Dyslexia Association of Singapore Raises $371,000 for Children with Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) through Inaugural Charity Golf and Dinner

SINGAPORE, 23 MAY 2018 – The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) hosted its inaugural Charity Golf and Dinner today at the Tanah Merah Country Club to raise funds for children with dyslexia and other specific learning differences (SpLD) from low-income families. Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, graced the event as guest-of-honour, together with special guest, Mrs Goh Chok Tong, beloved Patron of DAS.

DAS has raised a total of $371,000 from the event, including sales from 26 flight and dinner sponsors, donations and auction items. The funds raised will go towards bursaries for DAS students from low-income families to access psychological assessments and Specialised Educational Services (SES) including classes in Math, Science, Chinese, Speech and Language Therapy and Talent Development Programmes.

Currently, more than half of DAS students rely on bursaries and DAS needs to raise over $1 million annually to support these children. Currently, there are about 3,500 students receiving intervention support from specialists and educational therapists through the Main Literacy Programme and SES at DAS.

The number of students receiving help at DAS still forms only a fraction of the number of children with dyslexia in Singapore. As awareness of dyslexia continues to grow, we do not want to turn away any student who comes to us for help but cannot afford the professional services. We are deeply appreciative of the support from corporate and individual donors towards the DAS and our students. They are helping to reduce inequality for children with dyslexia or SpLD from lower-income families and giving them an opportunity to get the education they deserve,” said Mr Lee Siang, CEO of DAS.

An estimated 23,000 students from preschools to secondary schools in Singapore have dyslexia severe enough to warrant intervention. These students may also have co-occurring learning difficulties, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia.

“At Han’s, we believe in the philosophy of giving back to society. Han’s is excited to be part of DAS’ inaugural Charity Golf and Dinner and we are happy to announce that Han’s will be partnering DAS on a year-long collaboration where all proceeds from the sale of Han’s and Hanis’ vouchers will go directly to DAS to help children with dyslexia and other specific learning differences from low-income families,” said Mr Alex Tan, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager of Han’s Group.

Mdm Mastzainah bte Jalil, whose kids have benefited from the bursary since attending DAS in 2009 said, “It was a financial struggle to put both children through the programmes at DAS because we are a single-income family. When we were told that we qualified to receive the bursaries, it helped a lot to alleviate our financial worries and at the same time, allowed both Musa and Sita Hawa to continue to receive the help they need. I am very appreciative that DAS has bursaries in place to help needy families.