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The Set-Up

You’ve landed on new shores, or perhaps you’re ready for a new path on your career trek, and you’ve got plans to set-up in business. But have you really thought about what it takes to form a company in Singapore asks Charley Larcombe?

We Mean Business: The CBD district of Singapore
Photography by Rafael Dalmau

It took me forever to find a job. I rather arrogantly thought that down to international experience I’d find an Editor role not long after stepping off the plane. A week went by, then a month, then two… I was a total nightmare to live with because not only was I broke, bored and bitchy; I’m simply unsuited to not working. It reduces me to total laziness. You know that saying “if you want something doing, ask a busy person”? Yep, I had all the time in the world and I spent about half of it being productive by job searching and the other half fretting.
I also spent time looking into setting up my own freelance company. Researching ACRA and MOM and numerous other acronyms; talking to anyone I met who’d launched a business here; reading The Entrepreneur online every day… left me none the wiser. Especially as the information seemed to be so conflicting – and ever-changing. Nightmare.
Recently I met up with Katherine Chapman – you can catch her at one of the ANZA business events later this year. Her company, CSLB, essentially leads you through the jungle that is company set up here in Singapore. 45minutes with her and… well it’s still a jungle out there, but it is definitely possible to be the King.
As well as the numerous questions I had on business set ups, we did also discuss a couple of other options…

Stop. And think.
Your wife/husband/ partner is offered an incredible opportunity and you get caught up in the excitement of new adventures and all of the travel that makes Singapore such a good base. You hand in your notice and think that you’ll look for work once you land and once you’ve settled the most pressing issues – where are we going to live? Will the kids have a school space? Where stocks that familiar brand of coffee? There’s lots of chat from the respective HRs assuring your significant other that there are plenty – and most importantly easy – options for you. Oh how reality differs…
So take a breath and first of all talk to your employer – you may be surprised that they’ll be willing for you to work remotely.
Of course, this is all well and good but we’re already here; you’ve probably already done the move. It’s always easy to look back and say, “If only I’d…” – but maybe there is still the opportunity back at your previous role to enquire. It’s worth a shot.

Set up at home
“A Letter of Consent (LoC) will not be required when:

  • The Dependent’s Pass (DP) holder is working for an overseas company from home; and
  • The overseas company has no local presence; and
  • The DP holder is not meeting or providing services to clients in Singapore.
  • Therefore, you may still perform work for your overseas employer via telecommunicating from home if all the above requirements are met.”

So states the MOM. They don’t mind you working here… if you’re not really working here. If you’re working from home, on your offshore company and not meeting clients here in Singapore, you’re good to go. Being a boss. In your pyjamas. SOLD.
Alternatively, if you’re adamant about launching your business here, you really have two options.

We Mean Business: the CBD District of Singapore
Photography by Raf Dalmau

A SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP

WHAT IS IT?
It’s a business owned by one person or one company. There are no partners and the Sole Proprietor (SP) has complete influence in the running of the business. If you are either a Singapore citizen, a PR, a foreign individual deemed as a person living outside of Sing’ or a local company, then you are eligible.

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

  • Get approval for the business name with ACRA.
  • Provide a description of the actual business – i.e. what will you be doing?
  • Register the business address. Homeowners can conduct small-scale businesses out of their residential property as long as they’re not employing ‘external employees’ and must have written go ahead to use their homes for home office use.

ADVANTAGES

  • It is the easiest and least expensive business structure to set up
  • Terminating a SP is easier, less time consuming and less expensive than other business entities.
  • You are free of the obligation of filing returns annually and only need to renew your membership either every year or three years.
  • Profits of the SP are treated as income of the individual who owns the entity and this is subjected to a tax rate as that of personal income (0-20%).

DISADVANTAGES

  • The registered owner is financially and legally responsible for all debts.
  • Creditors may sue for debts incurred and can obtain a court order to claim your personal assets.
  • Capital is limited to your personal finances and the profits generated by the company so business expansion is limited and difficult.
  • You can transfer the business only by the sale of assets, not the name.
  • To work for an SP, you cannot apply on an Employment Pass (EP).

