For their special 20th wedding anniversary celebrations, Mr Foo Check Woei (’90) and Ms Theresa Tan (’90) went on a romantic trip to Spain. But a trip down memory lane was far more significant, when they made a gift to the NUS Campus Couples Bursary Fund. Giving back as a Campus Couple took them back to the time they lovingly shared while studying at the NUS Business School.
“We knew each other from our BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) days since the first year but only became a couple in our third year when we both stayed at Temasek Hall,” reminisces Mr Foo. He remembers fondly the friendships and bonds forged during those years. “Among the guys, we called ourselves the ‘Oysters’ group. My wife became buddies with the other ‘Oysters’, and through all the fun times we had hanging out together, we eventually fell for each other. We, the ‘Oysters’ and our wives, the ‘Oysterettes’, remain extremely close friends to this day,” he shares.
The NUS Campus Couples Bursary Fund is an alumni-led initiative which encourages couples who met on campus to make a gift to bursaries in support of financially disadvantaged students.
Alumni such as Mr Foo and Ms Tan find this initiative interesting and refreshing, and have been spreading the word to their friends to generate more awareness for the Fund. To them, it is also a more direct way of giving back “as we know specifically how the money will be used to help the next generation”.
In addition to celebrating a successful marriage as a campus couple, the gift is also dedicated to their two lovely sons. “The boys are the best gifts to us and like all parents, we are very thankful for the joys they bring to our lives.”
The couple also wanted to instil an important value in their children. “We feel that the gift is a good ‘pay it forward’ message to pass along to our two boys. It will remind them to never forget the breaks we have been given in our youth and we should give back by creating opportunities for generations to come,” says Mr Foo.
“Though our Bursary is small by today’s standards, we hope that it will make a difference to a student with financial difficulties to achieve his or her educational goals and be able to have a fulfilling university experience,” Mr Foo adds.
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