing Director.
The We Tech Care Open House featured a variety of IT-related workshops and activities catering to all members of the public. The day’s programme included Surf Smart and Stay Safe Sessions, Smart Games Sessions, Connected Women Workshops, a PC Clinic and an Assistive Technology Exhibit.
As part of the programme, President Tan met with Microsoft employee and beneficiary volunteers as they engaged the public through all the fun-filled activities. President Tan also accepted a contribution cheque of S$532,000 on behalf of the President’s Challenge 2014 from Ms Jessica Tan. A cheque for S$20,000 was also presented to RSVP.
Over the years, Microsoft Singapore has brought together support from its extensive partner ecosystem and communities in support of the President’s Challenge. Since 2006, the total value of cash and software donations raised by Microsoft, employees and partners for the President’s Challenge is estimated at over S$3.4 million.
Mr Koh Juay Meng, President, RSVP Singapore, said, “The benefits of ICT in the daily lives of seniors are enormous. We are grateful that Microsoft Singapore has been our long-term partner in serving the senior community with their employees going beyond fundraising to actively participating in our community outreach programmes by volunteering their time and technology skills.”
“Technology and education are two great social levellers for people with disabilities. We are very encouraged by the continual support from Microsoft Singapore in bringing technology and higher learning to the community of people with disabilities through the Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship and IT training,” added Mr Abhimanyau Pal, Executive Director, SPD.
We Tech Care was made possible through the generous support of Microsoft and community volunteers, as well as Gold Sponsors Accenture and KPP Packaging; Silver Sponsors Fusionex and Datapulse Technologies; and generous corporate sponsors Access Direct, Amnet, Chassasia, Dimension Data, IN.FOM, Inoarts, Moduslink and Swap. In-kind corporate contribution was also provided by Embrya and Wunderman.
For more information about We Tech Care, visit www.microsoft.com/singapore/WeTechCare.