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Smiles lighted up our faces as staff and scholars celebrated the Singapore National Co-operative Federation’s (SNCF) Ruby Anniversary a day earlier on 17 September 2020 by expending both time and money to support Food from the Heart’s (FFTH) Community Food Pack programme. FFTH is a non-profit organisation that feeds the needy through its food distribution programme.

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In addition to sorting and packing over 300 food goodie bags, SNCF staff and scholars pooled together over $1,000 to purchase 40 food packs of 10 items, which include coffee, tea, biscuits, vermicelli, and canned meats, fish and vegetables for the FFTH Community Food Pack programme. The programme helps the less-fortunate put food on the table and offset their living expenses.

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As part of the celebration, SNCF gave away 40 goodie bags to its Facebook and Instagram followers who provided the correct answer and tagged a friend.

Two lucky winners walked away with a limited edition SPF200 Framed Badges of Past to Present SPF Vehicles and Lightbox of the Old Hill Street Police Station (worth $80.90!). The winners were selected based on the most likes to their comments - one each on Facebook and Instagram. The gifts are sponsored by the POLWEL Co-operative.



This year 2020 - it is 40 years ago that SNCF was registered with 20 founder members. Today SNCF has over 60 members.  Here are some fun facts to recap the Singapore Co-operative Movement’s journey:

1 thennow TGA
SNCF held its first general meeting on 14 March 1981 and just concluded its very first virtual 14th Triennial General Assembly (TGA)! Why is there TGA? TGA allows its co-op members to review the financials, raise matters for discussion and the exciting part - to vote and elect members for SNCF Executive Council. Very much like the nation's general election ✔

2 thennow sncf logo
#DidYouKnow, there is an "=" symbol in the current SNCF logo? It symbolises equality!

SNCF logo, refreshed in 2011, uses a bold and strong typeface to present strength and solidarity in the Co-operative Movement. The ‘C’ encapsulates the word ‘Co-operative’ as a visual symbol of the principles of self-help and mutual help to serve society. The design of the ‘=’ symbol as part of the ‘F’ seeks to depict equality among all co-operative members.

Take a look how SNCF logo has evolved over time here.

3 thennow ACLC
SNCF Annual Co-operative Leaders' Conference (ACLC) was first held in 1994 - that's 26 years ago!

Fast forward, the 2019 ACLC, together with affiliates, was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. While the 2020 ACLC plans were smashed due to the pandemic, the co-op movement is huddling virtually through webinars and sharing sessions to keep co-operators enriched 💞

4 thennow first coop
64 affiliates, 4 co-op sectors, 37 scholars and 18 staff strong, the co-op movement is one of self and mutual help, where we believe like-minded individuals can come together and make the society a better place - through co-operation, equality and care for community too! ❤

You can join the co-op movement too by being a member of a co-op, apply as a scholar, join youth events or start-up your own co-op! 💡

5 thennow events
Do you remember #coopsiol?

When Singapore commemorated its Bicentennial in 2019, the co-op movement showcased its contributions to nation-building through pop-up art installations. President Halimah Yacob was invited to launch the book "Singapore Co-operatives, Singapore Stories", which you can spot it in our public libraries and schools!

And here's also a walk down memory lane of the Co-operative Day Carnival in 1986.

6 thennow scholars
SNCF believes that youth have the power to make the difference. The apex body has supported 13 batches of #ScholarsWithAHeart through our SNCF Co-op Scholarship.

Take a look at the very first batch of scholars in 2008 here.

7 thennow rochdale
#DidYouKnow, there are road names in Singapore that are related to co-ops?

1️⃣ The former Singapore Government Servants’ Housing Co-operative named the road fronting their housing projects in the Paya Lebar estate Rochdale Road, after the Rochdale Pioneers who started the world’s first co-op in 1844. Another road, Thrift Drive, celebrates the virtue of thrift that co-ops promote and uphold.

2️⃣ Kadayanallur Street is named after the South Indian town of Kadayanallur where many of the Tamil Muslims in Singapore originally came from. And we also have a credit co-op, Singapore Kadayanallur Muslim Co-operative Thrift & Loan Society formed in 1948, to cater to this migrant community.

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