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Yellow Ribbon Project 2013 Activities

Yellow Ribbon 10th Anniversary Commemorative Book - The Courage To Believe
Yellow Ribbon Project 10th Anniversary: Celebrating a Decade of Second Chances
Yellow Ribbon Celebrating Second Chances Award Ceremony 2013
Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2013
Yellow Ribbon Project Community Art Exhibition 2013
Yellow Ribbon Fund 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner 2013
Wear A Yellow Ribbon Activity 2013


Yellow Ribbon 10th Anniversary Commemorative Book - The Courage To Believe


THE COURAGE TO BELIEVE is a story about giving hope. It is about unlocking life's second chances for ex-offenders to help them find new lives beyond the prison walls.

The Yellow Ribbon Project (YRP) embodies this spirit of hope. For 10 years, It has been passionately engaging and galvanising the community - families of ex-offenders, corporate, non-profit and government partners, and the general public - entreating them to believe that every ex-offender who takes personal responsibility for his own life can be transformed and reintegrated successfully into the society.

Commemorating its 10th Anniversary, this book chronicles YRP inception, journey, and triumphs as well as challenges. It also features ex-offenders whose transformed lives are a testament to the relentless work and contribution of the people behind the project. Reverberating with grit, resolve and hope, the stories will set your heart ablaze to extend your hands in unlocking second chances for ex-offenders.

Truly, every transformed life is a trophy of hope and belief.


10th Anniversary: Celebrating 10 Years of Second Chances

Celebrating 10 years of championing second chances for ex-offenders, the Yellow Ribbon Project (YRP) will mark its anniversary in 2013 with a series of commemorative events and meaningful partnerships. Since its inception 9 years ago, more than 380,000 members of the community had participated in YRP’s activities such as the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run, Yellow Ribbon Concert etc. The YRP also partnered 1,500 community partners through fundraising activities, sponsorship opportunities or employment opportunities for ex-offenders.

The strong show of support from the community was also reflected in a survey conducted in 2012, which saw YRP receiving 96% awareness and a majority of the community willing to offer second chances to ex-offenders.

Revolving around the theme – “Celebrating 10 years of Second Chances” given to ex-offenders”, the YRP’s focus in 2013 will be on attributing its success to the strong support it has received over the 9 years, and thanking every Singaporean who believed in the cause.

Secondly, the YRP will also focus on fostering stronger community engagement to empower more Singaporeans with the opportunity to be a part of the movement. Ex-offenders are encouraged to share about their reintegration journey and pay special tribute to the employers, family members, friends, colleagues, neighbours etc; people whom had made a difference in their lives.

Yellow Ribbon Celebrating Second Chances Award Ceremony 2013

Date: Saturday, 19th October 2013
Guest-of-Honour: Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education
Venue: The Star Performing Arts Centre

Do you know of any ex-offenders who made good use of the Second Chances given to them?

Nominate them for Celebrating Second Chances now!

Celebrating Second Chances is an award ceremony that aims to commend the efforts of reformed offenders and community partners whom had made significant contributions to the YRP. As the route to re-integration is often an uphill challenge, this award ceremony hopes to encourage and honour reformed offenders who made good use of second chances offered to them to break down barriers of their past and fulfil their potential in lives. The ceremony would be held on 19th October this year and it is into its 4th run since its inception in 2006.

Yellow Ribbon Celebrations and Events for 2013

Yellow Ribbon Prison Run - “The Road to Acceptance”
(Launch Event for the YRP Week 2013)

Date: Sunday, 15th September 2013
Time: 7.45am flag-off
Category: 6km Fun Run and 10km Competitive Run
Start Point: SAF Field, Changi Village, Farnborough Road
End Point: Changi Prison Complex
Guest-of-Honor: Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs

The committee of the Yellow Ribbon Project (YRP) would like to say a big THANK YOU to all 10,000 runners that had made the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2013 a blazing success! This year’s event marks YRP’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations. We made history with the Giant Human Yellow Ribbon Formation, culminating a record of 1,230 runners and raising more than $130,000 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund! Seeing participants from all walks of lives coming together to lend their support in celebrating 10 years of second chances was truly inspirational!

In the past 10 years, efforts spent by YRP and the community helped shift public perception significantly. Indeed, the campaign would not have come so far without the strong support from the community. However, we can do more and we hope to see more support from you in the years to come.

We also want to take this opportunity to highlight that the Yellow Ribbon mooncakes which were part of the runner’s goodie bags were hand-baked by our inmates from the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE) Bakery, in conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival. We hope you enjoyed the mooncakes.

Do look out for your photos on our facebook (Yellow Ribbon Project Singapore), instagram (YellowRibbonSG), twitter (YellowRibbonSG) and your race results at here.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition

Date: 12 - 28 July (Exhibition Period)
Venue: Singapore Art Museum
Opening Hours: 10am - 7pm (Mon to Sun), 10am to 9pm (Fri)
Free Admission (Applies to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents only)

The Road to Acceptance delves into the struggles, determination and aspirations of inmates and ex-offenders. It displays their artistic interpretations of the path back to society and their heartfelt yearning for acceptance – of forgiveness, hope and second chances.

Your visit will help break away the barriers of stigma and bias towards them, thus inspiring the right strokes to complete the big picture of acceptance.

Let’s help them put the finishing touches on these journeys. Walk along with us. As they journey to find their way home, you can pave the way.

The Yellow Ribbon Project celebrates a decade of second chances and support from Singaporeans. The generosity shown has unlocked the second prison for ex-offenders who want to make good of their lives. Be part of the 10th Anniversary Celebrations!

Yellow Ribbon Fund 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Date: Saturday, 20 July 2013
Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore (The Grand Ballroom)
Guest-of-Honor: Mr S Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Trade and Industry

The Yellow Ribbon Fund is looking to raise $1.2 million through a series of commemorative activities for the development and implementation of reintegration programmes for ex-offenders as well as support social programmes for families and children of ex-offenders.

We invite you to support the Yellow Ribbon Fund 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner by making a donation or purchasing tables at $20,000, $10,000 and/or $5,000. All contributions to the Yellow Ribbon Fund are entitled to 2.5 times tax deduction value and will be automatically included in your tax assessment.

For more information, please contact Premchand at 6214 2832 or

Wear A Yellow Ribbon Activity

Period: May to December 2013

The simple act of wearing the Yellow Ribbon is an active display of the community’s support in offering second chances and acceptance of ex-offenders. Each Yellow Ribbon is handmade by an inmate and it symbolises his/her hope for forgiveness and acceptance. This year, YRP aims to distribute 250,000 ribbons to spread the message of YRP.

The donations received for the ribbons are channelled towards the Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF). Established in 2004, YRF is devoted to the development and implementation of rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for ex-offenders and support programmes for the families affected by incarceration of their love ones. Since its inception, $8.907m has been raised for YRF.