The Finder interviews PJ Roberts, President of ANZA, to tell you everything you need to know about the Australian and New Zealand Association in Singapore.
What is ANZA and how does it work?
The Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA) was founded in 1948 to provide support to Australians and New Zealanders living in Singapore. It was founded by volunteers and became a registered society in August 1961. Today more than 300 volunteers run the many aspects of the association, supported by an executive board comprising 14 volunteers and a paid staff of 4 full-timers and 4 part-timers.
ANZA provides networking, social, sporting and cultural opportunities for expatriates from Australia and New Zealand, as all as for other nationalities living in Singapore. ANZA has a membership base in excess of 7000 expatriates, where approximately 65% of our members are from Australia and New Zealand, and the remainder are from over 60 other varied nationalities, including Singaporeans. Everyone is welcome at ANZA! We also support seven charities through our community arm ANZA Action.
What are some of the Calendar highlights we can expect to see over one year?
January: Great Australia Day BBQ
April: New Zealand Fashion Week Shopping Night Out in partnership with Harper’s BAZAAR and She Shop, Singapore Orchid Ball (sold out in two weeks!), Volunteer of the Year Awards at the Australian High Commission
June: The first Singapore Biggest Morning Tea – ANZA Action
August: The Bledisloe Series
October: The AFL Grand Final
November: The ANZA Melbourne Cup Even
December: The ANZA Action Charity Christmas Lunch
How does ANZA differ from the Chambers of Commerce?
ANZA has a strong focus on community, working to enhance the experience of expats and other community members by bringing them together through sports, groups and social events. The Chambers of Commerce have a stronger focus on business and business networking opportunities.
How many Australians and New Zealanders are living in Singapore?
The exact numbers are difficult to track as these statistics are not made available through ICA, but it is thought that there are around 20,000 Australians and 4,000 New Zealanders.
What benefits does an ANZA membership bring?
ANZA provides a home away from home for its members whilst also providing a strong platform for engagement in the local Singapore community through our sports groups and hands on charity engagement. We have more than 50 partners island wide, offering discounts and benefits exclusively to ANZA members.
Why should I become an ANZA member?
Because it’s the best association in Singapore.
What is special about the organization?
Sport is a big part of the Australian and New Zealand culture and soon became a big part of ANZA. The first children’s Soccer league started in 1975 and today has more than 800 children participating in a very successful league who were South East Asian Champions in 2014.
Today ANZA has more than 2000 members participating in an ANZA sport including AFL, athletics, cricket, cycling, netball, soccer and tennis.
ANZA also offers many interest groups, such as Business Women Networking, Investors Interest, Single Parents Support, Click Photography, Wine Club and many more. There’s always something for everyone to enjoy.
ANZA holds more than 40 tours a year which are focused on helping members better understand the local Singapore culture and community.
ANZA Soccer runs a program for local Singaporean youth from disadvantaged families by sponsoring both their ANZA membership and ANZA Soccer fees.
ANZA is also heavily involved in the local community through its charity arm ANZA Action. ANZA Action supports many local charities through both fundraising and hands on volunteering including:
Ronald Macdonald House
- RMH is located at the National University Hospital, Kent Ridge. It is a small facility supporting the Paediatric ICU.
- ANZA members staff the front desk here, usually on a Monday, but other days can be arranged. Shifts are from 9 am – 1pm, and 1 – 5 pm. Duties involve answering the phone, taking deliveries, etc. Please let me know if this interests you.
New2U Thrift Shop – This thrift shop supports the Star shelter for women. ANZA members volunteer here selling in the thrift shop and sorting clothes.
Riding For The Disabled – ANZA members assist with proving therapeutic riding sessions for disabled adults and children.
Salvation Army – ANZA members help with food delivery to the elderly in HDB accommodation. It holds a charity Christmas lunch each year to fundraise and collect donations of food and gifts.
Riverkids – Riverkids are a Cambodian charity with an office here in Singapore. The ANZA Black and White Ball is the major fundraiser for Riverkids.
Singapore Children’s Aid Society – The ANZA Black Tie 2015 will be fundraising to support Singapore Children’s Aid Society.
Singapore Cancer Society
- Knit with Love
- SCS have a weekday knitting programme to teach people to knit caps for chemotherapy patients. The caps go to the public hospitals and are a comfort to those undergoing chemo for the first time. ANZA members are teaching small groups to knit. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining.
- ANZA Action help provide drivers to take people to chemotherapy or radiotherapy weekday
The Biggest Morning Tea – ANZA Action hold the Biggest Morning Tea each year for fundraising activities.
Babes – Babes are a teen pregnancy support group. ANZA members volunteer by providing support to young pregnant teens.
IC2 Prephouse – IC2 Prep-house is a welfare organization working with children with low or no vision.
Clean Up the Beach – Each year in October ANZA Members get together to clean up a piece of Singapore’s East Coast Beach.