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
A Dependent Pass (DP) holder can no longer set up as a SP – contrary to what you’ve heard or read in the past. The MOM still issues Letters of Consent for DPs to work for an SP owned by a Singaporean or PR etc. Ergo, if you have your Big Idea, you can go into business with a PR etc., but they own your business on paper – you take the risk of losing out.  The owner can request a LoC from the MOM that will enable you to work FOR the business. Most of the time, the owner is a friend you are setting up with, but to avoid any nasty surprises, protect yourself and them by drawing up an employer/employee contract.

We Mean Business: the CBD District of Singapore
Photography by Raf Dalmau

A PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANY

WHAT IS IT?
It is a registered business under the Companies Act, Chapter 50 and is the favourable legal option. It has rights to own properties, has perpetual succession and can sue or be sued in its own name. It is locally incorporated with a maximum of 50 shareholders. Singaporeans or PRs are eligible.

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

—      Company
What are you called?!
Preferred registration date.
What you’re doing.
Registered company address

—      Ownership Details
Share capital amount (in $) & no. of shares
Allocation of shares among shareholders

—      Management Details
Confirmation of who will be the company Directors
Confirm that at least one is Singaporean or PR

ADVANTAGES

  • Shareholders are not personally liable for debts and losses.
  • Profits are taxed at corporate tax rates which benefit from tax exemptions and incentives.
  • There are no taxes on capital gains so this allows private business to distribute dividends to shareholders without incurring any tax liability.
  • Shareholders’ personal assets are protected
  • Company shares can be easily transferred from one member to another.

DISADVANTAGES

  • Directors must disclose their interest in the company’s shares, contracts and debentures.
  • Governed by Singapore Companies Act and violations will result in penalties. Annual Returns and Directors’ reports are required and must be filed, so the company must have at least one Director and one Company Secretary
  • Operation costs are higher
  • Must maintain on-going compliance with ACRA/IRAS.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
There is plenty left to cover with this option, but you’re still facing a similar issue if you’re here on a DP. Once the company is registered, directors appointed, share capital and shareholders shown, company address registered as well as a company secretary on the books, the PTE LTD then needs to set up a bank account – never the most straight forward situation. And only then can the company approach the MOM to request a LoC or an EP for you to again technically work FOR the company.

Essentially, it IS possible, but there are hurdles to overcome. This article gives you the basic overview and hopefully offers an insight into what may work best for you. If I was in your Big Idea shoes though I would still go and speak to someone like Katherine. As with any aspect of your business, you’ll want to be bouncing ideas off someone, gathering information or asking questions – and you may as well start from the set-up stage!

Feeling business-inspired? Meet Katherine Chapman at the final event in ANZA’s Helping You Understand The Job Market series (register here)?

We Mean Business: the CBD district of Singapore
Photography by Raf Dalmau

In The Hot Seat

Richard Coney speaks to the 2018 ANZA Singapore Wombats President, Dion Shaw.

ANZA Singapore Wombats AFL team President Dion Shaw
Hi all, my name is Richard Coney and I’ll be writing for the ANZA magazine this season. I would like to thank my predecessor, Dion for all of his interesting pieces last year and I look forward to keeping you informed in the months ahead.
To kick things off, I had the chance to sit down with last year’s writer and the 2018 ANZA Singapore Wombats President.

Dion, welcome back to another great year of footy. This year you’ve taken the step-up from Interim President at the end of 2017, to the official role of President. What has the committee got planned?
Richo, great to be back and well done on taking over the writing role.
As a committee, we’ve looked at what went right and what went wrong last year. We obviously didn’t have the greatest end result by not winning a game at The Asian Champs and bowing out before the Finals. But on the positive side, we had the most members we’ve had in quite a few years.
Looking forward, it’s our 25th anniversary. We’ll be celebrating the occasion with a home game against Malaysia followed by a formal event on 30 June.
We’ll also be looking to continue that growth in membership.
On the field, we’ll be looking to replicate the Malaysian Warriors’ form from last year by winning The Asian Champs! It’s been a few years since the Wombats had their hands on some silverware and it would be a nice touch to add to our 25th year celebrations.

