Medical students at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are now hoping to raise S$400,000 for the Christine Chong Hui Xian Bursary, after exceeding the initial target of S$150,000. The Christine Chong Hui Xian Bursary was set up in 2009 by students and friends in the memory of former Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM) student, Christine Chong, who lost her battle with cancer. She is remembered by her friends for her plucky, giving spirit.
The Bursary’s fundraising committee from the Medical Society, which looks after the interests of the medical student fraternity, is already more than half way to reaching their goal. The committee hopes to support three students through their fundraising efforts for the Bursary Fund and is aiming to announce the first Christine Chong Hui Xian Bursary recipients in Academic Year 2013/2014.
Zhi Wei, who was the Welfare Director of the Medical Society when the fundraising started, says, “Although there are NUS as well as YLLSoM financial aid schemes available, there are still medical students who need financial assistance. Also, with the increased enrolment of students into medical school each year, there is a corresponding increase in the need for financial assistance schemes. As such, there is a pressing need to provide more financial assistance for needy students in our midst.”
To raise funds for the Bursary, the Medical Society has been organising events, including a Wine and Dine evening and a play entitled Operation Theatre 4. A team of writers and editors are also putting together a book of stories by doctors entitled Project Inspire. The proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Christine Chong Hui Xian Bursary Fund.
Zhi Wei says, “I have been very privileged to receive financial assistance from the School, and fortunate to have been relieved of financial constraints. This has allowed me to spend my energy on school. I hope to pass this blessing on to other needy medical students around me.”