The SG50 Diplomatic Charity Bazaar was inaugurated by H.E. Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore Minister of Foreign Affairs. Approximately 2,000 visitors were entertained by more than 15 cultural performances and 40 stalls which showcased various traditional cuisine and cultural handicrafts. It was a very exciting moment to experience “The World in One Afternoon”.
The cheques of the net proceeds have been presented to the representatives of the Straits Times Pocket Money Fund and Singapore Children’s Society, on Friday, January 15th, 2016 at 10 am at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia. Each charity beneficiary received S$35,000 respectively.
The cheques were presented by the Dean of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps in Singapore, Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Republic of Singapore, H.E. Luis Fernando Serra accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore, Mr. Chee Wee Kiong; and in the presence of fellow members of the Working Group for Organising Committee, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Dr. Andri Hadi; Ambassador of the Republic of Chile, H.E. James Sinclair Manley; as well as Head of participating missions or its representatives, among others: Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica, H.E. Jairo Hernandez; Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand, H.E. Bansarn Bunnag; Charge d’Affaires e.p. of the Embassy of the Republic of Colombia, Mr. Mauricio Baquero; representative for the High Commission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; Counsellor Samia Halim; Honorary Consul General of Greece, Mr. Andreas Goros; and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Uganda, Capt. Beh Hwang Chwee.
Quotes from the Organising Committee:
“The Charity bazaar was possible thanks to the working committee spearheaded by Ambassador Andri Hadi, 12 people were involved in the preparation of this charity bazaar from Indonesias’s side. Without the Indonesian Embassy this event wouldn’t have been possible.“ Dean of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps in Singapore, Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Republic of Singapore, H.E. Luis Fernando Serra.
“We are very happy to do this Charity bazaar as this is the first time such an event has taken place, and I am very honoured to be the Chairman of the Working Committee. This is a very big collaboration between the Diplomatic Community and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore. We are very happy we can contribute towards a noble cause towards children in need and especially be a part of the SG50 commmeration.“ H.E. Dr. Andri Hadi, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia.
“This was a great opportunity for us as a Diplomatic Community to join forces and work together for a noble cause.” H.E. James Sinclair Manley, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile.