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Living before Leaving

A joint effort between the Lien Foundation, Singapore Hospice Council and adamsapple, “Departure” is a photo diary project involving four professional photographers who captured the final journeys of eight hospice patients.

•    Yahoo – 29 November 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 28 November 2010
•    The Straits Times – 27 November 2010
•    The Business Times – 27 November 2010

The photo diary website can be accessed here

Before I Die

Shaking off the taboo of talking about death, Singapore celebrities Adrian Pang, Anita Kapoor and Pam Oei each reveal for the first time, their wish list of the things they want to do before they die. Their two-minute video is a curtain raiser to the launch of “Death Flicks”, an online filmic showcase of short films and clips on death and dying. Death Flicks is part of the Lien Foundation’s Life Before Death initiative.

•    Razor TV – 1 December 2010
•    Today – 17 November 2010
•    Shin Min Daily News – 16 Nov 2010
•    Yahoo! News Blog – 16 November 2010

Happy Coffins Celebrate Life

Happy Coffins is part of the Lien Foundation’s Life Before Death initiative to overturn the stigma of death, and transform the coffin from a symbol of fear, dread and grief into a positive and life-affirming expression of art.

Three elderly residents from a nursing home in Singapore had their coffins personalised and designed by professional designers commissioned by the Foundation. In addition, the Foundation invited artists and designers from different parts of the world to submit their “out-of-the-box” interpretations of what a Happy Coffin should be.

The Happy Coffins project has captured the imagination of prominent international media like Fox News, AOL News, Time and news wires like AFP. Bermama and dpa German Press Agency. It was also picked up and featured on portals and media like Yahoo, Sky News and MX in Australia, Taipei Times and China News Press in Taiwan and China.

•    Lianhe Zaobao – 29 September 2010
•    The Straits Times – 29 September 2010
•    My Paper – 29 September 2010
•    The Business Times – 29 September 2010
•    Lianhe Wanbao – 28 September 2010

The media listing for Happy Coffins can be accessed here

Winning environmental ideas

Started in 2008, the Lien Challenge is a joint initiative between the Lien Foundation and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to create innovative environmental solutions for China. The Challenge involves senior Chinese officials enrolled in NTU’s highly-regarded master of Science in Managerial Economics and Master of Public Administration programmes. To win the Lien Challenge, they compete to come up with the best solutions to deal with China’s water and sanitation issues.

The winner of the inaugural Challenge, Mr Ma Bo and team, created an artificially enhanced wetland in Yuanshan village in Sichuan province that could turn sewage into irrigation water for agriculture and fish farming. The team is now planning to replicate that successful feat for the earthquake affected Sanjiang village along the Min River in the same province.

•    The Straits Times – 23 September 2010

Suzhou tops the Lien Public Service Excellence Index

Commissioned by the Lien Foundation, the Lien Public Service Excellence Index for Chinese Cities was released in September 2010. It placed the city of Suzhou as number one. The Index, which ranks the quality of public service across 32 major Chinese cities, is a joint research project between NTU’s Nanyang Centre for Public Administration and the School of Public Affairs in Xiamen University.

The news about the Index was extensively covered in the Chinese media, as well as local media.

Singapore:
•    The Straits Times – 20 September 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 20 September 2010
•    The New Paper – 20 September 2010
•    Capital 958 – 20 September 2010
•    Omy.sg – 20 September 2010
•    Channel NewsAsia – 19 September 2010

China:
•    Nanfang Daily – 20 September 2010
•    Yangcheng Wanbao – 20 September 2010
•    Suzhou Daily – 20 September 2010
•    Guangdong China News – 20 September 2010
•    South China Morning Post – 20 September 2010
•    Xinhua News – 20 September 2010
•    Jiangmen Daily News – 20 September 2010
•    Qinghai News – 20 September 2010
•    China Daily – 20 September 2010
•    China.com.cn – 20 September 2010
•    ifeng.com – 20 September 2010
•    Hangzhou.com.cn – 20 September 2010
•    Huaxia.com – 20 September 2010
•    Rednet.cn – 20 September 2010

