Deloitte and Netball Singapore charity match to help fund school

04 September 2019 Consultancy.asia

Singapore non-profit AWWA will receive $10,000 toward the costs of a new school thanks to money raised through the charity netball tournament Deloitte Pesta Sukan 2019.

Netball Singapore’s annual netball carnival Deloitte Pesta Sukan has seen over 1,700 participants and volunteers gather across two weekends at the Kallang Netball Centre in Singapore, with more than 140 teams competing in six categories. The event raised $10,000 for social service organisation AWWA toward the building of new school for children with special needs, including a $6,900 donation from sponsor Deloitte and 25 percent of the tournament fees.

Into its second year of raising funds for AWWA, and as part of Deloitte’s ongoing partnership with Netball Singapore to develop the sport locally at both the grassroots and the highest level, the professional services firm pledged $300 for every goal scored during a Pesta Sukan Charity Exhibition Match which featured among others former and current national captains Micky Lin (a Deloitte alumna) and Charmaine Soh – currently a senior associate at Deloitte.

Altogether, 23 goals were scored during the match – raising the charitable total on the day to $10,000. Proceeds will contribute to establishing a new AWWA Special Education facility that will cater to 300 mostly autistic school-aged children, with S$1.2 million in funding required. “We thank the netball community, our partners and friends for their generous support towards our cause of helping AWWA in their efforts,” said Deloitte Singapore CEO Cheung Pui Yuen.Deloitte and Netball Singapore charity match to help fund school“I would like to thank Pui Yuen, the media and sport personalities, Deloitte, and the netball community for aiding our cause,” added Netball Singapore president Jessica Tan. “The Deloitte Pesta Sukan continues to be the biggest netball carnival in our calendar for the fourth year running. We are heartened to see the whole community come together to raise funds for AWWA, who provide so much in terms of education and support to the underprivileged.”

Cheung, who was elected to the top role at the end of last year, continued; “We are pleased to partner Netball Singapore for the fourth year. This partnership allows us to fulfil our global ambition, WorldClass – to impact 50 million people by 2030 through access to education, skills and opportunities.” As part of its support for Netball Singapore, Deloitte has been providing employment, education and internship opportunities for local senior and junior players.

In addition to Soh, who is fresh from the leading the national team at this year’s Netball World Cup in the UK, other internationally-capped netball players at Deloitte Singapore include Koh Kai Ling and Suhailah Kariman, as well as current player  Kimberly Lim, who led one of the charity exhibition teams opposite Soh. Other team-members included former badminton and current taekwondo champions Derek Wong and Chelsea Sim – also of Deloitte.

The concentration of top-line athletes at Deloitte is due to the firm’s Ignite initiative, which seeks to support national representatives across all sports juggle the demands of elite competition with professional development. “Athletes bring with them strong foundational skills including leadership, teamwork, and a winning mentality – qualities that we value,” former Deloitte Singapore head and current Southeast Asia CEO Philip Yuen previously stated.