THE labour movement hopes to raise $10.5 million by the end of September to go towards helping over 90,000 low-income union members and their families.
The money raised will be pumped into the National Trades Union Congress' (NTUC's) U Care Fund, launched in 2009 to support the living expenses of lower-income members and their families.
Funds will be raised through a charity dinner and donations from unions and organisations affiliated to NTUC.
NTUC president Diana Chia yesterday announced the annual fund-raising target at Downtown East in Pasir Ris, where the first of six NTUC annual Family Recreation and Fun Carnivals planned was launched.
The fund supports a range of assistance programmes, including NTUC's U Stretch vouchers, which can be redeemed for basic necessities such as food items.
Money from the U Care Fund will also be channelled to the NTUC First Campus Bright Horizons Fund - which provides children from underprivileged households with pre-school education - and the NTUC Eldercare Trust.
The highest amount raised for the fund was $23.2 million in 2009, to meet the increased needs of workers during the economic downturn. Last year's efforts raised $10.25 million.
Over 13,000 low-income union members and their families turned up at the carnival yesterday, where they were treated to food and games, as well as free admission to the Wild Wild Wet theme park.
Ms Chia said: "The carnival aims to promote family bonding through fun activities, as families who play and bond together, stay together as a stronger family unit."
The six carnivals will cost $1.5 million in all, and will reach out to a total of 60,000 union members and their families. One carnival each will be held later this month, in November and next March, while two will be held in December.
For more my paper stories click here.