Making A Difference In Lives

TRAILBLAZER GENERAL FUND

The Trailblazer General Fund focuses on:

  • Sponsoring the education and development of Singaporeans who have unique talent or innovative ideas and who can make a difference to the community;
  • Sponsoring the education and development of ASEAN students who are studying or training in Singapore;
  • Sponsoring events and programmes to enrich opportunities for youths and the disabled to enable them to excel.

APPLICATION

Individuals or organisations who are seeking funds can submit a brief proposal.

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LIVES WE HAVE TOUCHED



“Today, I compose for various ensembles, conduct premieres of new works, and teach at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (NUS). Definitely a dream come true!” - Chen Zhangyi

Music was a passion that I have pursued without much hesitation from a very young age; thanks in part to the support that is fortunately available in Singapore. In my early secondary school days at Anglican High, I already knew that I wanted to do music.

I managed to get into the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory after my NS, and majored in Composition; which eventually led me to the Peabody Institute in the US. I was very fortunate to have the Trailblazer Foundation play a supportive role as a sponsor when I pursued my graduate studies, as I went on to complete my degrees in Composition and Theory Pedagogy.

Today, I compose for various ensembles, conduct premieres of new works, and teach at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (NUS). Definitely a dream come true!

Please click here to view news article on Chen Zhangyi.



“I have been sailing for 18 years of my life, and from a young age, I have been spurred by my competitive spirit to represent Singapore at the highest level of sailing at the Olympics.” - Colin Cheng

I feel very privileged to have had the support of the Trailblazer Foundation to realise my dream. It has allowed me to focus entirely on putting on my best performance at the Games.

Over the course of the Olympics campaign I have become a more well-rounded sailor because I had to overcome numerous setbacks and distractions. In the process I have learnt more about myself. I worked with a diverse independent training group headed by an Australian coach; training with sailors from Norway, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, Italy, and even acting as a translator for Chinese sailors.

I have been fortunate enough to experience different cultures in a variety of venues, and seen for myself the differences and similarities these societies share.



“Talent development does not happen in a vacuum; I have been very fortunate to be able to pursue and realise my dreams in teaching, performing, and researching dance.” - Joey Chua

For my PhD thesis, I investigated the talent development of dancers in Finland and Singapore. The results revealed that social support – emotional, informational, and instrumental support —from significant people is a major catalyst.

Talent development does not happen in a vacuum; I have been very fortunate to be able to pursue and realise my dreams in teaching, performing, and researching dance. I owe this to a number of benefactors, and Trailblazer is one of them.



“As part of the EQUAL Therapy program, beneficiaries attend sixteen sessions (each lasting between 2.5 to 3 hours) that have target outcomes focusing on achieving cognitive-behavioural change through participation in equine-related activities.” - EQUAL-ARK Singapore

EQUAL-ARK Singapore Ltd is an Institution of a Public Character (IPC) under the Ministry of Social and Family Development. EQUAL-ARK provides equine (EQUAL) therapy to its clients.

EQUAL Therapy is a psycho-social intervention programme that caters to vulnerable youth. Our programme has also been adapted to deliver character and citizenship education (CCE) to NorthLight School and Spectra Secondary School.

In 2011, the Trailblazer General Fund and the T-Touch Fund had each provided $211,000 towards a 3-year pilot EQUAL therapy project for students of NorthLight School, Assumption Pathway and two other special schools.

Since then, EQUAL-ARK has been working with over 12 organisations and 1000 beneficiaries, growing from 80 to 400 beneficiaries per year.

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“I am now living my childhood dream of becoming a footwear designer in London.” - Firdaos bin Rasiff

I am now living my childhood dream of becoming a footwear designer in Cordwainers College in London and the journey has been nothing short of a blast. Coming from a small island, and a humble background should not stop you from chasing your dreams.

With integrity, determination, perseverance and the desire for constant self-improvement, nothing is impossible. The Trailblazer Foundation has been instrumental and extremely helpful in my endeavour.



“I have performed in numerous recitals in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and London focusing on repertoire for the Horn in various solo and chamber combination.” - Kartik Alan

I hold a Bachelors of Music (Honors) from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and a Masters of Music in Performance (Distinction) from the Royal College of Music, London. My education was generously supported by National Arts Council Singapore, Lee Foundation and Trailblazer Foundation. I was also the recipient of the Michael Quinn Award from the Royal College of Music.

