About Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation
Instituted in June 1994, the APB Foundation seeks to ignite compassion and inspire through our philanthropic efforts. The Foundation sets resources in motion to help people and organisations improve talents, enhanced educational and research endeavours as well as better living conditions. In turn, it fuels society and enable the communities, where it lives and works, to flourish.
Committed to supporting Human Excellence, Creativity Development and Humanitarian Causes, the APB Foundation is involved in a variety of initiatives that range from arts funding and backing talent-building projects for human capital development, to engaging in meaningful partnerships with organisations or individuals who share our common goal to serve the society.
The APB Foundation is a registered Charity with Institution of Public Character (IPC) status in Singapore. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the HEINEKEN Company in Singapore. The HEINEKEN Company has three entities in Singapore: HEINEKEN Asia Pacific, HEINEKEN Asia Pacific Exports and Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore.
For more information, visit www.apbfoundation.org.sg.
SPD is a voluntary welfare organisation that supports people with disabilities by promoting their interest, welfare and advancement so as to develop their potential to the fullest. Through programmes and services that encompass therapy, vocational skills training, assistive technology, early intervention, day care, and employment, educational and social support, we seek to enable people with disabilities to be self-reliant and independent.
For more information, please visit www.spd.org.sg.
Daniel Seah Wei Jian had always wanted to be an accountant when he was growing up. He took a step closer to his dreams when he was awarded the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities in 2012. Daniel was born with brittle bone disease and has had a history of multiple fractures, but he did not let his disability deter him from achieving his dreams. In fact, it motivated him to work even harder. Daniel excelled in his accountancy studies at the Singapore Polytechnic and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Nanyang Technological University. He joined one of the major accounting firms in Singapore after graduation and works there as a tax associate now.
Due to the severity of his medical condition, Shalom Lim Ern Rong has very limited upper body movements and uses a motorised wheelchair for mobility. With sheer determination to excel academically, he graduated with a Diploma in Business with Merit in 2015 from Temasek Polytechnic. In the same year, Shalom was awarded the APB Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities to pursue a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Security at the Singapore Institute of Technology. He was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) when he was just four months old and requires assistance in all his activities of daily living. Shalom aspires to be a lecturer and wants to inspire hope in those living with DMD.
Lisa Ong Hui Xin was awarded the APB Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities in 2014 for her undergraduate accountancy studies at the Nanyang Technological University. Diagnosed with hearing loss in both ears at birth, it did not stop Lisa from loving and appreciating music. In fact, she attained a Grade 8 and Grade 3 certification in piano and the cello respectively. She now works
as an auditor at one of Singapore’s Big Four accounting firms where she joined after graduation. Lisa hopes to inspire those with hearing loss to enjoy music and be empowered by it.
Yip Pin Xiu wanted to major in psychology, sociology or political science so that she could pursue a career in sports, either as a psychologist, a coach or a motivational speaker. She was awarded the APB Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities in 2013 to further her studies in Bachelor of Social Science at the Singapore Management University. Although Pin Xiu’s condition continues to deteriorate, she remains competitive and went on to become the first Singapore athlete to win multiple gold medals at the Paralympics and smashed several world records. She wants to advocate for disability sports and shares her life experience to motivate people in go for their dreams.
Seeing what her father went through after coming out of a massive stroke and having to take long periods of absence from work, Sarah wants to pursue a doctorate in human rights and ethics so that she could be a human rights advocate. For Sarah, this experience has highlighted the need for better support for persons with disabilities who require medical help as they could be disadvantaged by their circumstances. Sarah, who was diagnosed with dyslexia and Asperger’s Syndrome, was awarded the APB Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities in 2016 for her studies in Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the National University of Singapore. Losing her father has also made Sarah more resilient and determined to fulfil her dreams.
Joshua scored a perfect score of 4.0 for his Grade Point Average in his Diploma in Law and Management at Temasek Polytechnic. This was despite his undergoing of nine surgeries, including two emergency operations, during his diploma studies so as to keep his eye condition under check as he was diagnosed with Juvenile Open-Angle Glaucoma. Joshua is now pursuing a degree in Linguistics & Multilingual Studies at the Nanyang Technological University after being awarded the APB Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities. He intends to pursue a double minor in public policy and global affairs (PPGA) and communication studies, and also has plans to to read law at the postgraduate level and maintain a sharp interest in pursuing a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree at the Singapore Management University.
After losing her hearing when she was 8-years-old due to a high fever, Teo Zi Lin’s speech was also affected as she could not enunciate certain words. Undeterred, Zi Lin managed to overcome her weakness in speech and delivered her valedictorian speech at Ngee Ann Polytechnic on graduation day. Zi Lin continues to pursue a degree in Communciations and New Media at the National University of Singapore after she was awarded a APB Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities. She aspires to be a web designer and a user-experience consultant. Zi Lin also wants to advocate for greater inclusion in the community.