Why do you think we were unsuccessful at The Asian Champs?
A number of reasons – although we don’t really like to make excuses down here at the ‘Bats. There were some really strong teams who definitely got the better of us. Injuries were probably our biggest downfall as we lost a number of key players – both our leading goal scorer Tim Nash and spiritual leader Pete Turner to calf problems. Also, as we had an influx of new members, it meant many guys hadn’t played together very long, some of them meeting each other for the first time at the Champs!

Any changes to the coaching staff?
We found that we really needed a few more guys to help out with coaching. It’s tough with the amount of travel people do for work to be able to get down every week. So alongside Ed Clarke, we have Fez and Jono helping out at training who both boast pretty impressive football résumés. Of course we have club legend, Tim Cuthbert, continuing his role as the Mighty Magoos coach.

What sort of advice can you offer new players looking to join the Wombats?
Look us up online, find us on Facebook/ Instagram, contact us via email or just get down. You and I both started at the club in 2016 and it was the best decision I made after moving to Singapore. It’s an easy way to meet a large network of people and get some fitness into the regime. I can guarantee no matter your skill level, you will enjoy it. We have people from all over the world come down and give it a crack.

The ANZA Singapore Wombats invite adults of all experience levels with an interest in Aussie Rules football to get involved. For more info: info@singaporewombats.com

Job Opportunity! Graphic Designer

Full – Time Graphic Designer


The Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA) provides social, sporting and recreational opportunities for Australian and  New Zealand expatriates, as well as all other nationalities living in Singapore.

We are in search of a talented individual to join the ANZA team as Graphic Designer. This role is a fantastic opportunity for a creative individual to take ownership of the creative vision of the ANZA Magazine and our annual events.

The Graphic Designer is responsible for designing content for both in-house graphics and the monthly ANZA Magazine. The Graphic Designer will be heavily involved in the creative layout of the monthly magazine alongside the Editor, as well as designing creative content for ANZA’s events and marketing. The applicant will need a solid knowledge of Australian and New Zealand culture.

Job Description:

Magazine

  • Working with the Editor to implement the needs of the ANZA Magazine
  • Design and prepare the monthly ANZA Magazine for print
  • Purchase, source or create graphics for magazine content
  • Ensure all incoming advertisements are ready for print
  • Liaise with printer to oversee monthly production

In-house Graphics

  • Work with the events manager to conceptualise and design all artwork for events including posters, programs, media boards, backdrops, leaflets, tickets, etc
  • Manage and maintain the ANZA brand and corporate identity
  • General designs including updating in-house stationary and large format banners
  • Source for printers and suppliers

Website

  • Design and create all in-house website creatives including home slider and footer, banners, event landing pages
  • Design microsites for event sponsorship promotions

Skills Required

  • Minimum three years’ experience in publication design and production
  • Degree Qualified
  • Must be able to manage design process from conceptualisation to production
  • Must have experience in, and strong understanding of, print production requirements for various formats
  • Advanced knowledge of Creative Suite 5.5
  • Website design knowledge will be highly regarded
  • Strong time management skills to concurrently handle multiple projects
  • Business proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Meticulous with keen eye for detail

This is a full-time role. Interested applicants please email your cover letter, CV and samples of your portfolio to Kerry Low gm@anza.org.sg. Please include your available starting date and current visa status. Applications close Friday 11 May. We regret to inform that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

ANZA MAGAZINE LAYOUT 1
ANZA MAGAZINE LAYOUT 2

Home Grown Talent

MAD ABOUT FASHION COLUMNIST: Beck Dahl was on a mission to discover locally-made fashion here in Singapore.

