You will never forget Singa the Lion, Singapore’s iconic mascots for kindness and graciousness.

Birthday Cake for Singapore using Singa the Lion figurines

Capitaland’s Raffles City Singapore has collaborated with Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) to launch the Arts in the City: We Love SINGApore exhibition. This was in commemoration of Singapore Bicentennial and celebration of Singapore’s 54th birthday.

Launched by Guest-of-Honour President Halimah Yacob, the exhibition features 200 figurines of Singa the Lion designed by individuals from all walks of life.

Launch of the exhibition (MCI Photo by Chwee)

Riding on the Singapore Bicentennial and SKM themes of ‘From Singapore to Singaporean’ and ‘Be Greater’, this year’s exhibition brings together the local community to share their Singapore stories and vision on what kindness and being greater means to them. They expressed their stories by hand painting and designing 40cm-tall three dimensional Singa the Lion figurines.

President Halimah Designs A Pair of Singa The Lion Figurines with Her Husband

President Halimah Yacob and her husband, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, have also designed a pair of President’s Challenge Singa the Lion figurines which was unveiled at the launch. In addition, companies such as tenants from Raffles City Singapore and individuals who have also contributed include Bee Cheng Hiang, Robinsons, Shanghai Tang, The Cookies Museum; local celebrities Fann Wong and many food blogger Miss Tam Chiak, Chef Janice Wong.

President Halimah Yacob and her husband, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, designed of Singa the Lion.

Giving Back Through Art

Furthermore, at the launch of the exhibition, CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF), the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand, pledged S$300,000 to benefit six charities under President’s Challenge 2019. The six charities are Alzheimer’s Disease Association, APEX Harmony Lodge, AWWA, Filos Community Services, Morning Star Community Services and Perhaps Children’s Home.

To date, CHF has committed the following:

  • S$10,000 for Singa the Lion figurine designed by President Halimah Yacob and Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee
  • S$1,000 for every figurine designed by companies, individuals and the six beneficiaries in recognition of their contribution.

President Halimah said: “CapitaLand, a long-time partner of the President’s Challenge, is an exemplary company that not only builds inclusive developments but also embraces diversity and inclusivity through programmes by its philanthropic arm, CapitalLand Hope Foundation. I hope CapitaLand can continue their efforts in empowering the disadvantaged in Singapore.”

Members of the public can also participate for a good cause.
For every post on Instagram of Arts in the City: We love SINGApore’exhibition or on an act of kindness with official hashtags (#CapitaLand, #RCSArtsInTheCity, #RCSWeLoveSINGApore, #CHFPC #BeGreaterSG), S$5 will be donated towards President’s Challenge.

Adoption of Singa the Lion Figurines

The figurines will find permanent homes with interested adopters and all proceeds will go towards President’s Challenge. The figurines will be up for adoption at a minimum sum of S$88 each on a first-come-first-serve basis, subject to availability. Interested members of the public who would like to adopt Singa the Lion may approach Raffles City Singapore Concierge at Level 1. They can collect their favourite one-of-its-kind figurine after the exhibition.

Dr William Wan, General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement said: “The Singapore Kindness Movement is delighted to partner with Raffles City Singapore in this commemorative art exhibit with our mascot Singa as the centrepiece. SKM’s history will go on playing a significant role in our continuing journey from Singapore to Singaporean. Kindness, graciousness, empathy, care and consideration for each other are values that we want to be part of our identity.”

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