09 Jul 2016

Closing Address by Mr K Barathan, CEO, SINDA at The Volunteers’ Recognition Ceremony on 9 July 2016 at The Royal Palm


Guest of Honour, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister,
Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies and Chairman, SINDA
Ms Indranee Thurai Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance, and
President of SINDA
Members of SINDA Board of Trustees and Executive Committee
Volunteers, Community Leaders, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and
A very good morning to one and all.


We saw a tremendous video earlier—one that I trust pulled at our heartstrings, and showed the immense benefit of the work that we do. We are in the business of uplifting the community, of giving hope when none exists and of lighting the path for our fellowmen, when their world is engulfed in darkness. And you, our volunteers, enable us to do this work successfully and with impact. As CEO of SINDA, I acknowledge and commend you, the volunteers, who have contributed over the years towards the Indian community and SINDA since its inception.



SINDA organises a range of programmes and services for everyone in the community and we continually strive to meet the needs of the community as a whole. I am confident that our programmes—with heavy emphasis on quality—have enriched individuals, nurtured youths and families and have uplifted the community towards greater achievements. All in, we reach close to 20,000 members of the Indian community. We want to continue serving the community and we want to do more and we want to do it better. When we work together, we can reach out to many more amongst us who need the support and helping hand.



Today, we pay tribute to you—our volunteers. You have selflessly volunteered your time and resources to help run SINDA’s programmes and helped us achieve our vison and mission for the Indian community. Many of such programmes and outreach would not be possible without passion and commitment. We have about 650 active volunteers with us—many of them long-term and programme-related volunteers, student and youth mentors, parent volunteers, and key community leaders who sit in our committees and board and serve as our advisors. All of you make time despite your own commitments and full schedules, to give back to the community; you transcend the boundaries of age and race to do so. I am heartened that you take the time to join us in our efforts and your presence gives greater meaning to our work.



To meet the needs of our community, we are constantly exploring new and better ways, to ensure that our volunteers have a positive and rich experience with us, and continue to work with our community.

I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage you to continue contributing and sharing your expertise, experiences and resources with us. Volunteering as a family can also be a great way to bond and learn more about our family members. So I strongly encourage you to involve your family members—children and parents—to join us in our endeavours. I truly believe that everyone has something special to offer and this would be a great opportunity. I look forward to seeing more of you and working together towards more positive outcomes for the community as a whole. Once again, I would like to thank all our volunteers here today as well as those who are not here but have served over the years. On behalf of SINDA and the thousands of beneficiaries who have benefitted from your dedicated services, a big thank you to all of you.

Thank you and do enjoy the rest of the day