Happy New Year message from our Executive Director

Create on: 20 Dec 2016 at 02:12 AM


At Oogachaga, our staff and volunteers believe in supporting a variety of social causes: refugees, homeless youths, rescued animals, migrant workers, people with disabilities.

 

You probably do so too, and we are glad to hear that!
 
We are also raising funds for ourselves, so that we can continue running our Centre which supports many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer and gender-diverse (LGBTQ+) individuals, couples and families in Singapore. 
 
During the festive season, we usually see an increase in the number of incoming hotline calls, emails, and Whatsapp chats, as well as requests for face-to-face counselling sessions. This is because it’s difficult for many LGBTQ+ persons to get through this time of year.
 
From January to November this year, we had 484 face-to-face counselling sessions. This compares to only 416 sessions we had for the whole of last year.
 
Many seek support for loneliness, sexuality and identity issues, coming out difficulties, mental health concerns, and dealing with challenging relationships in their lives.
 
In October, when we launched our fundraising campaign our primary purpose was to ensure that our much-needed services would be accessible to the many who use them.

 
We set a fundraising target of SGD 250,000 – to ensure that we would have enough to continue running services and programmes in 2017.

I am pleased to announce that as of 19 December 2016, we have raised approximately SGD 110,000, through events, direct cash donations, and our online crowdfunding page.

  
We are only halfway to reaching our fundraising target, and we look to you for your continued support.  We will keep doing what we can to support Singapore's LGBTQ+ community, because we know it works. 

For one-off donations
- Make an online donation (in USD) on this Generosity page: bit.ly/donatetooc2016
- Write a cheque payable to “Oogachaga”, and send it to: 57B Pagoda Street, Singapore 059216
- Make a bank transfer to our DBS current account 011-901459-8
 
For recurring monthly donations
- By CREDIT CARD: visit our GiveAsia portal bit.ly/supportoogachaga
1. Click on "Donate Now" & provide your contact details
2. Insert the amount to donate, & select "Make this a monthly recurring donation"
3. Provide your payment details

- By GIRO: download & print application form bit.ly/OC_giro
 
Thank you all for your generosity, and wishing you and all your loved ones a Happy New Year!
 
Leow Yangfa
Executive Director
Oogachaga

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