S$365,000 raised at The MINDSET Challenge 2016!

The Jardine Matheson Group’s MINDSET Challenge 2016 raised S$365,000 for a job training and placement centre dedicated to helping people recovering from mental illness.

More than 250 individuals raced or walked up the 33-floor Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) Tower 1 on Sunday, 13 November 2016.
Alex Newbigging, Chairman of MINDSET and Group Managing Director of Jardine Cycle & Carriage said, “The fight against the social stigma associated with mental illness is like scaling the 33-floor MBFC Tower 1. It requires dedication, endurance and support.”
The annual MINDSET Challenge is the Jardine Matheson Group’s signature fund-raiser for mental health causes. Since 2012, the event has raised over S$1.2 million for programmes and initiatives that provides support to people with or recovering from mental illness.
This year, the vertical race successfully raised S$365,000 for MINDSET Learning Hub – a job training and placement centre dedicated to people recovering from mental health issues.
Flagged off by guest-of-honour Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, the event attracted 250 participants including 20 children under the age of 12 who scaled 10 floors. Mental Muscle, a group of six medical students also participated. The group previously crossed 250km of the Namib Desert in Africa, and are headed to Nepal in December 2016 to complete 200km, all with the aim of raising funds for mental health causes.
MINDSET Learning Hub is a collaboration with Singapore Association for Mental Health, and is supported by a S$2 million pledge from Jardines. Since operations started in August 2016, the centre has trained 57 persons, and it expects to provide at least 300 training slots each year. MINDSET Learning Hub aims to help people recovering from mental illness reintegrate into the workforce by empowering them with the relevant job skills through both Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) and non-WSQ training. The trainings are conducted at premises that are designed to include a variety of simulated work environments to provide hands-on training. The training programme is also supported by a job matching scheme to help trainees secure employment.
Newbigging added, “We are proud to raise funds and provide the necessary support that empowers people with mental health issues.”
As Jardines’ registered charity, MINDSET is focused on creating awareness and providing tangible support for mental health. This year also marks MINDSET’s fifth anniversary in Singapore. In celebration, the first-ever Jardines MINDSET Carnival was held on the same day as the vertical race. The carnival brought together over 1,200 employees and their families and friends. More importantly, about 400 clients from mental health voluntary welfare organisations were invited to join the carnival. The carnival serves as a platform to create greater awareness and de-stigmatise mental illness – encouraging guests and mental health clients to interact and engage with one another.
In the last five years, Jardines has disbursed over S$3.5 million to mental health programmes and initiatives. Apart from financial contributions, more than 70 work attachments were sourced for people recovering from mental illness within Jardines, as well as over 16,400 employee volunteer hours were rendered to mental health activities and efforts.
The Jardine Matheson Group companies in Singapore are: Jardine Matheson (Singapore), Jardine Cycle & Carriage; Jardine Engineering Corporation; Jardine Lloyd Thompson; JOS; Innovix Distribution; Schindler Lifts; Gammon Construction; Hongkong Land; MCL Land; Mandarin Oriental, Singapore; and Dairy Farm Singapore (Cold Storage; Giant Hypermarket; 7-Eleven; and Guardian Health & Beauty).
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