The volunteer body at Pink Dot has grown from a mere 30 individuals in 2009 to more than 500 individuals in 2017. During this time, we have seen passionate and dedicated individuals step up as Team Leaders and witnessed a groundswell of sentiment from our volunteers who want to do more than just help out at one event a year.

Borne from this amazing volunteer body that has supported Pink Dot SG since the beginning, Involve Volunteer Network (IVN) is an independent non-profit organization whose aim is to engage both the LGBTQ community and Straight Allies to create a more compassionate society through volunteerism.

The aim of the IVN platform is to encourage a culture of volunteerism and do more for the whole of Singapore society by reaching out to more communities on top of the LGBT community. It is also our hope that through this platform, we develop passionate community leaders in the space of volunteerism.

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TV host and writer Anita Kapoor, shot to fame as the clear favourite winner of a Discovery travel host search and has not looked back since. Insatiably curious and possessing a natural wit, this former magazine editor has explored the world for Discovery TLC, AXN, Lonely Planet, Channel News Asia and OKTO, and Starwood Asia Pacific channels, forever on a quest to pioneer the non-conformist stories and locations, especially to connect with the provocateurs who move their worlds.

She is an ambassador for the Singapore chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and her advocacies include Willing Hearts which feeds Singapore’s marginalised, Magic Bus which empowers childrens’ lives in India through sports, and A Single Love which supports single parents. She has also spoken at TEDx Singapore Women 2012 on ‘Female to Female Misogyny in the First World’.

As a Pink Dot ambassador this year, Anita hopes to extend her voice on issues of equality as she firmly believes that everyone deserves equal rights, regardless of the hand they have been dealt in life.

“I see the rights of LGBT people as human rights, really. Everyone deserves to be treated equally – in society, in employment and in the eyes of the law. I believe that as fellow human beings, it’s important to stand together – to speak up for one another when we have the ability and opportunity to do so.”

Anita continues: “There’s a lot of work to be done, a lot of people we need to reach out to. Every one of us has the capacity to be a hero to someone else. I hope more Singaporeans will join us at this year’s Pink Dot. Because together, we can make this a more inclusive society for everyone.”