Madam Agnes Sng (’84) has nominated the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law as the beneficiary of her CPF and has also pledged her body to research and education at the University.
But it was not a straightforward decision.
Should I donate my organs together with my body to science or should my organs go to saving other lives? Should I spread my funds so I can help as many as possible or should I give all to one fund to create a deeper impact?
Then came the Eureka moment.
“In Singapore, education is a great leveller. With a sound education, you can achieve many goals. It doesn’t matter who your parents are. When I help young students pursue their education, there is a multiplier effect when they in turn go on to help many others when they do well later in life,” Agnes muses.
The Law alumna lived in four countries (Germany, Egypt, Bulgaria and Romania) in 11 years of working overseas with her German husband, who was a regional director in a not-for-profit foundation. Over the years, her travels exposed her to political and social issues and the difficult living conditions of some of the locals in her host countries. That experience and the pockets of poverty she also saw in Singapore when helping out with community services were catalysts for her wish to contribute where she can.
The integrity of an institution like NUS made the choice an easy one, as she could be confident that donations would be managed in an accountable way. Agnes has very fond memories of the then relatively small and close-knit NUS Law Faculty. Although she has not worked in the legal industry since 2011, the noble profession is dear to her. With her gift to the Law Faculty, she hopes to honour the memory of the late top criminal lawyer Mr Subhas Anandan (’70).
“I met many inspiring professionals and had the privilege to work for a few members of the Judiciary who left an indelible impression on me. They not only have a superior intellect, but also great humility and compassion. Mr Subhas Anandan was a champion of pro bono work and a firm believer of fair representation and giving everyone a second chance,” shares Agnes.
The former Singapore Chinese Girls’ School alumna is now back home in Singapore with her husband and works in administration.
“I remember schoolmates who had to work to finance their studies, and yet many of them achieved very good results. Students like them should have the opportunity to fully enjoy all aspects of university life without worrying about finances, wherever possible. That is the other factor that motivates my contributing,” Agnes explains.
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