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NUS students raised more than $420,000 for charity through annual Flag Day and first-ever Rag Carnival

08 August 2014 | EducationCommunity
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Students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) raised a total of more than $420,000 through the NUS Students' Union (NUSSU) Flag Day and its first-ever charity carnival at NUSSU Rag Day. Proceeds from the events will benefit 19 charity programmes supported by Community Chest.

The beneficiaries are:

  • As-Salaam PPIS Family Support Centre
  • AWWA School
  • Eden Children's Centre (Clementi)
  • Eden Children's Centre (Simei)
  • Eden School
  • Hospice Day Care Centre
  • Hougang Sheng Hong Family Service Centre
  • Lighthouse School
  • Lions Befrienders
  • Marine Parade Family Service Centre
  • MINDS Clementi Training and Development Centre
  • MINDSVille @ Napiri
  • Pasir Ris Family Service Centre
  • Rainbow Centre – Margaret Drive School
  • Rainbow Centre EIPIC @ Margaret Drive
  • St Andrew's Autism School
  • Student Care Services
  • The Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centres (Sengkang)
  • THK EIPIC Centre @ Choa Chu Kang

A tradition which began more than 50 years ago, Rag and Flag is a signature NUS event that unites the entire NUS community. On Flag Day, NUS students approach members of the public for donations in aid of the beneficiaries. Students put up performances on Rag Day, celebrated after Flag Day, as a show of appreciation to the public for their contributions to the less privileged.

This year's Rag Day, which featured a dazzling showcase of 14 stunning performances put up by some 650 students from 17 NUS Halls of Residence, Faculties and Schools, was graced by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong as the Guest-of-Honour.

NUSSU President Mr Soh Yi Da said, “NUSSU Rag and Flag is a time where NUS students gather to contribute back to the very same society that has nurtured us. While we embrace our heritage and longstanding tradition, this is also a demonstration of the strong solidarity, compassion and concern for the community at large by the students of NUS and the NUS community.”

NUSSU Flag Day 2014

This year's NUSSU Flag Day, which was held on 6 August 2014, saw about 4,000 freshmen and seniors from NUS collecting donations from members of the public islandwide.

Since 2000, NUS students have raised more than $6 million in donations for its beneficiaries through the annual NUSSU Flag Day. For their efforts, they had been receiving the Community Chest Special Events Gold or Platinum Awards on an annual basis since 2003.

NUSSU Rag Day 2014 and “Carnival of Dreams”

Held at the NUS University Town, NUSSU Rag Day 2014 adopted the theme of “Extending Love, Experience NUS”.

This year, NUSSU Rag Day featured its first-ever charity fun fair themed “Carnival of Dreams”. Beneficiaries from the Community Chest charity programmes and visitors enjoyed a host of fun-filled games and activities at 21 booths that were spread across three zones – Land of Terrors, Youth Town and Enchanted Lane, as well as “open guitar case” performances by NUS' very own talents. Visitors and members of the public also contributed to the good cause through the purchase of carnival coupons.

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