Locally-made and designed fashion in Singapore

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I love to travel and, when visiting other countries, I love to buy locally-made garments. Sometimes because they’re must-haves; sometimes because of the craftsmanship; and sometimes just for the memory. It’s left me inspired to do the same here.
This idea led me to my mission for this issue: to find some go-to Ready To Wear (RTW) labels that continue to produce their garments here in Singapore. Purchasing close to home shows we’re not only lessening our footprint, we’re embracing where we live and supporting local business – all whist finding our Monday outfit just hanging out there on a rack.
I’m pleased to say I found a few, not many but a few, labels on my hunt this month!
I found that asking where garments were manufactured was usually met with uncertainty, but I soon realised if its produced here in Singapore, it will proudly say so on the label. If there’s no label at all, one has to assume it’s not made on the Little Red Dot.
One of my favourite ‘Made in Singapore’ finds was Max Tan. With a Comme des Garçons-esque style, Tan’s is a modern, easy-to-wear range (see pic). You can see his pieces at The Comma Store (thecommastore.com) which is a funky curated store in Orchard Gateway. Womb (womb.com.sg) is another locally-designed and manufactured label, which offers generally office wear with a twist. They have new stock once a month and there is definitely something there for everyone.
Not everything in B.S.Y.M (bysmshop.com) is made locally, but a good percentage of the collection is. The majority of the stock is free size which is a bit difficult for some of us, but it’s definitely worth taking a look to see what is in stock. They have three locations on the Island: Suntec City, Bugis Junction and Plaza Singapura.
I would be remiss not to mention Atelier Ong Shunmugam (ongshunmugam.com), who not only has a RTW range, but will also do custom designs. It’s by appointment only at Holland Village.
It’s not strictly always made here in Singapore, but for an opportunity to discover more local fashion, check out Tangs Department Store dedicated to Singaporean designers.
One thing I loved about my mission was discovering not only clothing and accessories, but also funky Singapore souvenirs to take home to my friends and family. For novelty gifts and Singapore memorabilia drop into Megafash (megaxstore.com) at Suntec City or Naiise (naiise.com) at Orchard Gateway. And a ‘must’ purchase for this month is Singapore – Lost Guides from Books Actually (booksactually.com); it’s a fantastic guide
to have in your bookcase as a go-to for loads of great new discoveries of this fascinating country.
Familiarity with fashion in Singapore takes time. It’s a unique shopping experience and yes, at times frustrating, but the variety is definitely there to be discovered. There are numerous opportunities for Made-To-Measure wardrobe additions here of course and hopefully you’ll take a look at some home-grown labels to buy straight off the rack.
Happy Shopping! Love Beck XX

Beck Dahl is a stylist and fashion lover living with her family here in Singapore.

Tribes & Tribulations

Tatyana Kildisheva goes in search of adventure in West Papua.

Tribes in West Papua travel article in ANZA Magazine April issue
Photography by Tatyana Kildisheva

Surely you’ve been to Indonesia. Most likely it was a Bali visit, or temple-hunting in Yogyakarta, or maybe a paradise island beach resort? However, there is another part of Indonesia, which is not often visited by tourists: West Papua. The island, which became Indonesian territory in the late ‘60s, still has ongoing conflict between its indigenous population and the Indonesian government and its settlers. Because of this in-fighting, it’s important that you get a trusted guide if visiting the region – but don’t let that put you off exploring this part of the world.
I have always wanted to visit Papua to see the indigenous tribes and to climb Mount Trikora (the second highest peak in Australasia), but it took a while to find partners adventurous enough to embark on this challenging journey. Eventually we succeeded and our small expedition included myself, my partner John and our fearless friends, Susanne and Thomas.
Looking at the map, Papua appeared to be only a stone’s throw from Singapore – in fact there were no international direct routes. Four flights and 30 hours after leaving Singapore, our small propeller plane landed in Wamena, the largest town in Baliem Valley.
Knowing close to nothing about Papua before going there, we quickly absorbed information from our Indonesian guide Nanang Link Sunarko (who had lived in Wamena for 16 years), and from simply observing the people and our surroundings.
There are over 300 indigenous Papuan ethnic groups living in the valley (the most prominent of which are the Dani, Lani and Yali), and every August they stop their tribal wars and get together in Wamena for a festival.
While there are quite a few problems with the local population including violence, substance abuse and high rates of HIV, watching the tribal festival unfold was quite a spectacle. There was dancing, never-seen-before musical instruments, concerts, singing, and mock warfare. Villagers showed up in their tribal attire, adorned with conch and bead necklaces, plant fibre skirts, animal tusks and teeth, bird feathers, and koteka (penis gourds). Their faces and bodies were daubed with paint, and they were carrying spears, bows and arrows. Needless to say it all looked super exotic to us and was huge fun to photograph.

