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Yellow Ribbon Project 2013 Activities

Yellow Ribbon Appreciation Dinner
Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year from the Yellow Ribbon Project
A Big Show of Support from Singapore Academy of Law
Yellow Ribbon 10th Anniversary Celebrations
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 Appreciation Dinner

The Yellow Ribbon Appreciation Dinner was organised on 23 October 2013. More than 200 community partners who had contributed to the YRP over the past decade attended the event. The venue, generously sponsored by the Asian Civilisations Museum, served as a platform for the YRP to appreciate partners for their contributions to the campaign and develop potential partnership opportunities for 2014. Through the event, the YRP also re-engaged past partners and renewed relationships.


Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year from the Yellow Ribbon Project

As we draw close to the end of 2013, the YRP would like to thank all supporters who have been part of the Yellow Ribbon Journey. The year is especially meaningful as we celebrate a decade of campaigning for second chances for incarcerated individuals and their families. The show of support from Singaporeans over past 10 years has been amazing. We have employers coming forward to offer employment, companies adopting YRP as their Corporate Social Responsibility and motivated individuals volunteering in YRP or with social service agencies that provide offenders’ services. For their generosity, we would like to say thank you for Helping to Unlock the Second Prison.

Read the inspiring stories of companies and individuals, who believe in second chances, follow us on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The YRP wishes all our friends and family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


A Big Show of Support from Singapore Academy of Law

On the night of 12 September, judges, lawyers and law school students took the stage for a good cause. Showing their support for the Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF) – Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) STAR Bursary, over 70 performers from the legal fraternity and beneficiaries of the YRF made special appearances at ‘The LeX Factor – Law Has Talent’ charity concert held at the School of the Arts (SOTA). From salsa to acapella, the talents displayed their best and touched the hearts of the crowd with their spirit and enthusiasm.

The highlight of the concert was the Chief Justice performing with children from The Salvation Army “Kids in Play” programme.

Witnessed by President Tony Tan, a cheque donation of $303,000 was presented by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon to the YRF. The YRF would like to thank the SAL, performers, volunteers, partners for their support.


Yellow Ribbon 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Giant Human Yellow Ribbon Formation

The Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2013 attracted a record high 10,000 runners in the 10km or 6km run from Changi Village to Changi Prison Complex. After their run, more than 1,200 runners stayed behind to form Giant Human Yellow Ribbon symbolizing their support for second chances. This feat successfully entered the Singapore Book of Records and raised more than $130,000 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund.

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all supporters that made the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2013 a blazing success.

Yellow Ribbon Mooncakes

Inmates from the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprise (SCORE) Bakery bake a limited edition of the Yellow Ribbon Mooncake for the Yellow Ribbon Run Goodie Bags. With the iconic ribbon on the mooncake, each pastry represents their hopes for the future and also for their families.

We hope you enjoyed the mooncakes and do look out for your photos on our facebook (yellowribbonproj), instagram, (@yellowribbonsg), twitter (#yrp10) and your race results here.


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

The Yellow Ribbon Celebrating Second Chances Awards Ceremony was organised on 19th October 2013. The event was supported by key corporate sponsors such as The Star Vista, Pere Ocean and Nets. The event recognised 140 ex-offenders who had stayed crime-free and drug-free for at least 3 years. A new category of awards - Second Chances Award, was presented to 6 community partners for their significant contributions and continued support over the last decade. The aim of this award is to affirm the efforts of community partners and inspire them to do more for the cause. The award recipients are:

  1. Singapore Totalisator Board and Singapore Pools
  2. Temasek Holdings
  3. Lions Club of Singapore Tanah Merah
  4. Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ Secondary School
  5. Mr Mohd Daud Bin Mohd Bassar
  6. Mr Lim Poh Soon Philip

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

This year, the YRP co-organised the 7th Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition with the Singapore Art Museum. The launch of the exhibition was attended by 90 partners attended the launch event. The 2 week long exhibition from 12 to 28 July saw a total of 62 inmates’ original artworks on display. This included an art installation of a prison door, which was made in collaboration with a commissioned arts trainer Mr Steve Lawler. To date, a total of $17,000 was raised from the sales of the artworks.

Yellow Ribbon Fund 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner

The Yellow Ribbon Fund 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner was held on July 20 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel as part of the Yellow Ribbon 10th anniversary celebrations.

The Yellow Ribbon Fund Gala Dinner raised more than $550,000 this year to continue driving aftercare support for ex-offenders and their families. More than 500 donors from various public and private organisations attended the fund-raiser on July 20 this year, along with Guest-of-Honour, Minister Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Trade and Industry Mr S Iswaran. The Gala Dinner also celebrated the beginning of year long Yellow Ribbon Fund and Project 10th anniversary celebrations, marking a milestone in their effort towards the assistance and acceptance of ex-offenders among Singaporeans.

Last year, the Yellow Ribbon Fund extended its reach to more than 1,400 inmates, ex-offenders and their families through the disbursement of more than $830,000. The sum went towards supporting rehabilitation and reintegration programmes designed to empower beneficiaries with employable skills and qualification, as well as shelter and financial options, ultimately motivating them to lead crime-free lives.

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.