Ho Renchun
Writer / Entrepreneur
Corporate Sponsor:
Very Special Arts (VSA) Singapore
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Who are you? Tell us a bit more about yourself!

I like to write, and I co-founded an events company that my friend currently runs. I have both an introspective and an outgoing side, I enjoy academics but also the silly stuff. I like verdant forests and oceans just as much as skyscrapers in the city. It sounds like a dichotomy, but I guess I would say that beauty is in the balance.

What’s your story? Tell us about a life-changing incident.

I’ve had some failures and successes both, but I think my life thus far has generally been about finding identity and freedom, and crystallizing that through creative impulses. I remember when I first stood on stage and acted in a school drama I felt really alive. When I published my collection of poetry, I also felt like I had solidified something important to me. I can only imagine the difficulty those with disabilities go through, but this is why I can relate to how performance, visual arts and writing can enrich someone’s life; having something in your hands that makes you feel “this is me, this is how I know who I am or who I’m becoming”.

Why 50for50 and why now?

I think 50for50sg is a great and timely cause with truly passionate people involved. Edmund Burke said, “society is indeed a contract”, which can be taken to mean that there is a constant partnership and/or responsibility to pass down positive change generation to generation. All movements start from the individual so we have to keep up awareness with such initiatives. My siblings and I are working on this project together, of which I am the representative. I’m still in National Service waiting for university and so have the time and desire to challenge myself to do more of what I can to rally a good cause.

What gets you up in the morning?

I’m more of a night owl than a morning person, so don’t expect to see me waking up to catch the sunrise (more likely I’d stay up all night to see it!) Some days feel great, and then we all have our bad days. I try to cultivate some internal convictions for those tiring times. Positive thoughts and the right questions. Most of all I like to remind myself there is enough time for everything and to keep growing one step at a time.

Why this cause out of so many causes?

My siblings and I can identity with Very Special Arts (VSA) Singapore which has been working since 1993 to provide opportunities to people with disabilities to access the arts for rehabilitation and integration with society.
We all find solace or enjoyment in art in some way in our lives. We also often take for granted our body’s faculties. To those individuals with disabilities, I believe art has the power to relieve and express. We’d like to help such talented individuals to have more opportunities to enjoy creativity and find freedom in artistic interests.

Any experiences with charity or non-profit work before?

Yes, when I was 18 I was the fundraising captain for a school trip to Africa. Last year for my 19th birthday I started a “Climbing for Charity” initiative of climbing Mt. Kinabalu to raise funds for the Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped.

What kind of change are you looking to bring about as a changemaker?

I support 50for50sg’s fundamental aim to send the message that the young generation is not apathetic. We need to start somewhere in order to further build a positive culture where other young people feel motivated and empowered to be proactive in change. The “change” that each person seeks may vary greatly – evident in the fantastic variety of 50for50sg causes – yet all start from the same essence of wanting to do more to improve the aspects of society meaningful to us.

What is your big idea on how to raise funds for 50for50?

We will be creating a series of pieces which combine original photography and poetry, with the idea that the mix will strengthen each other’s nuances and resonance. We also plan to hold a few exhibitions at unique locations, and collaborate with VSA.
Each piece will be printed on large canvas and sell for $200. With a target of 125 sales, we’ll hit our goal of $25,000! No doubt not an easy task, but with your support it may just be possible!