“Up until I was 45 years old, I had a string of jobs after dropping out from the polytechnic. I fried French fries in McDonald’s, bought and sold houses as a property agent; ran a car hire service, built an e-commerce start up and marketed household appliances while trading stocks on the side. They all didn’t amount to much,”Mr Kenneth Kam shares candidly.
The inspiration drawn from his diverse life experiences led Mr Kam to set up Kenn Foundation. As the Chairman of the Foundation, he has gifted a scholarship to the National University of Singapore Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, to support undergraduates majoring in South Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Japanese Studies and Malay Studies, with preference given to financially needy students.
“I personally feel that the field of arts and social sciences is the key to unlocking the riches of culture and society; to help nurture values and character; and build a more engaged, caring and empathetic society.”
The trader, published author and entrepreneur recounts how, while riding life’s ups and downs, he received much love, support, and encouragement from family and friends. Only when he started trading full time did he find his niche, his place in the world.
His financial and personal struggles made him realise the value of giving and inspired him to reach out to those who face similar situations.
He established the Kenn Foundation in the hope of sharing his vision of creating a community with equal opportunities for education and employment, where people enjoy a better life with financial freedom and security.
“Education is a great leveller that uplifts lives, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is one area where the Foundation and I can make meaningful contributions.
“What we want to do is to help make education, especially tertiary education, accessible to more people, in particular deserving students regardless of their financial background,” he explains.
Mr Kam’s message to the youths?
“Do your best. Find your own balance, or equilibrium in life. And when you have found your niche, your place in the world, remember to give back.
“Giving is really the richest form of receiving because of the joy it brings to those in need. That’s why I continue giving. I hope others will too.”