Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) commemorated its 50th anniversary with a Charity Gala Dinner held at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove on 6 December 2019. The dinner was attended by donors, community and corporate partners, past and present leaders and staff of SOS. President Halimah Yacob graced the dinner as Guest-of-Honour, and the dinner was hosted by Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development, Second Minister for Finance, and Patron of SOS.
The dinner saw how individuals from all walks of life come together in support of a common cause toward suicide prevention in Singapore. Ms Lee Sook Fung, Chairman of SOS, stressed that with the help of every individual, SOS can continue to "be that spark of hope, igniting and illuminating light amidst the darkness in the lives of those in distress". You can read the transcript of her welcome address here.
In his opening address, Mr Lawrence Wong acknowledged the work of SOS. "SOS’s work is rarely seen in the public spotlight. But what the SOS does to support the vulnerable is invaluable. Over the years, SOS has helped to save countless lives. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the SOS team works tirelessly to lend a listening ear to everyone in distress and to provide emotional support for individuals who are on the brink of suicide" said Mr Wong. You can read the transcript of his opening address here.