Project Happy Feet Organises Project Happy Feet Slipper Race and
Chefs For A Cause Events in special 2015 Edition
Organisers hope to raise $250,000 where 80 percent of proceeds from the two events will be channeled to The Community Chest’s Special Education Financial Assistance Scheme (SPEDFAS) and 20 percent to This Life Cambodia’s Lower Secondary School Development Programme.
Singapore-based not-for-profit organisation, Project Happy Feet, is organising its annual Project Happy Feet Slipper Race on 14 November this year. In addition, it will also bring back its popular Chefs For A Cause event on the same day in a landmark double-event special.
This year’s Project Happy Feet Slipper Race will take place for the first time at Palawan Beach, Sentosa. With a walking route of 2.4km, Singapore’s only non-competitive walk in slippers aims to allow participants to briefly experience the life of a child in Cambodia, who usually walks at least 3km a day to get to school. Many of these children walk bare-foot as they do not have enough money for slippers. Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Defence, and Mayor of South East District will grace 2015’s Slipper Race as its Guest-of-Honour.
Following overwhelming response from 2014’s Chefs For A Cause event which saw the participation of 13 of Singapore’s top local chefs, Project Happy Feet has brought back a bigger and better version of the event this year as a finale to the Slipper Race. 2015’s edition of Chefs For A Cause sees 20 local chefs, including Chef Jimmy Chok from JC Concepts, Chef Benjamin Tan from The White Rabbit, Chef Robin Ho from The Privé Group, Chef Pang Kok Keong from the Sugar Daddy Group and Forest Leong from the Forest Cooking School cooking up a storm in an open carnival set at Sentosa’s Port of Lost Wonder. Expect inventive and delicious offerings from savoury dishes like bak chor mee pasta, kong bak burgers to sweet desserts like kaya ice cream with baguette rusk and gula melaka cremeux at the carnival. Carnival goers can also be entertained by performances by Singapore’s definitive hip hop collective, Grizzle Grind Crew’s Charles ENERO and LINEATH and local singer-songwriter and FLY Entertainment Artiste, Jill-Marie Thomas. She will also be performing “Happy Feet”, a song she wrote and produced as 2015’s Project Happy Feet theme song.
Established since 2009, Project Happy Feet sets out to empower the lives of underprivileged youths and children by supporting their education and training so that they may break out of poverty. This year, eighty percent of the proceeds from the two events will be channeled to The Community Chest’s Special Education Financial Assistance Scheme (SPEDFAS). The scheme provides financial assistance to needy students from special education (SPED) schools run by 20 Voluntary Welfare Organisations, so that these students can enjoy fully subsidised school fees, uniforms, textbooks and a 75% subsidy for national exam fees. The scheme aims to enable low-income families that face financial difficulties and challenges to support their children with special needs. This is the fourth time the Project Happy Feet Slipper Race is supporting the SPEDFAS. Previous editions of the Project Happy Feet Slipper Race raised a combined amount in excess of SGD144,960 for the scheme, which has benefited more than 2,000 families.
The remaining 20 percent of the proceeds will go to This Life Cambodia’s Lower Secondary School Development Programme. This Life Cambodia is a not-for-profit, non-government community development organisation with a focus on education. It provides technical advice and support to individuals, communities, and non-profit organisations in Cambodia. This Life Cambodia works to improve the quality of and access to education in Cambodia by listening to, engaging with and advocating alongside communities. Its ultimate goal is to help local people and groups become fully self-sustainable by providing educational and training opportunities, securing project funding, building infrastructure and creating networks to support their needs.
PROJECT HAPPY FEET 2015: AT A GLANCE