“Our parents taught us that one’s success is not measured by fame or fortune, but by a man’s true wealth of the good he does,” Mrs Lee Ju Song (’73), who graduated from the Faculty of Art and Social Sciences, says. And that was what inspired her family, led by her youngest brother, Hung Lin and younger sister, Kin Cheng, to make a gift to the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM) at her alma mater, the National University of Singapore (NUS).
The Lee Kiat Chew and Tan Luan Keng Bursary, set up by Mrs Lee and her family, is named after their late parents to commemorate their selflessness and humanity. The Bursary will benefit one medical undergraduate student at YLLSoM per year from Academic Year 2013/14.
Mrs Lee, who also obtained her Honours Degree in Social Sciences from NUS in 1974, says, “Together, our late parents left behind a strong legacy of giving.” A founding member of Nam Ann Siang Theon, a Taoist organisation which to this day still provides free medical services, the late Mr Lee Kiat Chew had been a regular anonymous donor to destitutes who emigrated from China. Mrs Lee also recalls how her mother, Mdm Tan Luan Keng, remembered by many as a compassionate lady, used to distribute canned food and clothing to those who needed help.
“This Bursary is part of the family’s effort to keep the spirit of giving alive,” Mrs Lee adds.
Mrs Lee hopes to pass on the spirit of giving to the Bursary recipients. She says, “We wish all recipients of the Bursary a successful medical career with dedicated commitment to compassionate medicine, a strong spirit of volunteerism and a dedicated professional passion for medicine, bringing much honour to the medical profession and touching the lives of their patients and their families.”