Purple Parade 2015

Posted: 3 November 2015

On 31 October 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) participated in the Purple Parade – a movement that supports the inclusion and celebrates the abilities of persons with special needs. DPA was one of the 35 participating contingent of the parade. A total of 61 people joined DPA’s contingent, which was comprised of DPA members, volunteers, families, friends and staff. Our contingent members wore limited edition DPA T-shirts with the slogan “30 Years of Advocacy: DPA Since 1986” to commemorate DPA’s 30 years of anniversary next year 2016 and held specially designed DPA purple fans. Four members also held placards displaying DPA’s public education posters.

DPA was happy to be part of this event and was glad to see the entire community coming together to show support for persons with special needs. It was especially heartwarming to see Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong lending his support for the event. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong even stopped by our contingent to take a picture with DPA – an honour given to a select few at the parade. (more…)

China-ASEAN Disability Forum

Posted: 29 September 2015

From 16 September to 18 September 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended the China-ASEAN Disability Forum at Nanning, China. The event was jointly organised by the Disabled Persons’ Federation of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the Secretariat of China-ASEAN Expo, and sponsored by China Disabled Persons’ Federation and the People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The forum was a high-level platform of exchange in the disability field between representatives from China and ASEAN member states. They were delegates from the Government and disability-oriented non-governmental organisations.  (more…)

DPA Annual General Meeting 2015

Posted: 17 September 2015

The Disabled People’s Association (DPA) 28th Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Wednesday, 9 September 2015. Members came early to enjoy a pre-AGM buffet dinner and mingling session. A total of 39 people attended the AGM, including DPA staff, members, institutional members, one volunteer and one sign-language interpreter. DPA was especially honoured to have Mr Ron Chandran-Dudley, the founder of both DPA and Disabled People’s International, attend the AGM. There were enough DPA members present to satisfy the quorum requirements.

Before the meeting started, a group of students from Temasek Junior College handed over the money raised from their school-based event called the Purple Fiesta to DPA’s President, Mr Nicholas Aw Wee Chong.  The total money raised was $3964.56. DPA thanks Temasek Junior College for their hard work and effort, and for choosing DPA to be their beneficiary. The funds will help to support DPA’s advocacy initiatives. (more…)

Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2015

Posted: 14 August 2015

On 7 August 2015, 30 DPA staff, volunteers, friends and family participated in the Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2015 at Marina Bay Sands. The walk was for everyone to join in and celebrate Singapore as an inclusive and giving nation. 

At the event, there was a family carnival with fun activities for kids, a competitive race up 57 levels to reach Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, and a special drumming activity which saw beneficiaries, corporate volunteers, and the community coming together to create one rhythm signifying the united heartbeat of one Singapore. DPA also met and mingled with two Members of Parliament – Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Teo Chee Hean, and Minister Tan Chuan-Jin.  (more…)

Purple Symphony

Posted: 31 July 2015

DPA was invited to the launch of the Purple Symphony on 31 July at the Singapore Conference Hall. The Purple Symphony is an inclusive orchestra made up of musicians with and without disabilities. The Purple Symphony has eighty-three members aged between four and fifty-eight, with sixty-seven musicians who have special needs. One of the members is DPA’s Board of Management member and percussionist, Ms Lily Goh.

DPA President, Mr Nicholas Aw, and DPA Executive Director attended the event and were treated a performance of five pieces of music. The choice of music was as diverse as the make up of the orchestra, ranging from a piece from a Chinese blockbuster to classic Malay and Indian tunes. During the pieces, there were solo performances by Ms Stephanie Ow, an erhu player with a visual disability, and Mr Aloysius Wong, 16, who performed a drum solo and is a Pathlight School student.  (more…)

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