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Project Hongbao 2024

The New Year ushers in fresh hope and well wishes for the year ahead. While many of us are fortunate to celebrate the festive season in good health, there are needy patients at our hospital, especially the elderly with little family support, who face challenges with out-of-pocket expenses after leaving the hospital. These expenses often include essential items like mobility aids, breathing equipment, and expensive non-standard medications.

This Lunar New Year, we would like to invite y​ou to make it truly meaningful by extending your support to our less fortunate patients. Your donations through Project Hongbao will be channelled to the General Fund, making an impact on their lives. Together, let's create a brighter and healthier New Year for everyone in our community. All eligible donations will enjoy a 250% tax deduction.

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Health for Generations

When Mr Tan Tock Seng founded Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) in 1844, it was the first hospital started by and for the people of Singapore. To commemorate our 180th anniversary as well as to uphold Mr. Tan Tock Seng’s legacy, we seek your support to lend a helping hand to TTSH’s less fortunate patients.

​TTSH Community Fund actively raises funds to assist needy patients with limited savings and/or family support. Regardless the amount, your contribution goes a long way and makes for a substantial pool. As the saying goes, ‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.’

Your generous contribution will greatly help TTSH Community Fund make a difference in the lives of our beneficiaries, who are facing financial challenges, by easing their burdens and improving their quality of life. Our charity also supports research/innovation and training f​or our staff and the community to delivery better patient care.

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Interim Dialysis for Needy Patients

Interim Dialysis for Needy Patients helps support the dialysis treatment for TTSH’s needy patients.

Burdened with chronic or end-stage kidney failure, TTSH’s needy patients cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs of dialysis treatment even as they wait for placements at subsidised dialysis centres, before they can be discharged. The wait for vacancies or processing of their applications can be several months.

The financial burden often adds to the needy patients’ and their family members’ emotional and psychological stress. Thus, funds raised can help our needy patients to receive timely dialysis as well as lighten their emotional burden.

Proceeds from this campaign will go towards our IWanttoGoHome (IWGH) Programme which enables needy patients to receive continued care at home upon discharge.

All eligible donations will enjoy 250% tax deductions.

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Art of Giving​

Arudio Ceramic will hold a fundraising project, Art of Giving, which will be conducted from 29 January to 5 February 2024 at Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s atrium. A ceramic exhibition to explore the work of local ceramic artists and purchase unique pottery pieces. It’s a great way to support local artists and take home something unique. Part of the proceeds raised from this exhibition will go towards supporting our charity.​​

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Needy Patients Transport Assistance

Needy Patients Transport Assistance helps needy patients with their out-of-pocket transport expenses for their medical appointments and/or interim dialysis treatments whilst waiting for National Kidney Foundation applications to be processed.

Often, our patients are ill and weak to travel by public transport and for patients who are bed bound, or wheelchair bound, where travelling by the usual public transport is a major challenge or is just not possible. Our needy patients need transport services such as commercial ambulances and patient vans, which can cost more than $70 per trip. Such expenses may sometimes be even higher than their dialysis sessions and becomes a burden to our needy patients, who may not be able to afford.

Support is needed for these patients who have limited savings and/or family support. Your donation will greatly help to alleviate the heavy caregiving burden faced by their families.

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Past Campaigns

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A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us for the "Share A Bowl of Rice" art exhibition at Tan Tock Seng Hospital's atrium from 8 to 12 January 2024!


Presented by Art Action, this year's exhibition was a celebration of art, featuring captivating paintings, exquisite ceramics, and beautifully crafted couplet writings—all in the spirit of the upcoming Lunar New Year festival.

Part of the proceeds raised from this exhibition went towards supporting our charity.



Nursing knowledge through years of ground experience in managing and delivering care to patients and the community, especially in times of crises, provide rich and precious teaching material.

TTSH Nursing has come together to produce a novel resource 'textbook', to share valuable knowledge and experiences with fellow nurses across the hospitals, and transformative lessons from the pandemic and the way forward.

