While dine-ins have thankfully resumed — a godsend for restaurants and our collective sanities — eateries across Singapore continue to struggle to make ends meet. It’s why the team behind the #savefnbsg campaign came together to create a new initiative to help not just restaurateurs but also children from low income households. They call their new programme Hi5SG.
A play on the current five-person rule for dine-ins, the Hi5SG initiative has partnered with restaurants across Singapore to offer a range of special dining experiences and promotions unique to each establishment. The best part? A portion of the proceeds from these experiences will go towards charity, with selected restaurants offering to provide dollar-for-dollar donations.
About 70 restaurants have already joined the initiative — which will run for exactly five months — with more to come.
Highlights include a special five-course lunch menu at the National Gallery’s Italian restaurant Art — run by acclaimed chef Beppe de Vito — as well as S$55 set menus at restaurants such as Zafferano and Tess Bar & Kitchen.
In all, Hi5SG hopes to raise a total of S$300,000 for its adopted charity =DREAMS, a new initiative aimed at providing children and teens from low-income households with a conducive environment to break out of the cycle of poverty.
Set up by the South Central Community Family Service Centre — which was formerly known as the Bukit Ho Swee Family Service Centre — the =DREAMS programme functions a little like a prep school: During weekdays in the school term, children in the =DREAMS programme will live on the charity’s premises. There, they will receive support with their schoolwork, as well as supplementary classes to help them develop extracurricular skills: Think coding lessons, leadership workshops and critical-thinking camps.
The organisation hopes that, by providing these children with a safe and encouraging environment to complete their studies, it will enable its wards to achieve a future without being limited by their familial circumstances.
The =DREAMS initiative is in the process of selecting a venue for the school, and aims to begin accepting students by the end of next year.
For the full list of participating restaurants and their promotions, click here.