DPM Heng Swee Keat witnesses the launch of ‘Golden Hearts’ programme by RGE, in partnership with Heartware Network, to foster a strong connection between the people and private sector

  • RGE will commit to a long-term partnership with Heartware Network through the ‘Golden Hearts’ programme
  • To launch RGE’s ‘Golden Hearts’, more than 200 Heartware Network youth volunteers and RGE employees engaged over 200 beneficiaries and caregivers from five (5) social service organisations at Gardens by the Bay

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 27 November 2023 – Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, who is also Chief Patron of Heartware Network (HWN), witnessed the launch of RGE’s new corporate volunteer programme with HWN named ‘Golden Hearts’ today.

Close to 500 RGE staff, Heartware Network youth volunteers, beneficiaries and their caregivers celebrate RGE’s partnership with Heartware Network on a new volunteer programme named ‘Golden Hearts’, in conjunction with RGE Founder’s Day. Seated in the 1st row, 5th from the right is Guest-of-Honour Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, and Chief Patron of Heartware Network. Photo: RGE

Another key focus of the programme will be sustainability education. Through ‘Golden Hearts’, children and youths will have the opportunity to attend a workshop and learning journey at the RGE-NTU Sustainable Textile Research Centre (RGE-NTU SusTex) launched in August 2022 to study the chemistry of various textile materials and determine the optimal processes and techniques required to bring us closer to a circular textile economy. These initiatives will collectively amplify the programme’s social impact and contribute to environmental improvement, which align with the core objectives of both organisations.
‘Golden Hearts’ was unveiled during RGE’s annual Founder’s Day, which celebrates the company’s inception and reinforces its commitment to the 5Cs business philosophy – “whatever we do must first be good for the community, country, climate, customer, and only then will it be good for the company.” Furthermore, ‘Golden Hearts’ embodies RGE’s unwavering commitment to serve the multifaceted needs of the Singapore community.

To lend a greater purpose to RGE’s ‘Golden Hearts’, the launch of the corporate volunteer programme was held in conjunction with the ‘Tranquil Journey at the Gardens’ event co-hosted by HWN and RGE. The day-long event featured a range of interactive activities, and arts and crafts specially curated for these beneficiaries and their caregivers – the ‘unsung heroes’, allowing them a much needed break to recharge and rejuvenate for their ongoing caregiving responsibilities.

“We are extremely honoured to have DPM Heng officiate the launch of RGE’s ‘Golden Hearts’ volunteer programme,” said RGE Managing Director, Anderson Tanoto. “Giving back to the community has been RGE’s ethos for over 50 years, and we are pleased to expand this meaningful initiative to Singapore. Through the ‘Golden Hearts’ programme, we are empowering our employees to give back to society in ways that ‘improve lives for life’. We are excited to embark on this journey with HWN and elevate our relationship to new heights by harnessing our collective strengths and resources to uplift communities and nurture a more equitable and compassionate society.”

Tan See Leng, Executive Director of HWN, said: “HWN is an existing long-time partner with the Tanoto family’s philanthropic arm, Tanoto Foundation, on Heartware-East Coast Sustainable Youth Leadership Development Programme and the Heartware-Tanoto Foundation Learning Together Programme. We are deeply grateful for this opportunity to strengthen our partnership with RGE, which will not only provide us with additional resources to enhance our support for our youths and beneficiaries but also expand our reach, allowing us to effectively address the diverse and urgent needs of our communities. We believe that together, we can achieve a more significant and sustainable impact on social and environmental issues.”

‘Golden Hearts’ will commence in January 2024 and is expected to be a robust multi-year collaboration between RGE and HWN, harnessing the unique strengths of both parties to create a positive, lasting impact on the lives of individuals of all ages in Singapore.

Notes to the Editor:
  • RGE was founded in 1973 by Chairman Sukanto Tanoto, who first started his business in 1967 as a spare parts company.
  • Tanoto Foundation is an independent philanthropic organisation founded by Mr Tanoto and his wife, Tinah Bingei Tanoto, in 1981 based on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to realise his or her full potential.
  • Today, the Tanoto Foundation has been improving lives and making an impact in Singapore, Indonesia and China in three main areas: improving learning environments, future leader’s development, and medical research and sciences.

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About RGE – www.rgei.com

Headquartered in Singapore, RGE is a group of resource-based manufacturing companies with global operations. We produce sustainable natural fibres, edible oils, green packaging and clean natural gas used to create products that feed, clothe and energise the world. We help improve billions of peoples’ lives through sustainable products they use every day. With more than US$30 billion in assets and 60,000 employees, we are creating a more recyclable, biodegradable and lower carbon future.

Committed to sustainable development, conservation and community development, we strive towards what is good for the community, good for the country, good for the climate, good for the customer, and good for the company. With current operations spanning across Indonesia, China, Brazil, Spain and Canada, we continue to expand and engage new markets.

About Heartware Network – https://heartware.org/

Established in 2000, Heartware Network (HWN) is a registered Society under the Registry of Societies (ROS), and a registered Charity with the Institution of Public Character (IPC) status under Commissioner of Charities (COC), under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). HWN seeks to instil positive values and build strong character in youth between ages 14 – 35. It engages our young to be resilient, innovative in serving others, and to be entrepreneurs rooted in Singapore as their home. HWN is committed to transforming the lives of underserved children and youth by empowering them with greater confidence in their abilities, so as to achieve a brighter future.

HWN’s vision is to be the trusted youth developer, enabling youths to become resilient and active community champions. Its mission is igniting the hearts of youths and imparting them with values, character & skills to make a difference in the community. Its programmes fall under 3 key thrusts:

Youth Development: Inducts youth into the world of volunteerism by instilling in them a ‘Make A Difference’ attitude through sustainable actions.

Youth Leadership: Empowers and equips youth with leadership skills to plan, lead, and execute large-scale community projects.

Youth Entrepreneurship: Develop life skills for the workspace through entrepreneurship opportunities, instilling a ‘Can Do, Will Do’ attitude.