I have performed in numerous recitals in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and London focusing on repertoire for the Horn in various solo and chamber combination. I am also one of the founding members of the wind quintet EDQ who were the finalist and winner of the Composer's Prize at the prestigious 7th International Henri Tomasi Wind Quintet competition.

I joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as section horn from the 2015/2016 concert season.



“I transformed from a naive young man, full of ambitions, to an undergraduate who is passionate about the built environment.” - Kock Ming Tai

The past two years in Singapore have been an amazing journey for my personal growth. I transformed from a naïve young man, full of ambitions, to an undergraduate who is passionate about the built environment. For me, finding the right scholarship was a lengthy process. The Trailblazer scholarship was a God-send.

I am currently pursuing a double-degree programme - Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the NTU. One of my recent achievements was to be placed on the Dean’s List of the NTU School of Humanities and Social Sciences. I could not have made it without support from Trailblazer Foundation.

I now live in a place away from home and I shudder at the thought of where my destiny is going to bring me; but at my core, I am still passionate about creating a better, livable society.



“Since young, I enjoy Mathematics very much as I see a lot of fun in it!” - Liang Yong Shi

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor in Mathematical Sciences (Year 3) at the NTU. Since young, I enjoy Mathematics very much as I see a lot of fun in it! Mathematics expresses itself almost everywhere in our lives; be it in nature all around us or in technologies in our hands.

I appreciate the opportunity to pursue a degree in Mathematical Sciences in such a prestigious university, but this dream can never be possible without Trailblazer Foundation! Thanks Trailblazer for providing me with such a golden opportunity.



“A key part of my motivation is in spreading appreciation and involvement with the arts, both as a teacher and in charity and social work with lower-income and under-represented communities.” - Nabillah Jalal

I graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano Performance in 2016. I have been playing the piano since I was four but it never crossed my mind that I would pursue Music at university level. Four years of living overseas has taught me to be an independent woman; to transcend circumstances and to always trust the process. I was given the opportunity to perform widely in Europe but the highlight was my first post-graduation project as music director for a British-Singapore collaboration where we explored the idea of marrying traditional Malay music and dance with contemporary music and dance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. My time there has made me realise that I am in a position where I can be an ambassador for Malay music.

A key part of my motivation is in spreading appreciation and involvement with the arts, both as a teacher and in charity and social work with lower-income and under-represented communities. In 2017, I will be piloting an after-school arts programme for low-income Malay primary school students in a mosque in Singapore; with plans to expand this programme islandwide in the next 3 years.

In trying times, my roots to home, “Di mana bumi dipijak, di situ langit di junjung”, give me faith and keep me grounded.

Please click here to view news article on Nabillah Jalal.



“I champion the importance of storytelling in the Singaporean culture and hope to create tales which will bring smiles to faces all around the world.” - Darel Seow

I am a storyteller who illustrates the tales of the natural world through my unique brand of wry wit and whimsy. I am an illustration graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.

I enjoy working with museums and cultural institutions where my work encourages imagination and learning through play. I champion the importance of storytelling in the Singaporean culture and hope to create tales which will bring smiles to faces all around the world.



“My dream is to eventually contribute towards the development of the arts and culture in Singapore.” - Song Ziliang

My musical journey started in 2004 when I left Singapore to further my studies in piano performance at the Moscow Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, London. Being at the heart of Europe, I was able to witness first-hand the vibrant music scene overseas, bringing me closer to the type of art form that I was pursuing. This led me to wonder if our local music scene was capable of reaching or even surpassing that in Europe. On the other hand, my stint overseas also led me to appreciate Singapore much more, from the infrastructure to our wonderful Singapore cuisine.

With the intention to contribute towards the arts and music scene, I returned to Singapore in 2012 and started teaching piano performance at NAFA. In 2013, I joined MOE as a teacher in Music and Elements of Business Skills. My journey in MOE allows me to share music with more than 1000 students annually and broadens my horizons in the field of education. My dream is to eventually contribute towards the development of the arts and culture in Singapore as a policy maker in public administration; in return for the extraordinary trust the Trailblazer Foundation has placed in me through taking care of my education and musical journey through the years.

Please click here to view news article on Song Ziliang.



“I hope to set up the first baroque orchestra in Singapore, and spread my passion for historically-informed music and dance through teaching and performing.” - Tan Qin Ying

I am currently a doctoral candidate in harpsichord performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. I have performed throughout the world. This includes the United States of America, China, Germany, France, Malaysia, and my home, Singapore.

I hope to set up the first baroque orchestra in Singapore, and spread my passion for historically-informed music and dance through teaching and performing.



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