‘A Celebration of Impact’ at the PCS Thanksgiving Charity Dinner 2024

More than 200 donors and guests came together for the inaugural Thanksgiving Charity Dinner, which was held on 7 Mar 2024 at Paradox Singapore Merchant Court.

Themed ‘A Celebration of Impact: An Ode to the Joy of Influence‘, the dinner looked back at the lives of those impacted by PCS and presented new developments in the near future. To mark the special event, guests were presented with a bespoke tote bag handcrafted by trainees from our latest initiative, HisGrace Printing Services, containing information about PCS’ programs and services.

The dinner began with a performance by Grace Orchard School's Reaching Excellence through Circus Arts (RECA), titled 'Spin Fusion'. Students showcased their extraordinary skills and creativity with an electrifying display of diabolo tricks!

Our Chairman, Mr. Jonathan Kok, emphasized in his welcome address that “we can’t celebrate any impact without acknowledging and remembering what Jesus did for us.”

He added that he aims to seek the partnership of the PCS board and the Presbyterian Synod to raise PCS’ profile and transform itself in response to the challenging times they operate in, calling on support from the Presbyterian community.

Rt Rev Dr Christopher Chia, the Synod Moderator of The Presbyterian Church in Singapore, led in a thanksgiving prayer before the first course of the meal was served.

Our Guest-of-Honour, Mr Ang Wei Neng, Member of Parliament for West Coast GRC, was ushered in with a warm welcome and invited to give an address on stage.

Mr Ang Wei Neng discussed the increased support from the government for seniors, students with special needs, and preschoolers. He commended PCS for being “very progressive in making bold decisions to transform the organisation”, citing our efforts to reach to the elderly through Active Ageing Centres & Senior Care Centres and establishing new co-learning spaces for students, the elderly, and those with special needs.

Afterwards, Chairman Mr Jonathan Kok and Ms Angela Chew, a member of the elderly volunteer group Handiwork, presented a token of appreciation to our Guest-of-Honour: a lovingly handcrafted orchid arrangement by Handiwork’s volunteers.

Handiwork is an initiative to engage and empower elderly volunteers to contribute back to the community with their delicate handicrafts. The elderly volunteer group meets at Esther and Evergreen AAC every week.

A silent auction was also held, in which guests bid for five artworks that were displayed at the reception area, which were painted by students from Grace Orchard School as part of their Visual Art Aesthetics programme. Guests and donors placed their bid through an auction bidding form, in which the highest bid at the end of the auction will receive the artwork. Those who did not bid the highest offer may generously contribute the sum of their bid to PCS.

A special presentation called ‘PCS Stories’ showed a day in the life of four PCS staff members to reach where they are today. Through the use of videos and a unique live segment for each member, guests were touched as they followed their journey of care and witnessed how PCS’ efforts had benefited them across generations.

Ms Annie Tan (left) and Mr Nicholas Wee in on stage.

The first segment was dedicated to Mr Nicholas Wee and Ms Annie Tan from PCS Dorcas Home Care Service. 

From beneficiary to volunteer to staff, Annie has journeyed with Presbyterian Community Services for a long time. Since 2015, she has been working with the PCS Dorcas Home Care Service team to provide meal deliveries and medical escort services to the elderly living in Singapore. 

Annie’s differently-abled grandson, Nicholas, overcame all odds to become a thriving Home Care Assistant at the same workplace as her. 

Watch the special presentation of Annie and Nicholas here!

Mr Desmond (left) and Ms Wendy Ang, seen presenting the tote bag, beaming on stage.

The next segment featured Mr Desmond and Ms Wendy Ang from PCS Hannah Active Ageing Centre. 

Desmond, a differently-abled staff member, has literally grown up in PCS, starting as a preschooler at the PCS Grow and Glow Woodlands Childcare Centre, and later went on to study at Grace Orchard School. Upon his graduation, Desmond started working as a Centre Aide at PCS Hannah AAC and has continued working there for the past eight years.  

Recently, he graduated from the Eldercare Aide Training programme by the Institute of Special Programmes and Continual Equipping to empower persons with mild intellectual disabilities to experience the joy of working with seniors in the eldercare sector.

Watch the special presentation of Desmond here!

Our Group Executive Director, Mr David Lim, also gave a presentation unveiling future plans for a Hub for Integrated Services (HIS), consisting of Grace Orchard School (GOS), Institute of Special Programmes and Continual Equipping (iSPACE) and CAREspace, a sheltered workshop promoting the lifelong independence of Persons with Disabilities. The hub is set to be ready by 2029, with an estimated cost of $4 million.

As the dinner came to a close, it served as a poignant reminder of the profound impact we can have on our community, inspiring the hope that PCS will encourage others to come together, inspire one another, and make a lasting difference in the lives of those around us.

We thank God for the success of the Thanksgiving Charity Dinner and we look forward to our celebration of our 50th anniversary next year! 

A better society starts with you

Make a difference today through your giving and serving