Tribes in West Papua travel article in ANZA Magazine April issue
Photography by Tatyana Kildisheva

After two days of the festival, we left Wamena and trekked through the mountains, staying with locals in their wooden huts with roofs made from long grass. We witnessed traditional ways of living off the land, like cultivating sweet potatoes and raising pigs. We saw the way a huge meal was prepared for the whole village with the pork and potatoes cooked in a hole in the ground. The ditch was laid with sizzling hot rocks, covered with grass, then layers of potatoes, pork and edible grass with more hot rocks on top. After a couple of hours the rocks were removed and the meal was ready for everyone to dig into. There was no need for cutlery and plates; it was just our hands and leaves.
As we spent further time in the villages, we learned a few facts about life in Papua. For example, money was not so widely used in the region; pigs were a much stronger currency. Men practiced polygamy; the more pigs they owned, the more wives they had. Some men never marry because they do not have any pigs. We met quite a few ladies who were missing parts of their fingers due to a custom to cut them off when a family member died to show grief. Many of the older women were missing most of their fingertips, which made for quite a shocking sight.
The next few days we spent walking to Mount Trikora. We climbed up and down quite a few hills and vertical terraces on the way, struggling with the terrain as there were no paths cut through. Very few tourists visit the area and there was absolutely no one around. Our permit, obtained from the authorities in August, was the first one issued that year. According to our Indonesian guide, on average about 30 people visit the mountain annually. If you try to do any research, there is literally no information on a Mount Trikora climbing route – hence why it’s so very important to have a knowledgeable guide, as it’s pretty easy to lose your way up there.
It was pretty warm during the day but very cold, windy and dark at night as we reached over 3,000 metres. It was super helpful to have hiking sticks, gloves, strong hiking boots and protective gaiters – put those on your must-buy lists – as we walked through the bush and, at times dropping down into wet parts of a swamp. The area was very quiet; there were no wild animals or even birds in those desolate highlands.

Tribes in West Papua travel article in ANZA Magazine April issue
Photography by Tatyana Kildisheva

The mountain itself was a massive vertical face and very eerie looking as we scrambled over rocks and traversed its long ridges. The formations were very sharp; the bottom of my boots had numerous cuts from climbing over the piercing rocks. We even stumbled upon a propeller plane wreck; the last remnants of a crash that happened over 20 years ago. We never found out what exactly happened or how many people died. There was very little left from the plane, most of the debris blown by the winds and washed off by rain.
We spent the night before reaching the summit at the highest camp on Trikora, pitching our tents at 4,150 metres above sea level. The next morning we started out at 4am to reach the top of the mountain, climbing the final peaks, scrambling up and down the ridges. The climb didn’t require much special equipment but it was challenging with vertical cliffs, loose rocks and sharp boulders. It was best to hold on tight and not look down!
Despite the cutting wind and icy cold the views were amazing. The scenery was like the backdrop of a sci-fi movie. There were no signs of any life as far as our eyes could see. Only grey spikes of rocks under our feet and very dry land with thick brush and tall dead trees at the foot of the mountain.
We got very lucky with the weather at the top as it was sunny and bright, and gave us unobstructed views of the valleys. However, when we were trekking back down, the weather suddenly changed and it became cloudy and foggy. Visibility worsened and it took a while to reach the camp for the night. We were extremely happy and relieved to make it back in time before the darkness and cold set in.
The trek to the mountain and back took five days. Each night we passed out in our freezing tents, exhausted from the challenging physical activities of the day. All our porters, who took care of our gear and food, were Papuan and didn’t outwardly seem so affected. They were singing during our breaks from trekking and some painted their faces with berry juices and decorated their hair with flowers they found along the way.
For most of them it was their first trip to Mount Trikora and I hope they found it as adventurous as we did.

