SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 21 May 2020 – Tanoto Foundation, under the auspices of Asia
Philanthropy Circle (APC), has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) —
comprising 20,000 KN95 masks, 10,000 pairs of gloves and 1,000 face shields —
to HealthServe in support of their work to help the migrant worker community in
Singapore during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The gift is part
of a larger donation by members of APC, of which Tanoto Foundation is also a
member. The PPEs were today handed over to HealthServe in a virtual ceremony
held via Zoom.


This gift
follows the support provided to the community in Singapore by Tanoto Foundation
and RGE in March and
April. The previous efforts included donating 1,000,000 masks to the Courage
Fund, which is the National Council of Social Service fund-raising and
engagement arm of Community Chest created to provide relief and support to
those affected by the COVID-19 situation; and also providing more than 100
volunteers to support Temasek Foundation’s Project #BYOBClean campaign, which
distributed free hand sanitiser to Singaporean households. These activities are
part of the Foundation and RGE’s wider
in supporting governments, communities and healthcare
professionals in countries that include Indonesia, China, and Brazil.


Dr. Satrijo
Tanudjojo, Global CEO, Tanoto
, said: “The Tanoto Foundation recognises the efforts
of the Singapore government, non-profit organisations and the community in
fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, including the commitment to safeguarding the
health and welfare of Singapore’s migrant workers. Our PPE donation is made in
the same spirit as our other efforts in countries where we implement our
programmes. The Foundation may be known mostly for its initiatives in
accelerating human capital development, but in the face of a public health
crisis, we are equally committed to supporting communities and countries as
they remove the impediments to sustainable development.”

close-up of the donated face shields and KN95 masks — donations by Tanoto
Foundation to HealthServe in support of their work to help Singapore’s migrant
worker community.

Laurence Lien,
CEO, Asia
Philanthropy Circle
, said: “APC is pleased our members have stepped up to
answer the call to shore up our support system for Singapore and its migrant
worker community. The PPEs are very much welcome, and we hope the
factory-converted dormitories will be better resourced now.” 


Foundation is focused on improving lives through quality education and human
capital development. In Singapore, the Foundation not only sponsors university
scholarships, but also supports early childhood development and medical
research into diseases prevalent in Asia.


HealthServe, a
non-profit organisation that offers medical care, counselling, social
assistance and other support to migrant workers in Singapore, will provide the
PPEs to some of the 1,000-plus factory converted dormitories, which have higher
resident density and are less well-resourced than purpose-built dormitories.
The PPEs will be used to support its operations and migrant workers when
Singapore transitions out of its “circuit breaker” and into phases marked by
gradual easing of restrictions.


The Asia
Philanthropy Circle (APC) is a membership-based platform for philanthropists to
exchange, coordinate and collaborate, to advance a better Asia. Founded in 2015
by philanthropists for philanthropists, the mission is to accelerate private
action for the public good by addressing systemic challenges through
collaborative philanthropy. APC believes that strategic and engaged
philanthropists can be the change agents needed to address Asia’s social

PPEs were handed over to HealthServe yesterday in a
virtual ceremony via Zoom

About Tanoto Foundation

Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization founded by Sukanto
Tanoto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto based on the belief that every person should
have the opportunity to realize his or her full potential. Tanoto Foundation
programs stem from the belief that quality education accelerates equal
opportunity. We harness the transformative strength of education to realize
people’s full potential and improve lives. Tanoto Foundation focuses on making
an impact in three areas: improving learning environments, future leaders
development, as well as medical research and sciences.