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Winning Ideas

•    The Straits Times, Saturday Special Feature – 24 October 2009

The inaugural Lien i3 Challenge, a competition to spur innovative social projects in Asia, drew more than 600 entries globally. The eight winners were unveiled at the Social iCon, an international social innovation conference showcasing new ideas. The awards and conference were organised by the Lien Centre for Social Innovation which is a partnership between the Foundation and the Singapore Management University.

“Palms up” to e-Mobile Learning Tool for Nurses

•    Straits Times, Saturday Special Feature – 17 October 2009

Conceived by the Foundaiton in 2007, Ngee Ann Polytechnic Augmented Learning Media (also known as NPalm) armed nursing students and staff from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Health Sciences with PDAs as their key learning tool. This inaugural project has since grown to be one of the largest mobile projects of its kind in Singapore.

Lien Fellows from Singapore Appointed

•    Lianhe Zaobao – 19 November 2009
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 17 September 2009

Three senior government officials from Singapore and four senior officials from China have been selected as the 2009 recipients of the prestigious Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship, a joint initiative by the Lien Foundation and Nanyang Technological University. The Chinese fellows are the second batch to be appointed from China. This fellowship is established to strengthen ties and promote trust between Singapore and China by grooming established and emerging leaders from the two countries, giving them the opportunity to interact and develop professionally through intellectual, cultural and social exchange.

Top Honours for Thought-provoking Life Before Death Ads

•    The Straits Times – 10 August 2009
•    The Straits Times – 7 August 2009
•    The Business Times – 7 August 2009
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 7 August 2009
•    My Paper – 7 August 2009

The Foundation scooped the Grand Prix as well as the Gold for Best Press Ad Campaign (English) in the SPH Ink Awards 2009. The ads were produced by the Life Before Death 2008/09 campaign creative partner Ogilvy and Mather. An independent panel of 11 judges praised the campaign for the “dramatic use of copy-text to bring out the salient message of managing death.” The creative idea hinged on making death a real part of everyday life. The ads evoked emotions in readers with a disarmingly frank and conversational manner discussing ‘Death’.

Creating ‘Die-Logues’

•    The Business Times – 30 October 2009
•    The Straits Times – 10 October 2009
•    The Straits Times, Mind Your Body – 10 September 2009
•    NTUC Lifestyle, Feature Stories (4 monthly issues) – April to July 2009
•    NTUC 生活, Feature Stories (4 monthly issues) – April to July 2009
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 27 June 2009
•    TODAY – 18 May 2009
•    Berita Harian – 11 May 2009
•    TODAY – 5 May 2009
•    The Straits Times – 2 May 2009
•    The Straits Times, Mind Your Body (4 weekly issues) – 2-23 April 2009
•    My Paper – 21 April 2009
•    Lianhe Zaobao, Health 101 (6 weekly issues) – 15 March-19 April 2009
•    938 Live – 15 April 2009
•    The Straits Times – 14 April 2009
•    China Daily Website – 8 April 2009
•    Shin Min Daily, Caregivers’ Stories (5 stories) – 2-6 April 2009
•    The Straits Times, Saturday Special Feature – 4 April 2009
•    AsiaOne, Saturday Special Feature – 4 April 2009
•    The Straits Times Blogs – 4 April 2009
•    Weekend TODAY – 4 April 2009
•    The New Paper – 4 April 2009
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 4 April 2009
•    Suria News – 4 April 2009
•    Channel NewsAsia – 3 April 2009
•    Channel 8 News – 3 April 2009
•    Channel U News – 3 April 2009
•    Suria News – 3 April 2009
•    938 Live – 3 April 2009
•    Capital 958 – 3 April 2009
•    Yahoo News – 3 April 2009
•    Xinhuanet – 3 April 2009
•    The Sunday Times – 22 March 2009
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 22 March 2009
•    Shin Min Daily, Caregivers’ Booklet (8 parts) – 12-21 March 2009
•    The New Paper – 20 March 2009
•    Berita Harian – 15 March 2009
•    Weekend TODAY – 14 March 2009
•    Shin Min Daily – 13 March 2009
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 13 March 2009
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 8 March 2009

The Foundation fires its second salvo to break the conspiracy of silence surrounding death. Its Life Before Death 2008/09 campaign garners public participation and voices to spark ‘die-logues’ on death and dying well. The campaign seeks to open up meaningful conversations on this topic through documentaries, advertisements, radio shows, a dedicated website and a first-ever street poll on death attitudes in Singapore. Included in this initiatve are specially created ‘Legacy Albums’ that celebrate the lives of those with terminal or serious illnesses and a booklet for caregivers based on the true story of a caregiver.

