P R E S S   R E L E A S E
1 April 2006

On 31 March 2006, the Prime Minister of Singapore, PM Lee Hsien Loong awarded tokens of appreciation to the recipients of the Comcare Enterprise Fund (CEF) as acknowledgement of their contribution to the community. President of HOPE worldwide (Singapore) Mr. John Philip Louis became the recipient of this award. Mr. Louis is the champion for the social enterprise Movie Therapy, a new therapy approach that uses movies as a counselling tool.

HOPE worldwide (Singapore) has been awarded the Comcare Enterprise Fund (CEF) for its social enterprise Movie Therapy. This new therapy approach uses movies as a tool to help clients obtain awareness and to work through issues with the counsellor.

The Comcare Enterprise Fund (CEF) is a programme under Comcare Selfreliance offered by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports (MCYS) to provide seed funding to start sustainable business enterprises which are focused on helping the needy in Singapore.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the Comcare Fund in June last year with the purpose of providing a springboard to the needy and to ensure that no man is left behind while Singapore progresses. It comprises 3 key programme pillars: Comcare Selfreliance, Comcare Grow, and Comcare Enable. Movie Therapy by HOPE worldwide (Singapore) was among the 13 social enterprises that have received funding support from the CEF, awarded under Comcare Selfreliance, since the launch of Comcare.

On 31 March 2006, at the launch of the Ang Mo Kio Community Care Network, Prime Minister Lee presented tokens of appreciation to the recipients of the Comcare Enterprise Fund for their contribution to the community. The champion of Movie Therapy, Mr John Philip Louis, who is also President of HOPE worldwide (Singapore), became the proud recipient of the award.

“It is an honour for me to receive this award on behalf of HOPE worldwide (Singapore) for our social enterprise, Movie Therapy. We believe very strongly that movies, when appropriately used, are a powerful counselling tool,” said Mr. John Louis. “We feel very fulfilled when lives, families and relationships are impacted through Movie Therapy. With the Singapore Government, MCYS and Prime Minister Lee’s show of support and appreciation for our work through the CEF and tonight’s event, we are very encouraged because public recognition of our work will help us to reach and serve more people in the community.”

HOPE worldwide (Singapore), a charity and society registered in Singapore since 1998, has also participated actively in the Community Chest Festive Care & Share Programme – an annual fundraiser event to help the poor and needy. In 2003, they received The Special Event Silver Award from NCSS presented by His Excellency S.R. Nathan, President of Singapore. They also received awards of commendation for their active participation in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

by Patricia Tay
1 April 2006

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