Four National University of Singapore (NUS) donors, Professor Saw Swee Hock, The Keppel Group, Dr Oon Chiew Seng and Standard Chartered Bank, were recently recognised for their spirit of giving and volunteerism at the President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards. The Awards were presented by President Tony Tan Keng Yam in a special ceremony held on 23 October 2013.
Organised by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), the Awards are pinnacle charity awards that recognise those from the private, non-profit and public sectors who exemplify excellence in volunteerism, philanthropy and impact and who have been selfless and stellar in their giving towards society. The Awards aim to inspire a higher level of volunteerism and philanthropy in Singapore. The NUS donors were among nine winners lauded at the Awards for their acts of giving.
Mr Laurence Lien, Chief Executive of the NVPC, said, “We applaud these winners who have strived to effect positive change within their communities, giving of their time and their passion, and through their philanthropic efforts. More so, I hope that through their giving, more will be inspired to step forward to give and contribute towards nation building. Everyone has a stake in the community and has unique talents, skills and strengths to make a difference, whether through small or big ways.”
Professor Saw Swee Hock, Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, received the President’s Award for Philanthropy under the Individual category. Recognising the importance of education in enhancing social mobility, Professor Saw has given mainly to universities to help needy students and to promote education and research. His philanthropic gifts have enabled NUS to establish gold medals, bursaries, a Professorship in Statistics, a Centennial Professorship in Law, and the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. In NUS, he is President’s Honorary Professor of Statistics and a Member of the Board of Trustees.
The Keppel Group, which took home the President’s Award for Philanthropy under the Corporate category, has also made significant contributions to NUS. The Keppel Care Foundation, established in 2012, provides assistance to the needy and underprivileged promotes education and encourages eco-friendly mindsets and initiatives. Up to one per cent of the Keppel Group’s annual profits is committed to the Foundation and is used to support communities in which the Group operates.
Programmes at NUS supported by the Foundation are the Keppel-NUS Vietnam Programme in Medicine to advance medical education between the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Hanoi Medical University and Vietnam Military Medical University; the Keppel Chair Professorship Programme established in 2002 to promote ocean, marine and offshore technology; and the Toh Chin Chye Programmes at NUS which include the Toh Chin Chye Visiting Professorship and Fellowships at the University Town and the Toh Chin Chye Study Awards at the Yale-NUS College.
Dr Oon Chiew Seng, who launched the Dr Oon Chiew Seng Fellowship in Medicine and Distinguished Visitor Programme at NUS to strengthen the training of nurses, allied health professionals and medical students and doctors in dementia care, was awarded the President’s Special Recognition Award. In addition to her career as an Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist, Dr Oon has devoted much of her life to long term Alzheimer care and extensive fundraising which culminated in the setting up of the Apex Harmony Lodge. The Lodge provides residential, day care and respite facilities for patients suffering from dementia while providing psycho-social and educational support to their love ones.
Standard Chartered Bank, which has contributed to various causes at NUS, received the President’s Award for Volunteerism under the Corporate Category for their commitment to making a difference in society by embracing the idea of a responsible company, contributing to sustainable economic growth, investing in communities, and encouraging and incentivising staff to get involved in community projects.
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