Building on Basics

•    Lianhe Zaobao – 3 December 2009
•    The Straits Times – 29 August 2009
•    Focus, Channel 8 – 14 May 2009

Lien Aid and the Lien Institute for the Environment continues to improve water access and sanitation in Asia. These projects include technology transfer, capacity and infrastructure building to improve lives in earthquake-prone regions in China, as well as enabling villages in Cambodia to buy and build their own toilets through a market-based approach.

Philanthropy in Singapore – New Giving

•    The Straits Times – 16 December 2009
•    TODAY – 1 December 2009
•    My Paper – 1 December 2009
•    The Sunday Times – 9 August 2009
•    The Straits Times – 23 April 2009
•    The Business Times – 10 April 2009
•    The Straits Times – 13 March 09
•    The Straits Times – 6 March 2009
•    The Business Times – 6 March 2009
•    My Paper – 5 March 2009
•    Channel NewsAsia, Insight – 19 February 2009
•    The Straits Times – 2 February 2009
•    The Straits Times – 17 January 2009

The Foundation’s philanthropic efforts and its Governors are making headway in areas of education, eldercare and the environment.

Project IngoT Changing Hearts

•    The Straits Times – 19 August 2009
•    MIS Asia, Case Study – March 2009

Project IngoT (IT Stretching NGOs) was initiated to create a common IT platform for this sector, showing how IT can stretch capabilities, optimise resources, improve productivity, and raise patient care and corporate governance for NGOs to new levels.

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Launch of Lien Ying Chow Drive

The Straits Times – 30 December 2008
Lianhe Zaobao – 30 December 2008

A 600m section of Nanyang Drive located in NTU's campus has been renamed Lien Ying Chow Drive in honour of the late Dr Lien Ying Chow. This is in recognition of Dr Lien's past contributions and the strong ties NTU enjoys with the Lien Foundation.
 

Call for 'Die-Logues' by Life Before Death Campaign

The Business Times – 29 November 2008
Lianhe Zaobao – 24 November 2008
The New Paper, Forum – 22 November
Lianhe Wanbao – 21 November 2008
938 Live, Opinion – 21 November 2008
The Straits Times – 13 November 2008
Lianhe Zaobao – 13 November 2008
My Paper – 13 November 2008
Lianhe Wanbao – 12 November 2008
Shin Min Daily – 12 November 2008
The New Paper, Forum – 12 November 2008
Channel NewsAsia, Singapore Tonight – 12 November 2008
Channel 8 News – 12 November 2008
Channel 5 News – 12 November 2008
Channel U News – 12 November 2008
938 Live – 12 November 2008
Capital 958 – 12 November 2008
AsiaOne – 12 November 2008
Lianhe Wanbao – 11 November 2008
The New Paper – 3 November 2008
My Paper – 3 November 2008
Lianhe Zaobao – 2 November 2008
The Straits Times – 31 October 2008
Tamil Murasu – 31 October 2008
TODAY – 31 October 2008
Shin Min Daily – 30 October 2008
938 Live – 30 October 2008
Capital 958 – 30 October 2008

The Foundation fires its second salvo to break the conspiracy of silence surrounding death. Its Life Before Death 2008/09 campaign garners public participation and voices to spark ‘die-logues’ on death and dying well. The campaign seeks to open up meaningful conversations on this topic through documentaries, advertisements, radio shows, a dedicated website and a first-ever street poll on death attitudes in Singapore. Included in this initiative are specially created ‘Legacy Albums’ that celebrate the lives of those with terminal or serious illnesses and a booklet for caregivers based on the true story of a caregiver.

A New Focus on Palliative Care

•    Medical Tribune – December 2008
•    The Straits Times – 15 October 2008
•    The Business Times – 15 October 2008
•    TODAY – 15 October 2008
•    938 Live – 14 October 2008

In a boost for the care for the terminally ill, the Lien Centre for Palliative Care – Asia’s first palliative care research and training centre – was officially opened on 14 October by Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan. He announced plans to give more attention and resources to end-of-life issues, such as expanding hospice care facilities and services and increasing funding. More training will also be extended so that more doctors and nurses can specialise in palliative care.

Project IngoT Wins IT Awards

•    Network World Asia – 3 November 2008
•    The Business Times – 15 October 2008
•    MIS Asia, Feature – July 2008
•    Computerworld Singapore – 29 April 2008

For its efforts in elevating the use of IT in the non-government organisation sector, the Lien Foundation was recognised with the Best Change Management (Private) Award in the regional MIS Asia IT Excellence Awards 2008 for Project IngoT – a holistic enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution custom-designed for NGOs to improve organisational performance. The MIS Asia IT Excellence award is the only accolade that specifically recognises organisations for efforts to attain management excellence, business value and goals with IT. In the biennial National Infocomm Awards 2008, the Foundation was amongst the top 3 for most innovative use of IT in the private sector. Rolled out in 2007, Project IngoT was initiated to show how ‘IT can stretch the capabilities and potential of NGOs’ and optimise resources, improve productivity, and raise patient care and corporate governance for NGOs to new levels.

