Based on the Individual Giving Survey 2016, our national volunteerism rate has grown from one in 10 in 2000​, compared to one in three today. One of them is volunteer singer Aldrich Tjahjadi, who shares what drives him to give his time.

Singapore singer-songwriter Aldrich Tjahjadi has been spreading the spirit of giving through his passion, music, for many years.

“Volunteerism is very much a part of my life and my music. I came because I want to appreciate the contributions of the volunteers,” the 29-year-old said at our annual Just Saying Thanks celebration on Feb 22 2017.

He released an album, RICH, which stands for Reach into Community Homes) in November 2016, to start a movement to encourage others to give more willingly. 20 per cent of the proceeds from the album go towards supporting Make a Difference (MAD) and Mummy Yummy.

A simple act during the Just Saying Thanks event touched the musician. He recounted how NVPC CEO Melissa Kwee bought his album and two T-shirts, so that she could give that one to someone else, who happened to be Emily Teng, founder of social enterprise Blessings in a Bag!

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