The late Mr Wan Boo Sow once said: “If you always think only of yourself, you will always be unhappy.”
It is by these words that the children of the late Mr Wan founded The Wan Boo Sow Charity Fund Limited in honour and in memory of their parents to give to charitable causes in their father’s name. The Wan family has established the Wan Boo Sow & Annie Tan Bursary at the National University of Singapore (NUS) to help financially disadvantaged students.
Despite his humble beginnings, the late Mr Wan always understood the importance of education. He saved whatever little income he earned and eventually saw himself through university with a degree in pharmacy. Along the way, he was also fortunate to have met generous strangers who were kind to him because they saw that he needed their help. Understanding first-hand what it was like to struggle and never forgetting the kindness he received, Mr Wan never failed to extend a helping hand to those who needed it when he became successful.
The Wan Boo Sow & Annie Tan Bursary is awarded to financially disadvantaged students studying at the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, Department of Pharmacy, Department of Social Work and the Faculty of Law. Recipients of this Bursary are also encouraged to contribute to community service.
For Year 1 Social Work student, Chelsea Cheang Jia Yun, receiving the Bursary has allowed her to focus more on her studies and she cannot wait to pay it forward. She says, “Receiving this Bursary has really opened my eyes to how there are really people out there willing to help us. It gives me the feeling that I want to pay it forward and share this generosity extended to me with other people who I will meet along my life’s journey. I want to do my best to contribute to society, in particular work with the elderly, whom I really believe have so many life experiences and so many things to offer.”
Muhammad Ridhwan Bin Saifudeen, a Bursary recipient studying law, is inspired to give back as well. He explains, “The generosity of the donors has made it possible for those from less fortunate backgrounds to obtain a university education, and in so doing, a fair chance at climbing higher on the ladder of success. Their giving without asking for compensation makes their actions all the more noble. I hope to get my degree, pass the bar exam, be a lawyer and give back to society.”
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