A big thank you to all our supporters who have helped us to produce the book! Our nurses aim to help not just TTSH Nursing, but also the larger nursing community thrive as we move forward heart to heart to meet challenges in the future.

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​#WeLoveSingaporeHawkers 2023

Celebrating Singapore Hawkers Even As We Support Needy Patients In The Community

December 2020 saw our Singapore Hawker Culture successfully inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity; but the sudden appearance of COVID-19 in early 2020 had already started to impact everyone's life, and that of the hawkers' livelihood as well.

​For this, the TTSH Community Fund project wants to record and recognise the hard work and contribution of our precious hawkers. Thus, even as we raise funds for our patients to be able to return to life in the community, we hope also to use our platform to raise awareness and celebrate our unique hawker culture.

Through this project, we aim to raise funds for our IWanttoGoHome (IWGH) and Help Me Go Home Programmes which help needy patients to be discharged home equipped with continued care.

About #WeLoveSingaporeHawkers

#WeLoveSingaporeHawkers will be unique in presenting the best rojak (meaning 'mixed' in Malay), containing everything about hawkers – past, present and future – through the perspectives of hawkers, customers, suppliers and even the support systems.

The book will share inspiring stories of hawkers, both old and new, who keep heritage dishes available, recipes of iconic hawker dishes that originated in Singapore and, essential cooking techniques that make hawker fare flavourful. It will also take readers through journeys about famous hawkers and food that no longer exist, as well as the development and evolvement of hawker centres and the thoughtful architecture behind these buildings and structures.

#WeLoveSingaporeHawkers is a collection of photos, anecdotes, illustrations and interviews contributed by well-known writers and renowned photographers and illustrators. It will be an enlightening and interesting read for both Singaporean as well as international readers and will help everyone better appreciate hawkers and their role in Singaporeans' way of life.

Only two thousand copies of the book were printed.​

Every Lunar New Year, schools from all over Singapore participate in our campaign; ‘Project Hongbao’. Students not only get the chance to design and colour their own red packet, but also celebrate this festival through giving back in the form of a kind donation, as well as a message of well wishes to our beneficiaries.​Project-Hongbao-1.jpg  



The pre-schools and primary schools that participated this year were:​

  • ​Admiralty Primary School
  • ​Bukit Panjang Primary Schoo
  • Evergreen Primary School
  • Fern Green Primary School
  • Greenridge Primary School
  • Maha Bodhi School
  • Pasir Ris Primary School
  • Springfield Secondary School
  • Tampines Primary School
  • West Grove Primary School
  • ​Xingnan Primary School
  • Xishan Primary School
  • Zhenghua Primary School ​

We would like to say a big thank you for each and every school for their support! We hope to continue working with them next year.

What was the experience like for White Lodge Kindergarten and Pre-School?


The Hongbao project is for helping people. I like helping people"

– Taya Belle Bar Menashe, White Lodge kindergarten student at Phoenix Park

When TTSH Community Fund approached White Lodge Kindergarten and Pre-School to participate in ‘Project Hongbao’, they did not hesitate. After seeing especially, the needy, sick and elderly lives affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, they saw a cause that was important to them and felt like this their chance to help the community in their own way. White Lodge Kindergarten and Pre-School were especially keen on TTSH Community Fund’s focus on supporting healthcare research, stating this to be an important lesson at a preschool level.

As part of their own Chinese New Year celebration at their school, Project Hongbao was a great addition, providing the opportunity for the students to experience giving back in a creative and fun way. This fell in line with their belief in Singapore’s many and mixed cultures and traditions as a unique and special way of giving back and being there for one another.

The project was very well received within the school community by the parents and students alike, and everyone took pride in the opportunity to collaborate with TTSH Community Fund this year. The children thoroughly enjoyed decorating and filling up a Hongbao as a token of good wishes, reflected by their wonderful submission and generous donations.

We would like to say a big thank you to White Lodge Kindergarten and Pre-School for their initiative, compassion, and enthusiasm in this campaign. We very much hope to continue sharing this experience for the coming years!

Keep a lookout for more updates and for future campaigns and events!

