Win Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 Coupé by donating to charity

This charity is featured in Straits Times and the New Paper. Basically, you buy a $20 ticket (comes with T-shirt) which will go to a charity of your choice. The main point is that there is a chance to win a Mercedes-Benz. Most youngsters in Singapore can’t afford a car, not to mention a Mercedes, so this is a great prize. (If you don’t drive, you can sell the car.) Also, foreigners (excluding US citizens) can take part (see their FAQ for more details)

Currently, there are only 577 tickets purchased, so your chance of winning is 1/577 which is quite high compared to other lotteries like 4D or Toto. The draw date is 02 Nov 2018, which is quite close. They will apparently go ahead with the draw even if their target number of tickets (50000) is not met.

To take part, go to their official website at: https://www.given.company/.

Please use this referral code RGNTSAWS when signing up. Thanks!

SOSD Flag Day (Help Stray Dogs)

If you are free do go support SOSD in their Flag day!

Sign up here: https://sosd.org.sg/?post_type=dd_events&p=11275

FLAG DAY 2018! FLAG COLLECTORS NEEDED!

DATE: 04 MARCH 2018 SUNDAY
VENUE: YOUTH PARK
TIME: 9am to 6pm

In a few months, we will be moving to our new shelter, and we wanted to begin this new chapter, with a very special Flag Day for 2018 – for the first time, we will be organising a combined Flag Day for SOSD , Animal Lovers League – ALL Authorized Page, and Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter – OSCAS

If you wish do you your part on 4 Mar 2018, do sign up as a Flag Collector, or join us at the event!
https://sosdflagday2018.eventbrite.com

We will be bringing 40 to 50 dogs.You will find HDB-Approved dogs, young puppies, and adult dogs!

Donate to help Stray Dogs in Singapore

URL: https://give.asia/movement/run_for_exclusively_mongrels

3 Singaporeans – Dr Gan, A Dentist, Dr Herman, A Doctor, and Mr Ariffin, a Law Undergraduate will be taking on the Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon on Feb 18th 2017 to raise 30k for Exclusively Mongrels Ltd; a welfare group set up for Mongrels in Singapore. (https://www.facebook.com/exclusivelymongrels/)

Do support them in their cause, if you can. And share this story so as to spread the word (maintenance and upkeep of the dogs can be a huge cost). Mongrels are actually highly intelligent, and can be more healthy and robust as compared to pedigrees, which may have hereditary diseases. For example, the popular Golden Retriever breed is prone to hip dysplasia.

A story told by Dr Gan summarizes everything — The state and welfare of stray dogs in Singapore, supposedly a first-world country, is actually worse than jungle dogs in Borneo. The Orang Asli, primitive junglers in Sabah, apparently treat dogs better than the average layperson in Singapore:

When Dr Gan, an EM member, was running through the trails of Sabah in Oct 2016, he stumbled upon a stray dog.

Being an avid dog lover and the proud father to three rescued Mongrels, he had to stop in his tracks. He fed the dog and it even ran alongside him for a mile or two. Further along the route, he encountered more stray dogs too.

All of the stray dogs he encountered seemed well-fed and were very approachable. They all displayed no aggression, despite being in the middle of a jungle. To Dr Gan, this was a tell-tale sign that the Orang Asli, who lived in villages in these jungles, took care of the dogs by feeding them. The fact that these Orang Aslis were living in harmony with these strays was indeed very commendable in his eyes.

These thoughts stuck with him throughout the run, and on the journey home too.

He couldn’t help but compare the Orang Asli’s hospitality to how a Singaporean layperson would react upon encountering a stray dog. More often than not, even in the absence of aggressive behaviour, a Singaporean who sees a stray dog would view it as no more than a pest and would either chase it away or even, call the authorities. As it so often is when the latter option is exercised, the authorities would have a hard time rehoming the dog and EM has to step in to ‘bail’ the dog out before the authorities euthanize it.

It is strange, he remarked, how the Orang Asli from the jungle can treat these strays with reverence while many Singaporeans would report a stray to the authorities without the slightest hesitation.

“Would the situation end up the same way if, instead of a stray mongrel, there was a stray pedigree dog?”

Armed with the notion that more needs to be done not just for these dogs but also to empower and educate the general public in Singapore about the plight of these strays and what can be done to help them, he then called on his two running buddies to undertake this journey with him.

It was going to be a journey that united his two passions – running and dogs; a journey back to the jungles where he first encountered the strays; back to where he first witnessed the hospitality of the Orang Asli; back to where where the spark was first ignited. He, and his Team, hope to bash through the jungles of Borneo, all in the hopes of blazing a new trail for Mongrels back home, in Singapore.

Donate to Singapore Charity @ Giving.sg

URL: https://www.giving.sg/

Just to introduce this website to readers who haven’t heard of it. Donations above $50 are tax deductible, and it also features ways to volunteer for the charity organisations. Do check it out!

Q: What is Giving.sg? (taken from their FAQ page)

A: Giving.sg is Singapore’s very own one-stop portal for empowering all of us on our Giving Journey, whether we are looking to help local non-profit organisations (NPOs) by giving our TIME, by general volunteering; our TALENT, by skills volunteering; or [our] TREASURE, by donations.

Giving.sg brings together its predecessors sggives.org and sgcares.org, both of which have helped raise over S$51 million for more than 350 [local] non-profits, as well as seen over 40,000 volunteers generously gift their time to these [local] non-profits.

News article featuring Giving.sg: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/online-platform-among-initiatives-to-promote-giving-in-singapore