On 27 January 2021, Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA) and the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach—a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance—held an Appreciation Event to thank our partners, donors and volunteers. About 50 partners, donors and volunteers attended the event, while many others joined us online via Zoom and Facebook Live.
The appreciation ceremony was organised to express our deep gratitude to HIA’s key partners, donors, and volunteers, who have played a vital role in all of our efforts to provide holistic care for the vulnerable communities, especially the guest workers who have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 situation during the circuit breaker in 2020.
Because of their generous contributions and effort, we were able to distribute a total of 1,027,505 care meals and more than 1.2 million essential items, to more than 21,000 guest workers in about 300 dormitories. We definitely would not have achieved that milestone without their great support.
The Guest of Honour, Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Senior Minister of State for Defence and Manpower, handed out tokens of appreciation consisting of certificates and plaques to our partners, donors and volunteers. In his speech, Mr Mohamad lauded the good work done by HIA and its team of volunteers and partners, and stressed the importance of religious harmony, which HIA actively promotes.
In his thank you speech, President of HIA, Rev Ezekiel Tan said, “On behalf of our tens of thousands of beneficiaries, I would like to convey our most heartfelt thanks to every partner, donor and volunteer present here tonight, as well as those watching online. Thank you for all your giving and sacrifices. We truly value every dollar donated, every minute spent and every ounce of energy devoted to improving the lives of the less fortunate. Without you, HIA would not have been able to accomplish all that we have done in 2020. As the Holy Book says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. I pray you would surely receive greater blessings in the coming years. We look forward to many more opportunities to partner with you as we join hands to uplift the lives of the needy and destitute in the year ahead and many years down the road.” We would like to thank every partner, donor and volunteer who has given so generously of their time, resources and energy; your contributions have been invaluable. If you are looking to donate, partner or volunteer with us, head over to https://www.hia.sg/support-us.