Tribes in West Papua travel article in ANZA Magazine April issue
Photography by Tatyana Kildisheva

ANZA Soccer’s Super Finals

ANZA Soccer closes its season with a thrilling finals day says Anita Neville.

ANZA Soccer Finals Day Singapore

The end of the 2017/18 ANZA Soccer season finally arrived on Saturday 21 April with an action-packed day of footy, food and fun. 900 plus kids in 10 age group categories played for silverware and pride in a variety of Cup and Plate finals to wrap up the season.

For our U4-5 age group, the focus is on fun and learning basic ball handling skills – as displayed by the “little-ies” in their end of season games.
The U6s saw their numbers significantly increase over the year which bodes well for U7s teams next season. We were especially pleased to welcome more girls into this age group which should allow us to establish a Matildas team next year. The U6s Lynx team were overall winners.

ANZA Soccer Finals Day Singapore

U7s Tigers took home the Cup in this year’s fiercely contested U7s competition. And in the last of our Junior competitions, the U8s competed for the 2017/18 Plate and Cup with the Sailors and Flyers respectively taking home trophies. Sailors also took home the Cup in the U9s competition.

ANZA Soccer Finals Day Singapore
For the first time a Matildas team won the U10s League and were voted the Foreman FairPlay Award Winners for their age group. ANZA’s Matildas are increasingly strong and the dedicated programme for supporting girls is delivering results in club and overseas competitions, such as their success in Bangkok earlier this year.

ANZA Soccer Finals Day Singapore
Gordons took out the U10s Cup with Sailors picking up this year’s Plate for the age group.
There was a good spread of winners across U11s with Saliors topping the League, Gordons winning the Plate and Vikings just pipping the Matildas in a penalty shoot out for the Cup. The latter was further proof that our girls teams are going from strength to strength.
The U12s Gunners team repeated their U11s League win, topping this year’s competition with a side virtually unchanged from last year. Sailors and Vikings picked up the Plate and Cup respectively to wrap up the U12s competition.

ANZA Soccer Finals Day Singapore
U14s League Winners the Flyers, joined the Sailors in the Plate and the Gunners as Cup winners as the spoils were divided across half the competition teams. The Gunners, who were fifth in the League, won a thrilling Cup final against the Warriors in a penalty shoot out.
Lastly, the U17s Flyers picked up the Cup to close out ANZA Soccer’s official 2017/18 season.

ANZA Soccer Finals Day Singapore

Apart from great football on the pitch, there was lots to keep parents, kids and siblings entertained too. From Allied Pickfords-sponsored popcorn and delicious gelato courtesy of Jamie’s Italian (that was so popular, they served 1,400 scoops that day!), to face-painting and balloon-making, there was lots going on pitch-side. A great addition this year was the Light Painting photobooth from Vivid Snaps – watch out for those great pictures on the ANZA Singapore Facebook page soon.

Thank you also to the team sponsors: Expat Dental, World Wide Technology, Asian Tigers Mobility, City Osteopathy & Physiotherapy, Ego and Jamie’s Italian.

Thank you to Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Singapore, Ms Kate Duff, and New Zealand’s Deputy High Commissioner to Singapore, Ms Laura Grey for attending and conducting some of the presentations.

ANZA Soccer Finals Day Singapore

 

Congratulations to all the teams, players, coaches and team coordinators on a successful 2017/18 season. Thanks too to our sponsors who help make ANZA Soccer possible. Look out for a full report in the June issue of ANZA Magazine and register now for the 2018/19 season.

Friendly Opportunities

ANZA Netball shows its commitment to competitive and fun sport.

ANZA Netball in Singapore

The parents and players asked for it, and ANZA Netball delivered. On February 10, our 2008 age group of keen netball players were lucky enough to participate in two tournaments, one on Malaysian soil and another here at home. Two friendly round-robin tournaments were put together to provide additional competitive opportunities as requested by our members.

For the first time, our 2008 girls had the chance to travel to Marlborough College’s campus in Malaysia. We sent two teams across and they played in a round-robin format against the College’s top team.

