The spirit of giving is alive and well among National University of Singapore (NUS) students. Flag Day, the NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU) annual fundraising drive, raised a record-breaking S$509,944.80, the highest amount in eight years. And, there was another reason to celebrate as NUSSU Rag Day coincided with the Youth Olympic Games Flame Arrival Celebration at the NUS Kent Ridge Campus.
During Flag Day, more than 6,000 NUS freshmen and seniors went all over Singapore to collect donations. The students from Kent Ridge Hall raised S$137,661.20, the single highest amount for one Hall. This money, which represents an increase of 15 percent over last year, will be distributed among 20 beneficiaries from the Community Chest. NUS students have donated over S$2 million to its beneficiaries through their Rag and Flag event over the last ten years.
Mr Ho Jun Yi, President of the NUSSU, said,”This year’s fundraising was undoubtedly a huge success. Everyone worked extremely hard both on bringing in donations and putting together an amazing display of floats. This is a unique, long-standing NUS tradition which represents the spirit of community and charity which exists among students – long may it continue.”
Every year, Rag Day features a procession of floats designed by students to celebrate the Flag Day fundraising drive. This year, students from NUS’ six halls of residence paraded their floats – which represented the different countries, such as Korea, Mexico and New Zealand, through which the Olympic Flame travelled en route from Greece to Singapore – in front of dignitaries including President S.R. Nathan, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, as well as students and members of the public. Students, dressed in colourful costumes representing the culture of each city on the route, also gave performances based on the local traditions of the country of their float.
Following the Rag Day procession, the Olympic Flame was handed to President S.R. Nathan for the lighting of the cauldron.
For more information on Rag and Flag Day, visit the NUSSU website.