SM Tharman Shanmugaratnam (centre) and members of the Singapore Silent Heroes (SSH) Awards committee who are also SSH Awards Alumni

The Singapore Silent Heroes Award recognises the deeds of everyday, ordinary Singaporeans who have done extraordinary things – who through their kind, generous and thoughful acts have made a tremendous difference in other peoples’ lives. Do you know of someone like that?

NOMINATIONS are now open for the public to submit any Singaporean (and permanent residents) who has been quietly doing good for his fellow men. Since last year the Silent Heroes Awards has also launched a new category titled ‘Compassionate Foreigner‘ open to non-Singaporeans to also recognise members of the foreign community who have contributed to Singapore society. Anyone can submit a name and the details of what the individual has done to be one of the finalists for the five categories that will be awarded the Silent Heroes Awards.

The whole process will culminate in the Singapore Silent Heroes Awards Presentation Night in August which will be attended by Deputy Prime Minister Mr Lawrence Wong. It is organised by the Civilians Association (Singapore). The aim of the award said CAS is to recognise ordinary, everyday persons for their extraordinary humanity and compassion towards people, causes, and missions.

The nominations process was launched last Sunday 12th March 2023 by Senior Minister (SM) Tharman Shanmugaratnam Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, in the Prime Minster’s Office at a community event at Taman Jurong.

SM Tharman is also the Patron for the Silent Heroes awards. The organisation advisors include Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for National Development and Ms Low Yen Ling, Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth; Trade and Industry; and Mayor of South West District.

SM Tharman in his opening remarks at the launch of the Nomination of the Silent Heroes Awards said: “Silent Heroes of Singapore has a really interesting origin story. The Civilians Association (Singapore) originally started as the Hillview Civilians Sports Club where the members were the children of the PWD (Public Works Department) workers living in the quarters at Hillview. They played football, became friends and built up a strong spirit of self-help among themselves. They now come from different walks of life but that original community spirit remained. They decided to build up this new movement called Silent Heroes which is truly about finding the heroes in our midst – people who do good for others when no one is looking. That is what makes Singapore strong at its core: empathy, compassion and friendship.” The Senior Minister also highlighted that the reason for the awards is not to give the receipients fame but to inspire others to do the same and that this was the best way to keep the Silent Heroes movement going.

Currently there are five categories and each has their own criteria of recognition (to find out more click here):
• Heart of Humanity
• Pioneer of Promise
• Outstanding Adult
• Inspiring Youth
• Compassionate Foreigner

To find out more about the Silent Heroes Awards visit here.

To nomite your candidate for the Silent Heroes Awards visit here.