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300+

Happy Children

70+

Caring Volunteers

10

Years of Experience

1

Common Goal

At the Heart
of Arc

We are committed to provide the best care to all our children. Keeping children well and happy will always be at the center of Arc’s mission and goal.

Just as an arc refers to part of a circumference of a circle, we at Arc Children’s Centre are committed to forming a meaningful part of the Circle of Care for children in need.

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Like how a star lights up the night sky, our star shows that hope can illuminate even the weariest heart. Arc aims to be a sanctuary where hope shines for the children and families in our care.
Our star icon consists of 5 arcs. Each arc represents one of our 5 core values:

Simplicity

To first and foremost meet the basic needs of the families in our care, while giving thanks to life’s simple gifts

Our Vision :

For every child who comes, to find joy again

Our Mission is to :

  • Provide a sanctuary for each child’s holistic development and learning
  • Inspire confidence to lead a fulfilling life
  • Nurture a supportive community for the children and their families

Our History :

IT ALL BEGAN WITH A BOY NAMED RAPHAEL.

Raphael was a brave little boy who lost his fight with cancer. Before his passing, Raphael had shared that his hope was for children to have a safe, welcoming place to rest and spend the day. His selfless wish is what spurred the creation of Arc, so other children like Raphael will benefit. The “R” in our name is a loving tribute to him.

 

SINCE JULY 2011, ARC HAS HELPED >240 CHILDREN WITH CANCER OR A LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS AND >80 OF THEIR SIBLINGS.

As an independent charity centre, everything we do for the kids is made possible thanks to the kindness and generosity of public donations and corporate sponsorships.

Facilities

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A new place, bright and cheery!

Arc’s premises feature an indoor play area complete with slides and climbing wall, as well as multi-sensory corner and custom-made library with cosy reading nooks for the children.

The open, modular setup allows versatile maximisation of space for both educational and enrichment activities to take place.

Team

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Mrs Goh Chok Tong

PATRON

"It is wonderful to see how dedicated the team has been to nurturing and enriching our children’s lives in a joyful and healthy environment. Above all, it is heartening to see how this mission remains anchored and entirely fuelled by love and the generosity of the community.

All of us remain grateful to our generous donors, including the foundations and corporations choosing to commit their corporate social responsibility initiatives with Arc, as well as our invaluable volunteers."
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Dr Rita Yeoh
Chairman Emeritus

(deceased June 2022)

"As I reflect on Arc’s life-changing work, I could not help but wonder why our wonderful team of teachers, staff and volunteers do what they do. It may seem obvious that as a responsible charity, Arc is expected to ensure that it remains well run and its work remains effective and sustainable. I can affirm that Arc qualifies all of these but what is at the heart of Arc’s mission? It is not purely for charity which most understand as lending a helping hand to those in need. The very calling of Arc is love – to bring true and committed love to our children."
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Mr Chia Ngiang Hong

CHAIRMAN

Group General Manager
    City Developments Limited
  • President of Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore
  • Board Member of Institute of Real Estate and Urban Studies, NUS
  • Head of Home Detention Advisory Committee 4
  • Fellow of Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers
  • Active in community and grassroots activities and serves as a Justice of the Peace
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Dr Sheila Vasoo

VICE CHAIRMAN

Senior Consultant and Rheumatologist
    The Arthritis & Rheumatology Clinic
  • Formerly Senior Consultant, Rheumatology Undergraduate Education Director and Programme Director of the Outpatient Infusion Services at NUH.
  • Board Member of Chapter of Rheumatologists, Singapore
  • Board Member of Joint Specialist Training Committee for Rheumatology
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Sharon Yee Yin Yin

TREASURER

Director (SE Asia)
    BNP Paribas Wealth Management
  • More than 18 years of experience in Private Banking, Sharon has held similar roles covering SEA UHNW clients in UBS AG and HSBC Private Bank.
  • Ex-co member/Co-founder of Ladies First
  • Member of Financial Women’s Association Singapore (FWA)
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Prof Chan Mei Yoke

DIRECTOR

Senior Consultant
    Paediatric Haematalogy / Oncology, KK Women's & Children's Hospital
  • Associate Professor at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at NUS, Duke-NUS Medical School and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at NTU
  • Chairman of KKH Clinical Ethics Committee
  • Advisor to Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF)
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Dr Lilian Leong

DIRECTOR

Retired Dental Surgeon
  • Over 30 years of experience as a General Dentist, both in the government service and private practice (part-time) until her retirement about 6 years ago.
  • Was an active volunteer in charities involving children.
  • These days, she prefers to spend her time amongst nature, bird photography and enjoying the company of her grandchildren.
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Dr Frances Yeap

DIRECTOR

Consultant
    Paediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant, Paediatric Haematology / Oncology National University Children's Medical Institute, NUH
  • Member of Royal College of Physicians, UK
  • Organising Committee of VIVA Asia BMT
  • Member of NUHkids Cancer Fund
  • Member of Paediatric Oncology Group, Singapore
  • Patron of Love, Nils

Geraldine Lee

Co-Founder & Centre Head

  • Geraldine’s professional career spanned across 30 years of Public Relations experience, to volunteering for a year then full-time at a charity before setting up Arc with Ronita in 2011.
  • In 2001, she won the inaugural National Volunteer Award for Outstanding Volunteer Co-ordinator Award by National Volunteer Centre presented by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong.
  • In 2015, she became an honoree of the Singapore Woman Award for her work at Arc, organised by MediaCorp and presented by Minister K Shanmugam.

Ronita Paul

Co-Founder & Centre Head

  • Ronita is a UK-trained nurse and state-certified midwife since 15 August 1977.
  • She dedicated 15 years of her work experience to a non-profit organisation and a further 19 years at a charity, before setting up Arc with Geraldine in 2011.
  • Awarded the Nurses Merit Award by the Ministry of Health.
  • In 2005, she was awarded the Children’s Hospice International Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children.
  • In 2015, she also became an honoree of the Singapore Woman Award for her work at Arc, organised by MediaCorp and presented by Minister K Shanmugam.

Geralding Wong

Assistant Centre Head

  • Geralding has over 20 years of experience as a HR professional, specialising in Compensation and Benefits, in the financial services (Deutsche Bank and ING Bank N.V.) and high technology/manufacturing (Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies) sectors.
  • She also worked in Hong Kong for 2 years covering the Asia-Pacific region and London for almost 4 years with a global remit in an international bank.
  • She was a regular volunteer at Arc since 2011 and an ambassador for Arc during her time at Deutsche Bank where she was nominated for the "Volunteer Award".
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