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Ella Tan
  • On June 24, 2015



“Our common love of food forms the basis of the cultural exchange between the various communities in Singapore. Through Culture Kitchen, Jetstar is pleased to have another opportunity to help connect communities across South-east Asia,” said Jetstar Asia CEO, Mr Barathan Pasupathi. The Flying Start judging panel are confident that Culture Kitchen’s mission will foster greater bonding within the different communities, cultures and nationalities in Singapore.


Led by Ms Adrianna Tan, Culture Kitchen was set up in 2013 and has organised three ‘Kitchens’, each with a specific national or community as its theme. More than 1,000 participants have benefitted from these events so far.

The team intends to institutionalize Culture Kitchen by: locking in a series of ‘Kitchen’ gatherings, setting up education funds for foreign nationals and their children in Singapore, and providing flights for low income Myanmar nationals in need of aid to return home.

“We are delighted to be part of Jetstar’s Flying Start grant, and look forward to working closely with the team,” said Ms Tan, founder of Culture Kitchen. “The grant will help kickstart our events and increase our impact. We aim to take our events into the heartlands of Singapore this year.”

“I am confident that Culture Kitchen’s use of food, our common currency, to create opportunities for Singaporeans, residents and migrant workers to learn about each other’s cultures will be an effective one, and this will be a part of the efforts to build an even more cohesive society that we are working towards,” said Flying Start judge and social entrepreneur, Ms Elim Chew.

About Flying Start

Each bi-annual grant is worth S$20,000, comprising:

  • S$10,000 cash;
  • S$10,000 worth of travel with Jetstar anywhere on the Jetstar network; and
  • Promotion of the community group or organisation on Jetstar’s website and Facebook page.

 Who can apply

 Entry is open to Singapore-based not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, which are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their community and can be classified into one of the following categories:

  • Charity;
  • Educational organisation;
  • Health organisation;
  • Sporting group or organisation; or
  • Arts group or organisation.

The community group or organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit their local community.

 How grants are awarded

 Entries are reviewed by a judging panel that consists of:

  • Jetstar Asia CEO, Barathan Pasupathi;
  • Jetstar Asia pilot, Jeffrey Pang;
  • Social entrepreneur, Elim Chew;
  • Social enterprise champion, Emily Teng.

Project Give Pray Love and Children of Cambodia were the previous recipients of the Jetstar Flying Start Grant in Singapore. For more information, please visit the Flying Start Singapore website.

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