Singapore’s diplomatic fraternity and business leaders from 41 countries gather for humanity over gastronomic delights and cultural performances.
Singapore, 8 May 2018 – The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) will host its first Diplomatic Night on 22 May 2018. Organised jointly with Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore, the event will bring together over ambassadors, high commissioners, consular representatives and industry leaders from 41 countries, for an evening of cross-cultural sharing and networking. The Rossinochka School of Russian Traditional Dance will open the event with two performances, set to bring the beauty and colours of Russian winter to sunny Singapore. Guest-of-Honour Ambassador-at-Large Professor Tommy Koh will deliver the opening remarks, followed by a speech by the Dean of Diplomatic Corps, HE Ambassador Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz of Poland. “Singapore’s King of Swing” and Cultural Medallion recipient Jeremy Monteiro will perform three tunes, climaxing in the jazzed up “Singapura”. Mr Benjamin William, Secretary General/CEO of the Singapore Red Cross says, “Through the bi-annual Red Cross International Bazaar, the diplomatic community is a constant fundraiser and supporter of our causes. Beyond that, I see them as a critical partner in our humanitarian response, both in Singapore and abroad, and in building a coalition for resilience. By inaugurating the Diplomatic Night, we hope to catalyse the cultivativation of deeper ties with our diplomatic corps and foster more cross-cultural and lifesaving collaborations.” In conjunction with Diplomatic Night, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel will launch an exclusive menu carefully prepared by its Executive Chef, David Toh. Guests will be treated to exquisite cuisine featuring an ensemble of ingredients sourced from around the world. Created with culinary methods from a creative mix of different disciplines, the gastronomic extravaganza symbolises unity in diversity – of different countries and their people – with hearts beating as one.
“The partnership between Red Cross & Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel is perfect because both organisations are passionate about their beliefs and core values, working together to inspire more people to make the world a better place,” shared Mr Cheong Hai Poh, General Manager of Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.
At the dinner reception, Singapore Red Cross will exhibit its local and international humanitarian efforts, and hold a silent auction of 10 paintings by residents of Red Cross Home for the Disabled, hand-in-hand with employee-volunteers of Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. The auction will raise funds for community services such as ElderAid, FoodAid and TransportAid, aimed at uplifting vulnerable Singaporeans.
About Singapore Red Cross
Singapore Red Cross is a homegrown humanitarian organisation, dedicated to relieving human suffering, protecting lives and dignity and responding to emergencies since 1949. We serve the vulnerable through our blood donor recruitment programme, home and day activity centre for the disabled, transport aid, food aid, and community first aid. We build capacity and resilience through our training academy, and volunteer and youth development. Beyond our shores, we mobilise and translate contributions from the donor community to relief and recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts, with the aim of helping communities affected by disasters. For more information, please see
About Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
Overlooking the historic Singapore River, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore is a premier deluxe conference hotel where luxurious elegance and contemporary style go hand in hand. It is ideally located near the Central Business District and the waterfront precincts of Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay. Guest facilities include the gymnasium, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, hair, beauty and wellness services. The hotel also boasts an integrated dining destination encompassing Food Capital, an interactive buffet restaurant, Grissini, a contemporary Italian grill and Tempo, a dynamic bar. All three outlets are housed under one roof at the lobby on level one. For Shanghainese food, tantalise your palate with exquisite Shanghainese creations at Grand Shanghai. The Waterfront Conference Centre located at level two of the hotel, has 33 versatile meeting rooms with natural daylight, providing meeting planners a one-stop solution for all events.