Despite an extra early morning departure from Singapore at 6am, the girls were very excited to travel together as a team, and with their parents, on the bus that ANZA provided. Many of the girls, now well-seasoned at crossing the border to Malaysia, were also excited for another stamp in their passports.

We were warmly welcomed by Marlborough’s Sports Director Alistair Halls and given the privilege of playing in the school’s brand new, state-of-the-art multipurpose facility, which was very impressive for both visiting players and supportive parents.

The girls represented ANZA with pride and demonstrated the true ANZA spirit by having a great time with their friends, playing a game they love. Although the girls weren’t playing in their usual teams, they showed true sportsmanship by coming together quickly. Under the guidance of their fabulous Coaches Nic, Mel, Alex and Zoe, they competed fiercely against a strong Marlborough side.

Kristina Ucchino, a member of the team, shared her thoughts on the day: “It was a fun experience. I liked that we had a new team to play against to challenge ourselves and to learn new skills. On the bus, we got to know our teammates better and talk about netball. I made some new friends and we had lots of fun.”

Meanwhile, on the same day, the remaining 2008 age group were at our home base at Tanglin Trust School for a friendly with Centaurs. It was another great opportunity for the girls to play against a strong club, and to gain more experience.

With Centaurs numbers low due to CNY holidays, once again ANZA showed true sportsmanship by rotating players to play a mixed team with Centaurs. This ensured that the girls got maximum game time in the round-robin tournament. The coaches were most impressed with how all the girls stepped up.

A huge thanks to ANZA Netball for supporting our age group, and especially all our wonderful coaches and parents for volunteering to make these events a success for our girls.

ANZA Netball offers coaching and competition for girls aged six and upwards. For more info, email netball@anza.org.sg.

Cycling for Cycles

ANZA Cycling Member Liesbeth Kanis shares the story behind the bicycle fundraiser helping to stop malaria in its tracks.

Cambodia has been battling drug resistant malaria for several decades. Luckily, the number of malaria cases has significantly declined in the last six years. The decline in these mortality and prevalence rates are related to the increased usage of bed-nets and greater knowledge on malaria prevention – largely as a result of the crucial work undertaken by Village Malaria Workers (VMWs). They play an instrumental role in conducting the rapid diagnostic tests and dispensing medication to malaria patients in malaria-endemic villages, in both high and low burden areas.

Cycling for Cycles is a bicycle fundraiser in support of these VMWs who are working tirelessly in the region. Initiated by Soroptimist International Singapore (SIS) together with clubs in Melbourne and Sydney, this fund-raising initiative is also supported by the ANZA Cycling community.

Aware that many of the volunteers do not have means of transport and often find themselves having to walk to the homes of malaria patients and to the district health centres for the monthly malaria meeting, the Soroptimist clubs decided to embark on the Cycling for Cycles project, realising that bicycles would be critical in helping the VMWs conduct their work more efficiently.

Although 75-80% of VMWs are women – they tend to have more time since they stay in the village and look after the children while their husbands are away either working on the farm or engaging in forest activities – the majority of the affected and treated patients are men. The VMWs thus play a critical role in the village community and in securing the stable livelihoods of the families affected.

The work as a VMW also enables women to take on an active role in their community and provides them with responsibility and an outreach function, often challenging and softening gender stereotypes and roles.

ANZA Cycling has joined the Cycling for Cycles project and is helping to raise funds to provide nearly 170 VMWs in Battambang Province, Cambodia with bicycles.

JOIN US TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE…

ANZA Cycling hosts Club Breakfast the first Saturday of each month at Dimbulah Coffee – where breakfast is on the club for all members and first time joiners. This year, ANZA Cycling has pledged to promote a charitable cause that is close to us, each quarter. On Club Breakfast days in April, we will be asking that while the club covers breakfast, each member digs into their pockets to support the cause. Come and try a ride, enjoy a Club Breakfast and help raise funds for Cycling for Cycles. Exact dates and further information will be posted on the Facebook ANZA Cycling group (@AnzaCycling).