Taiwan:
•    Central Daily News – 23 September 2010

First-ever Global Quality of Death Index captures worldwide attention

Commissioned by the Lien Foundation and conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the inaugural global index ranked the provision of end-of-life care across 40 countries. The release garnered spots in top tier global media like the BBC, MSNBC.com, CNN.com, WSJ.com and the Economist, and was carried in wires such as the AFP, Reuters, Bloomberg, Xinhua, Kyodo News and dpa German Press Agency.

National newspapers of several countries – Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, India, Thailand, U.S., U.K., Ireland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand carried news of the study. The findings of the Index made it to prestigious medical journals such as The Lancet and the British Medical Journal, and also attracted attention on bloggersphere.

•    The Straits Times – 17 July 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 16 July 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 15 July 2010
•    The Straits Times – 15 July 2010
•    My Paper – 15 July 2010
•    The Business Times – 15 July 2010
•    Lianhe Wanbao – 14 July 2010
•    Shin Min Daily News – 14 July 2010

The media listings of the Index can be accessed here.

Radical Philanthropy that goes beyond traditional giving

The Foundation’s spirit of radical philanthropy found its way into the headlines – as its unconventional way of giving and doing good shows up in recent stories by the Singapore media and global newswire, AFP.

•    The Straits Times – 5 January 2011
•    The Business Times – 18 August 2010
•    ChannelNewsAsia.com – 16 August 2010
•    China Daily – 16 August 2010
•    The Malay Mail – 16 August 2010
•    AFP – 15 August 2010
•    France 24 – 15 August 2010
•    The Straits Times – 15 August 2010
•    The Business Times – 14 August 2010
•    The Business Times – 7 August 2010
•    The Straits Times – 6 March 2010
•    The Business Times – 6 March 2010
•    TODAY – 6 March 2010

Mission: I’m Possible Makes Learning Possible

The Lien Foundation, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Department of Child Development and PAP Community Foundation successfully pilot programme to provide specialist support to preschoolers in 22 PCF centres. The project, Mission: I’mPossible, makes the first proactive programme to screen, diagnose and help preschoolers with mild developmental needs.

•    The Straits Times – 7 July 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 7 July 2010
•    The New Paper – 7 July 2010
•    Lianhe Wanbao – 6 July 2010
•    938 Live – 6 July 2010
•    Capital 95.8 Radio – 6 July 2010
•    Tamil News Radio – 6 July 2010
•    Channelnewsasia.com – 6 July 2010

Preschools to Soar on the Cloud

The Lien Foundation and Salesforce.com Foundation announced a USD$2 million joint philanthropic initiative to transform Singapore’s non-profit preschool sector. This move will let 60 preschools tap on the power of cloud computing to enhance their productivity and professional image.

•    The Straits Times – 25 May 2010
•    The Business Times – 25 May 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 25 May 2010
•    My Paper – 25 May 2010
•    Human Resources Online – 25 May 2010
•    Channel NewsAsia – 24 May 2010
•    Channel 8 News – 24 May 2010
•    Suria News – 24 May 2010
•    Channel 95.8 – 24 May 2010

Environmental Endeavour Phase 2

The Lien Foundation and the Nanyang Technological University has launched the second wave of their joint Environmental Endeavour with new funds of $12m from the Foundation and a new environmental fellowship programme. Since its inception in 2006, the Endeavour has initiated 38 projects across six countries and touched over 200,000 lives. The Endeavour aims to bring clean water and sanitation to one million people by 2013, working through its international development NGO, Lien Aid and key partners.

•    The Business Times – 3 April 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 3 April 2010
•    The Straits Times, Saturday Special Feature – 27 March 2010
•    The Straits Times Blogs – 27 March 2010
•    Capital 95.8 – 26 March 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 21 March 2010

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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.