Academically talented students from South Africa MAD CHARITY™, ICMIF’s official 2013 conference charity, to benefit from access to enhanced learning
NTUC Income, Singapore, has joined ICMIF and other ICMIF member organizations in making a charitable contribution to academically talented children from less fortunate homes in South Africa. The initiative coincided with the ICMIF Biennial Conference 2013 which took place in South Africa from 6 to 8 November and is driven in collaboration with local charity organization, MAD CHARITY™ (Make A Difference).
A 37-year member of ICMIF, NTUC Income is extending support to MAD CHARITY™ through OrangeAid, its main corporate social responsibility programme, and will sponsor 20 laptops for MAD learners. MAD CHARITY’s focus mirrors NTUC Income’s belief that all children and youth should be given the opportunity to maximise their potential in spite of their background.
NTUC Enterprise Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Suee Chieh said, “We live in a global and interconnected world, and as part of its affiliation with ICMIF, NTUC Income is happy to lend its support to MAD CHARITY™. Like NTUC Income, MAD CHARITY™ is helping to equalise opportunities for children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds and make a meaningful impact at different stages of their lives.”
MAD CHARITY™ Founding Chairman Francois Pienaar, the legendary and inspirational Springboks captain who led South Africa to Rugby World Cup triumph in 1995, established MAD CHARITY™ with a group of friends with the aim of empowering youths from disadvantaged background to pursue their dreams.
Mr Pienaar, who welcomed NTUC Income’s support, said, “MAD CHARITY™ is privileged to have been selected as ICMIF’s official 2013 conference charity and to be the resulting beneficiary of NTUC Income’s laptop sponsorship. MAD CHARITY™ and NTUC Income have a common perspective that every child deserves to realise his or her full potential. By providing MAD learners with laptops, NTUC Income equips them with a very important educational tool in their academic pursuit. A laptop is quite a standard tool for most children in developed countries but for these kids who come from underprivileged homes, these 20 laptops will help them make a big leap forward in their learning journeys.”
The ICMIF Biennial Conference 2013 took place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 6-8 November 2013 with over 300 delegates.
Donations from ICMIF members are still being received and a full news update will follow on the total raised with details of more of the sponsors and those who donated to the charity. Both ICMIF and MAD CHARITY™ are hugely grateful for the incredible support received from member organizations and Conference delegates.