What was the experience like for Mulberry Learning @ Tanjong Pagar?


It is not easy to inculcate the values of caring and sharing among children below 7 years but Mulberry Learning @ Tanjong Pagar readily took up the challenge through participating in Project Hongbao. Teachers at the centre shared videos and arranged picture talks in class to help children understand the plight of the less fortunate, as well as the challenges faced by the elderly and the less-privileged.

The children then decorated their red packets before they penned down their well wishes to the beneficiaries and staff at TTSH Community Fund. As some of the children were only 18 months old, the objective of Project Hongbao may be hard to grasp. This is where the parents come in to share their inputs and help their children deepen their understanding on helping others.

Mulberry Learning Centre adopts the Habits of MindTM Curriculum where little Mulberrians are constantly exposed to activities and social stories involving empathy. Project Hongbao then allowed the children to look at the world through the eyes of gratitude and help them better learn and understand how their collective action can make a positive difference in the lives of those in need.

Making Chinese Hongbao was fun! We decorated our red packets and my mummy helped me to put in some money to help more people.”

– Daniel Lim K1.

Dr Ho Eu Chin and Dr William Go from TTSH shares the relationship between dementia and hearing loss. This webinar is part of the Futureproof Your Health series, jointly brought to you by TTSH Community Fund and NHG Fund.


The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly been a challenging time for many of us. However, in times like these, we have learnt that the biggest impact is made if we join our hands together and be Stronger Together.

Besides helping our needy patients with their out-of-pocket expenses, your donations will also support healthcare research, innovation and training to improve patient care.

Your donation towards this campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar under Tote Board’s Enhanced Fundraising Programme (EFR) capped at $250,000.


Recently, I was at a food center and I was having my lunch. An old lady came to clean my table. She was frail. Her hands shook, holding the cloth that was to wipe my table. Despite all these, she wore a smile so bright - you know it is from the heart. She is probably in her mid 60s. I observed her. After my lunch, I ushered her over. She thought I needed her service to clean my table. As her shaking hands reached out for the table, my hands reached for hers. I pressed a $10 note into her palm.”

To JT, nothing is better than to direct his birthday​ gifts in the form of donations to the Helping Elderly Patients Programme (HELP). Donate via to support JT’s campaign!

On the weekend of 16 – 18 Apr 2021, Italian luxury label TOD’s held their annual Charity Shopping Weekend to raise funds for the Helping Elderly Patients Programme (HELP) under the Charity. 2021 marks the 7th year of partnership with TOD’S and we would like to express our deepest gratitude to TOD’S for their continuous support.




In January 2020, Hwa Chong Institution reached out to TTSH CF to organize a Chinese Calligraphy fundraiser at the atrium of the hospital. Both TTSH staff and members of the public can purchase Chinese calligraphy couplets that will be written right at the booths by the students to support the students’ passion and our Charity. TTSH CF certainly look forward to future fundraiser collaborations such as this.​


TTSH Charity Heritage Walk 2019: Tan Tock Seng's Journey is TTSH Community Fund's inaugural heritage walk for charity.

In 1844, Mr Tan Tock Seng donated 7,000 Spanish dollars to build the Pauper's Hospital at Pearl's Hill. Through various heritage sites along the 8km trail starting from Pearl's Hill to present day TTSH at Novena, participants will be learning about Mr Tan's life and his contributions to early Singapore. The Charity Heritage Walk 2019 aims to bring greater awareness of Singapore's rich history and how early merchants who made good also made great efforts to better the lives of our forefathers, who were in turn able to contribute to Singapore today.

This event commemorated the hospital's 175th Anniversary and 200 years of Singapore story. The walk has been endorsed by the Singapore Bicentennial Office as part of the Singapore's Bicentennial Commemoration.

Beyond nostalgia, this walk also managed to raise $1 million for the TTSH Community fund, which supports needy patients with out-of-pocket expenses, as well as healthcare research, training and education.

You may also refer to TTSH News for more information on the Charity Heritage Walk.​

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