Festive Season Amazing “Raise” – Saturday, 11 January 2020

Festive Season Amazing Raise

This financial year 2019-2020, has without fail been eventful so far. In view of SAVH’s Festivity of Giving, we are grateful and appreciate your generosity to mark the coming festive season. To celebrate the festive season with kindness and giving, we are organising a fundraising event called ‘Festive Season Amazing “Raise”‘ to be held on Saturday, 11 January 2020. Visually handicapped clients will participate alongside donor participants or volunteers on a unique journey of fundraising race with festive activities; starting from SAVH and moving along a route encompassing stopovers at a few selected places of interests during festivities around the island. The four selected places will include Bugis, Little India, Holland Village and Chinatown for their cultural association to the four major festivals of Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali, Christmas and Chinese New Year.

For those who have supported SAVH in the past, we thank you for your continued support. Your gift is an extremely important one as it offers immediate resources that are directed to our new initiatives and on-going programmes and services.

To make a donation to support this event, kindly complete the Reply Form and return it to us via post or email it to enquiries@savh.org.sg or Fax to 6253 7191. You will be pleased to know that all donations will be eligible for the 250% tax deduction. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Margaret Teng, Manager of Fundraising/Public Relations/Volunteer Management at 6251 4331 (Ext.115) or Mr Kevin Koh, Finance Manager at (Ext.117).

We wish you all the warmest tidings of the coming festive seasons! May you be visited with good health and happiness all the days of your life!

International White Cane Day 2019 – Saturday, 12 October 2019

SAVH Event

The International White Cane Day 2019 will be held on Saturday, 12 October 2019 at SAVH premises.

The International White Cane Day is celebrated worldwide on 15 October every year with the mission to educate the world about blindness and how the visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities, to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by blind people in a sighted world and to honour the many contributions made by the visually impaired.

VI Sports Awareness Carnival Launch – 15 June 2019

VI Sports Awareness

Visually Impaired Sports Awareness Carnival 2019 is jointly organised by SAVH, Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore Disability Sports Council and People’s Association Youth Movement. The Official Launch date of the event is scheduled on Saturday, 15 June 2019, 1-3pm at SAVH premises.

Our visually impaired clients are invited to the launch to learn about and try on the sports. Sports booths will be setup for Ten-pin Bowling, Tandem Cycling, Goalball, Guided Run (Athletics) and Laser Shooting. For more information, check out at here

Goodie bags will be given to registered clients. Free gifts and prizes will be distributed while stocks last. In addition, high tea reception will be provided.

For registration and enquiry, please contact Janice Tan at Tel: 6251 4331 ext 214, e-mail: Janice@savh.org.sg or contact Serene Ng at 6251 4331.

Flag Day 2019

Flag Day 2019

Greetings from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH)!

We truly appreciate your past and continuous support of our Flag Day events over the years!

Our coming Flag Day is scheduled on Saturday, 27 July 2019 from 8 am to 5 pm. We are pleased to inform that once again we shall be adopting the Buddy System, whereby sighted volunteers can opt to be paired with our visually handicapped clients, therefore making Flag Day an even more exciting and meaningful affair.

We are happy to announce that there shall be 7 Reporting Centres for your selection and convenience: HQ at SAVH premises (47 Toa Payoh Rise), Toa Payoh HDB Hub, Woodlands MRT Station, Jurong East MRT Station, Serangoon MRT Station, Bugis MRT Station and Tampines MRT Station.

The objectives of our Flag Day 2019 are two-fold; to raise much needed funds for supporting programmes for our clients, and to create awareness of our mission & vision statements while inspiring the spirit of volunteerism and inclusiveness in our community.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us for this event while embracing our motto to ‘Help the Visually Handicapped Help Themselves’. To register for the Flag Day, click Registration Form.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Tel: 6251 4331 ext 129 (Kan Teck San) or ext 113 (Dolores) or e-mail us at project@savh.org.sg.

MAVIS Trial: Call for Participants

On 30th Jan 2019, in collaboration with SG Enable, LTA announced a six-month trial of the MAVIS Bus App for commuters with disabilities. This app provides travel assistance for persons with visual, hearing impairment and wheelchair users on selected public bus services. (See below for news coverage of the trial)

The trial will start with bus service 139 that passes by the Enabling Village, where SG Enable is located, and will run until 30 April. Following that, the trial will continue with bus service 141, which passes by Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH), until end of June 2019.

The features of MAVIS include:

  • User App: Users select the desired bus service as well as the boarding and alighting bus stops. The information will be sent to the bus captain of the selected bus service. The app will display the waiting time for the arrival of the bus and send reminders to users to alight at the selected bus stop when they are on board the bus.
  • Driver Display Unit: To inform bus captains of commuters with disabilities waiting to board their bus at selected bus stops so that they could render the necessary assistance.
  • Induction Loop Aerial: Located towards the rear of the bus (marked as T-Loop area) for internal stop announcements transmitted to hearing aids.
  • Internal Speakers: On board the bus, for the broadcasting of bus stop announcements.
  • External Speaker: To announce the service number at bus stops (only when activated by users with visual impairment).

This trial is opened to persons with visual, hearing impairment and wheelchair users. To participate in the trial, interested users have to register with SG Enable via email mavis@sgenable.sg

The feedback collected from this trial will be used by LTA to assess the feasibility for future deployment.

