FairPrice Foundation today announced its donation of $300,000 to the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People (ACMI) to provide support and aid to migrant workers. The donation will be disbursed to ACMI through the Caritas Singapore Community Council (CSCC) and will go towards funding various activities including the provision of food and shelter, befriending, training, and legal aid.
ACMI, a non-profit organisation, was established in 1998. Its objective is to give migrants a sense of belonging and security through acts of compassion such as befriending, hospital visits, providing food and shelter. ACMI comprises local and foreign volunteers who act as guardians of foreign workers from the time they arrive in Singapore.
Mr Seah Kian Peng, Managing Director (Group Business), NTUC FairPrice, said, As part of an all inclusive labour movement caring for the welfare of all workers including foreign workers, we are happy to extend a helping hand to foreign workers who play an integral role in the development of our economy. This contribution by FairPrice Foundation will enhance the good work that ACMI has been doing to give foreign workers a sense of belonging and security.
Mrs Elizabeth Tan, Executive Director of ACMI, said: We welcome and appreciate FairPrice’s generosity in donating $300,000 in support of ACMI’s causes. With this donation, we will be able to reach out to many more migrant workers in need who will be most grateful for this great act of kindness from NTUC FairPrice. The fund will go towards supporting our feeding programs, skills and training centre, casework and befriending services.”
To mark this donation, NTUC FairPrice staff, including members of its executive management team, joined hands with volunteers of the ACMI Soup Kitchen to prepare and deliver food to construction workers at worksite.
Mr Seah added, “As a social enterprise, FairPrice aims to do well in order to do good for the community. I am happy that with the strong support of our customers, FairPrice has been able to do well over the years. As we continue to do well, we are also committed to do even more good by distributing more profits back to the community through the FairPrice Foundation.”
Since its launch in March last year, FairPrice Foundation has contributed $7.2 million to the community. This year, the foundation is committed to contribute at least 20 percent more to help the underprivileged.