It was a day to celebrate old friendships and give to the next generation. The Dunearn Road Hostels/Sheares Hall Charity Golf, held to commemorate 60 years of Dunearn Road Hostels (DRH) and 30 years of Sheares Hall (SH), drew an enthusiastic response from ex-Hall residents. Dunearn Road Hostels, set up in 1952, was relocated to NUS’ Kent Ridge campus in 1982 and renamed Sheares Hall.
Raffles Country Club, where the event was held, was a-buzz with the DRH/SH spirit as old friends raised a toast to the good old times as well as the chart-busting S$306,000 that the event raised for the DRH/SH Alumni Endowment Fund, which supports bursaries for Shearites in need. With matching grants that gifts to the National University of Singapore (NUS) receives from the government, this gift will support 12 more bursaries annually of S$2,500 each, pushing up the total number of bursaries funded by the DRH/SH Alumni Endowment Fund annually to 27.
One hundred and forty-four golfers teed off on a bright and sunny afternoon at the Raffles Country Club’s Lake Course and in the evening, 200 people attended the lively dinner. Among them were Chiou Fun Sin (’77) and his wife Lau Lee Jan (’81), who made a gift of S$25,000, making them one of nine Platinum Donors. Fun Sin, who met his wife, a fellow DRH resident, on campus, said, “Staying in the Hall was a wonderful and enriching experience for us. You can make 200 friends in a year! A hall is not just a lodging house. It is a big family staying together. Many friends made then still remain as great friends today, more than 30 years later. DRH is also the place where I met my wonderful wife! We benefitted greatly from active hall life. Now that we are in a position to help, we would like to give financially disadvantaged students the opportunity to benefit from the same enriching experience.”
Other Platinum Donors include Ho Chee Yon (’76); Ong Swee Lian (’70) and Lee Yan Kean, who travelled down from Malaysia; Wong Jin Kok (’85) and Leong Siew Wah (’85); Yeo Keng Joon (’73); and Seah Cheng San (’82), Chairman of DRH/SH Charity Golf Organising Committee, and his wife Chong Siak Ching (’81). NTUC Fairprice Foundation, Singapore Totalisator Board and Xtra Office were the other three Platinum Donors.
The Hall’s family vibe was very much in evidence as the dinner progressed – the jokes and quips flew thick and fast and laughter ricocheted off the walls. Gathered around the tables were old friends, some of whom had travelled from other countries in Asia to be present at this event. Loo Yeow Chuen (’80) and Francis Foo (’76) came in from Malaysia, Goh Kee Chor (’85) from Brunei and Quek Toh Hwai (’84) from Shanghai. And like senior members of the family, they were looking out for the next generation of Shearites.
As Gary Tan, Master, Sheares Hall, said, “Anniversaries mean nothing without the alumni to celebrate it with and I am honoured to have committed and passionate alumni like you with whom to share this joyous occasion.”