In the holy month of Ramadhan, Pertapis organised an annual mass breaking fast ceremony, welcoming guests from different backgrounds to ignite the spirit of giving and appreciation as a community.
I am grateful for the help and assistance Pertapis has been giving me every year. This annual iftar event is a nice way for me to interact with familiar or new faces Held at Pertapis Halfway House, about a thousand guests including staff, residents, volunteers, Pertapis TAJ (Welfare Trust Fund) beneficiaries and other less fortunate families attended the event on June 22, 2016. The Pertapis Children’s Home kick-started the event by welcoming the Guest of Honour (GOH) with a kompang performance. GOH Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower and Member of Parliament for East Coast GRC, gave a speech that not only talked about the devotion and perseverance of Muslims during Ramadhan but also the community that puts in effort to make Singapore a better place for all to live in. Pertapis staff, frequent volunteers from Pertapis Youth, residents from the Pertapis GOH Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower and Member of Parliament for East Coast GRC giving away rations and alms to a TAJ Recipient
Halfway House and Pertapis Centre for Women and Girls, prepared meals for the guests. Ms Eda, 49, teacher at Pertapis Kiddy Campus, said that for this iftar event, the charitable organisation opened up to non-Muslims in order to show their support for not only the Muslim community but for all races and religions living in Singapore. The event also provided an opportunity for volunteers to interact with the families. 19-year-old Republic Polytechnic student, Amylia Bte Ramlan, was one of the many volunteers that attended the iftar event. Being the first Pertapis event for Miss Amylia, she said: “The biggest takeaway is that I learnt about selfless giving and giving with sincerity. Sometimes we do things for the sake of doing but I feel that this is different because we can give back to the community just by volunteering and it feels great to see smiles on the recipients who really appreciate our help.” The event ended with the recipients and families receiving alms and rations. “I am grateful for the help and assistance Pertapis has been giving me every year. This annual iftar event is a nice way for me to interact with familiar or new faces“ said Mr Ad (not his real name), 78, a Pertapis TAJ recipient.
Events and happenings in PERTAPIS from April to June 2016.