(From left) Laurence Lien (Chairman CFS), Catherine Loh (CEO CFS), Melissa Kwee (CEO NVPC), Mildred Tan (Chairman NVPC)

(From left) Mr and Mrs Henry Chia, Catherine Loh and Grace Lee

CFS Chairman Laurence Lien taking the stage in his welcome address.

In his speech, CFS Chairman Laurence Lien emphasised the need to build deeper collaborations and stronger partnerships to make greater collective impact.

Mr and Mrs Yeo Keng Joon

(From left) Leonardo Drago, Anthonia Hui, Laurence Lien and Justina Tan

(Standing from left) George Jacob, Ang Kian Peng, Victor Pok, Felicia Wee, Joyce Teo, (seated from left) Lucy Chee, Fong Cheng Hong and Krystal Loh

Mildred Tan and Yu-Foo Yee Shoon

This year, CFS’s annual appreciation lunch was held on 8 February at the Regent Singapore. Some 120 guests attended the event which is CFS’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to our donors, charities and partners for their unwavering support. True to the spirit of celebrations, there were happy handshakes, endless conversations and a festive, convivial atmosphere all around. Donors met charity partners, old friends made new friends.

National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) joined CFS as co-host this year as we launched Colabs – a learning network that brings together different stakeholders in the giving system to enable greater and deeper social impact. Chairpersons Laurence Lien and Mildred Tan and CEOs Catherine Loh and Melissa Kwee of CFS and NVPC respectively put their collective signatures on the Colabs board to kickstart this exciting initiative. It is hoped that more signatures will be gathered as we embark on this collaborative journey.

As CFS CEO Catherine Loh said in her thank you speech, it is through the many collaborations between donors and partners that CFS has been able to enable so many impactful programmes through the years. We certainly look forward to many more ahead.