For any questions regarding the registration of the MAVIS trial, feel free to email SG Enable at mavis@sgenable.sg or call their hotline at 1800 8585 885.

For visually impaired persons, enquiries and assistance with setting up and learning to use the app will also be provided by SAVH, please call 6251 4331 ext 152, or email kwekbin@savh.org.sg

In an effort to encourage visually impaired users to take part in the trial, staged trials are being conducted where visually impaired participants will be arranged to go through the trial in groups with assistance from LTA, SG Enable and SAVH. Participants will be assisted with setup of the app on their smartphones, briefed on its use, then given the chance to actually try using the app at actual bus stops, then their feedback will be collected. Interested persons can contact either SG Enable or SAVH at the contact details provided above for more information.

Media Coverage of the Trial
Straits Times: LTA trials new app for commuters with special needs

Straits Times: New app for commuters with special needs being tested

Yahoo News Singapore: Six-month trial for assistive technologies on buses for commuters with special needs

Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报: 陆交局推出新应用 助残疾者搭巴士

Donation Draw 2019 Results

Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped

Donation Draw Results

Drawn on Friday, 15 March 2019 at SAVH, 47 Toa Payoh Rise, Singapore 298104


1st Prize ($12,000): 8009172

2nd Prize ($10,000) : 8036942

3rd Prize ($8,000) :  8053851

20 Prizes – $80 Touch Art Hamper & Vouchers

8006079   8007548   8010359   8014021   8014315
8016915   8035235   8045483   8046872   8052598  
8054475   8061465   8067777   8070181   8072009  
8072318   8079216   8083229   8084495   8092317  

Winning tickets must be presented to claim prizes. Prizes not claimed by Monday, 20 May 2019 shall be forfeited. All unclaimed prizes will be disposed of at SAVH’s discretion.

SAVH thanks all donors and volunteers for their support.

SAVH Charity Banquet 2019 – 13 March 2019

SAVH Event

2019 marks a very special year for the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) as we reflect upon our Association’s humble beginnings and challenging journey, how far we have progressed and what holds for the future of our visually handicapped community, even as we join our Nation in celebrating Singapore’s Bicentennial.

We would like to share our accomplishments with those who have journeyed with us along the way as well as to cultivate new patronage and supporters to jointly raise funds which will enable us to improve and expand our existing programmes and services and initiate new ones to cater to the needs of an increasing community of visual impaired including an increasing number of aged visually handicapped as the population ages.

Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Venue: Mandarin Orchard Hotel at 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Time: 6.30pm (Cocktail Session), Guest to be seated by 7.00pm
Guest-of-Honour:Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance

Come join us for an evening of dignified and glamorous celebration replete with exquisite dining and exciting entertainment and, while doing so, help our beneficiaries through the following avenues:

• Event Sponsorship
• Make a Donation and be entitled to Dinner Table(s) / Individual seat(s)
• Outright donations

We would like to invite you, your business partners/associates and friends in our cause. A copy of our reply form is here for your kind support. please complete the Reply Form and email it to tecksan@savh.org.sg. Table purchase, event sponsorships and outright donations will be entitled to 2.5 times tax exemption.

We would be happy to follow up with you personally on this endeavour once we have an indication of your interest to help us in this worthy cause. Should you have queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Kan Teck San at 6251 4331 x 129 or tecksan@savh.org.sg.

We invite you to participate in our journey in making a difference to the Visually Handicapped community. With the festive season of giving coming along, may I wish you a happy and wonderful New Year in 2019!

International White Cane Day 2018 – 20 October 2018

SAVH Event

The International White Cane Day 2018 will be held on Saturday,20 October 2018 at SAVH premises.

The International White Cane Day is celebrated worldwide on 15 October every year with the mission to educate the world about blindness and how the visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities, to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by blind people in a sighted world and to honour the many contributions made by the visually impaired.

Marina Bay Sands’ Play It Forward 2018 – 26 August 2018

Marina Bay Sands Play It Forward 2018

SAVH is excited to be a benefitting charity of Play It Forward, Marina Bay Sands’ one and only property-wide charity challenge!

You can support our cause by forming a six-person team to represent our charity and help us to secure cash prizes donated by Marina Bay Sands. Registration is now open and closes on 3 August 2018. Find out more here!

About Play It Forward
Play It Forward and Play It Forward Junior are part of Marina Bay Sands’ 6th annual Sands for Singapore Charity Festival. From up high at the Sands SkyPark right down to ArtScience Museum, this charity challenge will take players around the integrated resort to complete creative games to secure cash prizes for charity.

Members of the public can form teams to represent a local charity of their choice* to participate in the fourth edition of Play It Forward. Children will also have the chance to give back with the return of Play It Forward Junior, a child-friendly version of the original charity competition designed specifically for kids aged 7 to 12.

*Participants will choose their charity from a list of charities provided by Marina Bay Sands. SAVH is a benefitting organisation of Play It Forward and please support us!

About Sands for Singapore Charity Festival
The Festival is a multi-day event that aims to raise public awareness of our partner charities, and raise funds for them through a series of meaningful events that utilise every facet of the integrated resort. Since 2013, Marina Bay Sands has raised almost S$20 million for local charities.