PCF Reaffirms Commitment to Community, More Places for Preschool Children in the Next Five Years

Singapore, 9 September 2018 – PAP Community Foundation celebrated its annual Family Day, with about 10,000 staff and their families at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.

Themed “Communities in Harmony”, the event saw participation by children and families from over 360 PCF Sparkletots preschools island-wide and seniors from PCF Sparkle Care @ Yew Tee.

Guest-of-Honour, Prime Minister and Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party, Mr Lee Hsien Loong was joined by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and Ministry of Health, and the Chairperson of the PCF Family Day 2018 Organising Committee and PAP Social and Recreation Committee; Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance, and PCF Council Chairman and Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong and present and former Members of Parliament. They interacted with the guests and enjoyed a guided tour of the Gardens by the Bay.

PCF Chief Executive Officer, Mr Victor Bay shared, “The theme for PCF Family Day 2018 reflects PCF’s commitment in nurturing a supportive and inclusive society in Singapore. At PCF, we believe that families are the building blocks of a strong community and nation. In the next few years, PCF is expanding our capacity in the early years and senior care. We are also creating more opportunities for the young to build stronger bonds with our seniors by organising intergenerational activities at both PCF Sparkletots and PCF Sparkle Care. Looking ahead, PCF will continue to provide the necessary support for all families, to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life and that our seniors will be able to age well and live fulfilling lives.”

As the largest preschool operator and employer in Singapore, PCF Sparkletots has created close to 10,000 places for children in the last three years. Moving forward, PCF Sparkletots will continue to provide quality and accessible preschool services by creating more places for preschool children in the next five years. PCF will also open 2 more PCF Sparkle Care Centres by mid-2019, bringing the total number of senior care centres to five.

Through its fundraising efforts and support of charities and organizations over the years, PCF has touched the lives of countless beneficiaries and families. This year, $666,000 was raised by PAP Members of Parliament. The amount raised will benefit 21 charities and causes (kindly refer to Annex A for more information).