President Halimah Yacob celebrated her first Chinese New Year as president at the Istana Open House on Saturday, 17 February. She launched the President's Challenge Memorabilia, which are tokens of appreciation in return for donations to the President's Challenge. The gifts were designed by beneficiaries from President's Challenge, Social Enterprises and Voluntary Welfare Organisations.
The President’s Challenge has set aside $10 million over the next five years for a new “Empowering for Life Fund” to empower vulnerable groups. The new President’s Challenge Empowering for Life Fund will fund programmes to help the less fortunate, in the areas of skills upgrading, capacity-building and employment. It will focus on supporting customised, dedicated services to the most vulnerable groups, and facilitate their integration into society.
President Halimah Yacob launched a new initiative at the Istana: the Volunteer Gardeners@Istana. The Volunteer Gardeners@Istana programme will provide opportunities to the gardening community to come together and share their skills and knowledge in the maintenance of the greenery and landscapes in the Istana domain. The programme is part of President’s effort to make the Istana more accessible to the community.
President Halimah Yacob delivered a keynote speech at the first National Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles Convention. She called for Singaporeans of all races and religions to reach out to each other to forge a spirit of mutual respect.
President Halimah Yacob delivered a speech and launched the RSAF50 Celebrations at the Singapore Airshow 2018. She congratulated the RSAF on its success and achievements over the past 50 years and is condifent that the RSAF will continue to keep Singapore safe and secure.