Date/Time: 27 January 2023, Friday 5.30pm to 8.20pm
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre
The MSF Volunteer and Partner Awards (MVPA) recognises and honours the commitment and dedication of MSF’s volunteers and partners, who have served in various areas of the Ministry.
MVPA 2023 was held on 27 January 2023.
Mdm Sartha is presented with the highest accolade - the Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award, which recognises individuals who have made significant contributions over 30 years or more to better the lives of others.
Mdm Sartha is one of Singapore's longest-serving foster parents and has been one for over 45 years. She has provided care to 12 vulnerable children since 1976. Through Mdm Sartha's resilience and commitment, her foster children has the opportunity to experience the warmth and love of a family life and to thrive in a nurturing home environment.
The welfare of her foster children has always been at the back of her mind. Once, while on holiday, she called home every night to check on her foster children. Despite her advanced age and medical conditions, she is still caring for an ex-foster youth, even though he has already aged out of care. He has special needs and has lived with her ever since he was an infant. Mdm Sartha raised him as if he were her own, ensuring that his emotional, physical, psychological, cognitive, social and moral needs were met. She also fully supported him in pursuing his interest in sports. Under her care, her ex-foster youth developed well and competed successfully in local sports events.
Mdm Sartha's dedicated service as a foster mother was an inspiration to her own son, who was so moved by her love for children that he became a foster parent himself.
The MSF Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award recognises outstanding volunteers who have contributed to the causes of MSF for at least 30 years.
The MSF Outstanding Volunteer Award recognises individuals or groups of volunteers who have contributed significantly to various groups in the community served by MSF. The award winners are distinguished by their significant contributions in terms of time and effort spent.
The Friends of MSF Award is presented to individuals, volunteers or organisations who have made significant contributions to committees or projects under the purview of MSF for at least two years. This year, our winners contributed to a variety of MSF initiatives including ECDA’s KidSTART, Families for Life, Taskforce on Family Violence, the National Committee on Prevention, Rehabilitation and Recidivism, and the NCSS Board.
The MSF Community Cares Awards was introduced in 2019 to recognise and appreciate organisations and individuals who passionately drive social change, strive to do good for society, and in so doing, inspire those around them.
The MSF Long Service Award recognises individuals or organisations who have volunteered directly with MSF.
We are grateful for the support of many who have contributed their time and talent to organise this year’s MSF Volunteer and Partner Awards.
This year’s trophy is a replica of the “Circles of Life” sculpture, designed by Singapore’s very own award-winning sculptor, Mr Chua Boon Kee. The interlocking circles symbolise the importance of our community working together to foster a caring and inclusive society.
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