Obama to speak at S'pore charity gala to raise up to S$5 million for 4 S'pore charities

Yes, he can.

Martino Tan | October 23, 2019, 03:35 PM

Updated as of Dec, 4.

The Obamas are stopping by the Singapore Expo in December 2019 to deliver talks for an hour about their time at the White House, as well as give their views on the world.

Giving back to the community first

What we do not know is that the 44th United States president will be speaking at a Singapore charity gala two days before his money-making speech.

On Dec. 14, 2019, the former community organiser will raise funds for four Singapore charities that support education and training for marginalised women and children from disadvantaged families.

Some S$5 million is expected to be raised.

The event is an inaugural Education Benefit Gala by Novena Global Lifecare, a subsidiary of the Dorr Group, to commemorate the company’s 10th anniversary.

The highlight of the evening will be a moderated conversation with Obama.

The dinner, held at Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore, will be curated by not one, but four renowned Michelin star chefs.

The four chefs are Tetsuya Wakuda, Sebastien Lepinoy, Cheung Siu Kong and Beppe De Vito.

The four beneficiaries

The funds raised by Obama will go to the following beneficiaries:

1) Dreams Institute (South Central Community Family Service Center):

Dreams Institute aims to empower young persons from low-income households to break out of the entrapment of poverty, "if they dare to dream". The institute' initiatives include bond-free scholarships as well as residential accommodation.

2) SCWO (Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations) Service Fund:

The fund aids marginalised women in need through counselling, financial assistance and legal advice. It also supports Star Shelter, which provides safe temporary refuge for women and their children who are victims of family violence regardless of race, language, creed or religion.

3) Daughters Of Tomorrow (DOT):

The charity supports and complements existing training and workforce-related agencies by connecting volunteers and community resources to help underprivileged women. DOT runs educational programmes to give women the tools to build and sustain financially independent and resilient families.

4) PPIS:

PPIS provides holistic support for Muslim women and their families with a comprehensive range of training programs and consultancy services, from one-day educational courses to large scale learning and networking events.

In case you are not invited for the gala dinner, you can still go to Singapore Expo on Dec. 16, pay for the tickets and hear him speak.

Or find out where the Obamas will be chilling in Singapore on Dec. 15.

Top photo from Getty Images.