Interested in coming out for a ride? ANZA Cycling runs a Newcomers’ Ride on the first Saturday of each month. cycling@anza.org.sg

Back in the Swing

The 2018 ANZA Cricket season returns to speed says Clive Tilbrook.

ANZA Cricket has been back in full swing for the past month, playing up at the Dempsey fields. The bowling and fielding has been of a good standard, which we hope to keep up throughout the season.
As with last year we are training under lights at the nets at the Singapore Cricket Club on Monday evenings, and have had strong turnouts throughout the beginning of the year. It has been heartening to see all of the new guys down at the Club too.
This year we have three League teams. The ANZA Bushrangers lead the Club in Division 3 under the captaincy of Ash Perrott again. ANZA Champs and ANZA Diggers are both in Division 6 with skippers, Ian Gibb and Graeme Gardiner returning to their roles. As usual, ANZA will put in teams in the Dennis Amar Sixes in June, and a Masters team for that competition later in the year. Our social side, the ANZA Dream Team have also been playing – check here for further details on being involved.
Our grounds have been organised with our League teams’ home games at the Singapore Cricket Club’s Dempsey fields. I would like to thank them for their support in this.
Josh Ghosh organised the kit this season – and was on it back in January, way ahead of schedule. The early order was required as our supplier also handles some of the Indian IPL teams, and we needed to get in before them!
We are delighted that Hero’s Bar is sponsoring the Club again, and we’ve already had a few functions to celebrate the fact and to support our sponsor.
Finally, anyone interested in a game is welcome to come down to the nets or contact us here.

ANZA Cricket fields four teams from Division 2 through 5 of the Singapore Cricket Association. Training is on Sundays. cricket@anza.org.sg

What Mum Said Next

Lucy James talks to an ANZA Athletics Mum, Fiona Zdun.

ANZA Athletics in Singapore

I thought this month I’d interview one of our ANZA Athletics families – the Zduns. Fiona Zdun is a mother of three kids, two of whom take part in ANZA Athletics. I asked her about getting involved.

WHY DO YOU DO ANZA ATHLETICS?
Our family really looks forward to Fridays. I think it’s great in teaching children to try their best and to improve their own performance – they love getting a PB. It’s very convenient that it’s an activity which my children can do at the same time.

HOW LONG HAVE YOUR KIDS BEEN PARTICIPATING?
My son, Joshua started when we moved here so this is his third season, whilst my daughter Amberley is enjoying her second. My five-year-old was too young to start this season but there’s no keeping her at home. She loves to come and swing on the playground equipment and dance to the DJ’s tunes. She’s desperate to start next season.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ANZA ATHLETICS?
I like that my kids are learning a range of skills from throwing, to jumping, to track events; that’s not something they can do at school every week. I also like that it’s a great healthy thing to do to finish the working week with more time with the children, yet it still gives me time to get the kids home and head out myself.

It’s nice to be a part of the activities with the kids rather than sitting on the sidelines as that’s what we do at most other children’s activities, so this is quite unique, and the children love that! It’s so vital that we have parent volunteers – do sign up if you can!

AND WHAT DO YOUR KIDS PARTICULARLY LIKE?
My kids love being with their friends and making new ones. They like that I’m with them to watch their achievements. Joshua enjoys the long races and high jump, whilst Amberley enjoys the hurdles.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR KIDS’ ACHIEVEMENTS?
In his first year, Joshua achieved second place and last year he was third in his age group. Last year, Amberley was first in her age group and broke the hurdles record which had been held for 17 years. This year she has also broken the under-7 hurdles which was held for seven years and has gone on to break her own record a further three times. If we didn’t do ANZA Athletics I wouldn’t know that hurdles is something she is naturally good at as she’s never had the opportunity to try such a specific event.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO JOIN?
Give it a try – but be prepared as your children will most likely love it and will want you to sign them up! It’s a great atmosphere. In the beginning I was hesitant to give up my Fridays, but as I’ve said, I can still be finished and on the road by 7, and a wine in hand by 7.30!

ANZA Athletics caters to kids aged 5 to 14-years-old, with a focus on fun, fitness and skills.
Yio Chu Kang Stadium. athletics@anza.org.sg