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The AustCham Community Fund was established in November 2004 to foster stronger ties between AustCham and the community, promote better understanding of the people and culture of Australia and Singapore, as well as promote caring in the community in Singapore.

The AustCham Community Fund committee has identified the following areas as a guide for donation:

Cultural
Educational
Arts/Literature
Charitable
Business


If you are aware of any programs that would benefit from our support, and that align with the culture and aims of the AustCham Community Fund please contact us at info@austcham.org.sg.

Recent Projects

aidha

As part of its continued commitment to supporting community-based projects in Singapore the AustCham Community Fund partners with aidha - a local not-for-profit organisation dedicated to 'enriching lives through financial education. aidha serves women migrant workers, primarily domestic workers. It offers a range of confidence-building, money management and entrepreneurship training, along with the micro-credit services necessary for these women to launch small businesses when they return home. As a Friend of aidha, AustCham is sponsoring a series of educational awards and an innovative savings club scheme. For more information visit www.aidha.org.
AustCham supports residency of Australian Playwright in Singapore
Australian playwright Jessica Bellamy was the Artist in Residence at Grey’s Project in Tiong Bahru in November and December 2013 and was supported by AustCham’s community fund. The residency, which was organised by Playwriting Australia, included a full schedule of presentations, workshops and the also the creation of a new piece of theatre in collaboration with local playwrights.

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2013

In 2013, AustCham partnered with the Australian High Commission to support the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations’ (SCWO) International Women's Day activities. The winner of the Best Speaker Prize in the Open Category, St Andrews Junior College student Nar Sher May, won two return airfares to Australia, provided by AustCham. Sher May accepted her prize at the SCWO Gala Dinner, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Saturday 30 March, from SCWO Board Member Dr Jane Horan, Australian High Commissioner HE Mr Philip Green and AustCham Singapore President Graham Lee.

AustCham Excellence and Equity Scholarship for James Cook University Singapore

In 2013 AustCham sponsored a scholarship to support Singaporean students wishing to experience study at an Australian Campus of James Cook University. The Scholarship of $5000 will be awarded to five students over the next three years to be used primarily for their airfares and accommodation.

HIAM Health through The Chain Reaction Project

In 2013, HIAM Health - a project that supports malnourished babies and their mothers in Timor Leste – received a donation of $10,000 from the AustCham Community Fund to purchase a new vehicle for its ‘Gardens for Nutrition Program’, which now has some 20 community gardens operating in villages across the nation.

The donation to HIAM Health is part of the community fund’s ongoing support for The Chain Reaction Project (TCRP) – a nonprofit organisation established in 2009 by four Singaporean women, which offers adventure experiences that support organisations working locally to alleviate poverty. TCRP organises group activities, such as marathons in Dili and Siem Reap and mountain climbs at Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mount Apo in the Philippines. Participants raise funds for the designated cause through personal sponsorships.

Chris Rand Memorial Cancer Fund

As part of the Community Fund, the Chris Rand Memorial Cancer Fund was established in 2006, in memory of Chris Rand a long serving member of the AustCham committee who died of cancer. This fund donates to a cancer cause each year, focusing on research and helping those who cannot afford treatment. In 2012/2013 AustCham donated $2000 to the Singapore Cancer Council AustCham and in 2013 contributed $2000 to the Kick Sarcoma Charity Event organised by the Sarah-Grace Sarcoma Foundation and also.