NUS students raised more than S$400,000 for 21 charity programmes

12 August 2017 | Education , General News
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Students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have raised more than S$400,000 through the NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU) Rag and Flag 2017. This annual charity event aims to inculcate a spirit of giving and volunteerism among NUS students, and to provide a platform for new undergraduates to integrate into the NUS community.

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Students from the NUS Business School entertained the crowd with their dynamic and colourful dance performance at NUSSU Rag Day 2017.

Proceeds from NUSSU Rag and Flag 2017 will benefit 21 charity programmes supported by Community Chest. These beneficiaries are:

  1. Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre - Youth Infinity
  2. AWWA Special Student Care Centre
  3. Fei Yue Community Services
  4. Fei Yue Family Service Centre
  5. HCA Hospice Care - Day Hospice Centre
  6. HealthServe
  7. Lighthouse School
  8. Lions Befrienders Service Association (Singapore)
  9. Metta Welfare Association
  10. MINDS - Ang Mo Kio
  11. MINDS - Fernvale Gardens School
  12. MINDS - Lee Kong Chian Gardens School
  13. MINDS - Clementi Training and Development Centre
  14. Pathlight School
  15. Rainbow Centre - Margaret Drive School
  16. SPD
  17. St. Andrew’s Autism Centre
  18. Student Care Service - Clementi Centre
  19. The Salvation Army - Prison Support Services - Kids In Play
  20. The Singapore Cheshire Home
  21. TOUCH Community Services Limited - TOUCH Home Care

Since 2000, NUS students have raised more than S$7 million in donations for Singapore beneficiaries through the annual NUSSU Flag and Rag events. For their efforts, they had been receiving the Community Chest Special Events Gold or Platinum Awards on an annual basis since 2003.

About NUSSU Rag and Flag

A tradition that began in the late 1950s, Rag and Flag is a signature NUS event that brings together freshmen and seniors from different Halls of Residence, Faculties and Schools, to develop a strong bond during months of intensive preparations.

This year, about 6,000 NUS students visited various parts of Singapore on Flag Day, which took place on 8 August 2017, to collect donations from members of the public in support of the beneficiaries. 

As a show of appreciation to the public for their generous support, some 2,000 NUS students put up well-choreographed, dazzling performances for Rag Day, which was held earlier today. Themed “Reminisce and Flourish”, the event featured 12 captivating performances by students decked out in dazzling hand-made costumes, as well as intricately-decorated thematic props and mobile displays which were constructed by NUS students using recycled materials.

Mr Tan Wee Bian, President of NUSSU, said, “Giving back to the community has always been an integral part of the annual NUSSU Rag and Flag, and this is a proud tradition that is continually nurtured and embraced by the NUS community. By working closely together to prepare for Flag Day and Rag Day, both freshmen and seniors have the opportunity to forge new friendships and foster teamwork, as well as develop empathy towards the underprivileged and vulnerable members of our society. I hope that NUS freshmen and seniors will continue to inspire each other to make meaningful contributions to the wider community.”