Stemming the Scourge of Dementia

•    The Straits Times – 27 September 2008

There are an estimated 25,000 dementia patients in Singapore here, but an ageing society could mean that numbers could rise to 45,000 in 2020. To alleviate some of the burden on caregivers, and attempt to delay the onset of dementia with early diagnosis and intervention, the Lien Foundation has implemented a new model of eldercare at the Salvation Army’s Bedok Multiservice Centre for Elderly and Bedok Rehabilitation Centre. The integrated Eldercare Services introduces case management into an eldercare centre to manage the social, medical, and well-being of the elderly while they are still relatively ambulant to stave off the dementia epidemic. 

Building on Basics

•    Pulses - July 2008
•    938 Live - 9 July 2008
•    938 Living Room- 12 May 2008
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 22 March 2008

Lien Aid and the Lien Institute for the Environment (LIFE) continues to improve water access and sanitation in Asia via technology transfer, capacity and infrastructure building.

Students Scoop Water Prize

•    Tamil Murasu – 12 June 2008
•    The Straits Times – 10 June 2008
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 10 June 2008
•    93.8 Live – 10 June 2008
•    Capital 95.8 – 10 June 2008
•    Warna 94.2 – 10 June 2008
•    Oli 96.8 – 10 June 2008
•    Channel NewsAsia – 9 June 2008
•    Channel 8 News – 9 June 2008
•    Suria News – 9 June 2008

NUS High School of Mathematics and Science won the inaugural Singapore Junior Water Prize with a water desalination device inspired by nature. The simple device, which resembles the jellyfish-like Portuguese man-of-war, will be Singapore's entry to the prestigious Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition in August.

Inaugural Batch of Lien Fellows from China Appointed

The Straits Times – 1 May 2008
Lianhe Zaobao – 1 May 2008

Four senior government officials from China have been selected as inaugural recipients of the prestigious Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship, a joint initiative by the Lien Foundation and Nanyang Technological University. The fellowship is established to strengthen ties and promote trust between Singapore and China through intellectual, cultural and social exchange. The programme is targeted at high-profile senior government officials and established professionals and academics from Singapore and China who can make an impact on policy issues in their respective fields.

Addressing Environmental Woes in China

•    The Straits Times – 24 April 2008
•    Channel NewsAsia – 24 April 2008

The Lien Foundation and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have established the Lien Challenge – a competition that encourages innovative environmental solutions for China. The Challenge will involve senior Chinese officials who have enrolled in NTU's highly-regarded Master of Science in Managerial Economics and Master of Public Adminstration programmes. They will compete to come up with the best solutions to deal with China's water and sanitation issues.

No Child Left Behind

•    Berita Harian – 21 June 2008
•    Channel NewsAsia – 30 March 2008
•    Berita Harian – 30 March 2008
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 30 March 2008
•    Yahoo News – 30 March 2008
•    Suria News – 29 March 2008
•    Warna 94.2 – 29 March 2008
•    The Straits Times – 13 September 2008
•    Lianhe Wanbao – 28 August 2008
•    INSIDE (Duke University Medical Center & Health System) – 5 May 2008
•    The Chronicle – 4 April 2008
•    The Straits Times – 19 March 2008
•    The Business Times – 19 March 2008
•    Lianhe Zhaobao – 19 March 2008
•    TODAY – 19 March 2008
•    The New Paper – 19 March 2008
•    NUS News Hub – 19 March 2008
•    NUS Knowledge Enterprise – 19 March 2008
•    Trends News – 19 March 2008
•    Earth Times – 19 March 2008
•    938 Live News – 19 March 2008
•    938 Live News -– 18 March 2008
•    Channel NewsAsia – 18 March 2008

Needy pre-schoolers and their families from the Young Women Muslim Association's Early Childhood Education Centres get a boost from a new initiative by the Foundation to empower low income families. The inaugural LIFE (Low Income Families Empowerment) fund will provide financial aid to needy parents who stay committed to being employed and gaining parenting skills. The Foundation also help fund the refurbishment of Bukit Batok education centre that boasted the new addition of Singapore's first road safety park for pre-schoolers.

Advancing the Care for the Dying

Asia now has a new centre to research and train professionals in the care for the dying. The Lien Centre for Palliative Care is a joint effort by the Lien Foundation, DUKE-NUS Graduate Medical School, National Cancer Centre and Singhealth. The Centre aims to be the thought leader for palliative care in Singapore and the region.