Eusoff Hall (EH) at NUS turns 60 this year and through their Diamond Jubilee celebrations — comprising a dance production, fun fair, golf tournament and gala dinner — has raised close to $500,000 for current and future needy Eusoff students, exceeding their target of $400,000.
On the need for fundraising, EH Master Associate Professor Goh Beng Lan, also from NUS Southeast Asian Studies, said, “We find that the situation of worsening financial difficulties is affecting the studies of Eusoff Hall residents and preventing them from benefitting fully from learning opportunities at Eusoff Hall.”
Sharing how the donations would be used, Assoc Prof Goh said, “The endowed funds will provide Eusoff Hall with a perpetual source of funding to support financially disadvantaged Eusoff Hall residents (known affectionately as “Eusoffians”), so that generations of Eusoffians can study with ease and continue to benefit from value-added experiential learning programmes offered at Eusoff Hall and enjoy an immersive hall life on campus.”
The funds will be used to establish the Eusoff Endowed Bursary and Eusoff Endowed Student Advancement Award. The Bursary will provide financial assistance to undergraduates, allowing them to avail themselves of experiential learning opportunities at the Hall. The Award will help to cover needy EH residents’ hall fees and provide an allowance for academic expenses.
The Eusoff Hall Dance Production on 24 January, titled “Legacy”, told the story of a young boy who dreams of being a superhero. Involving 207 EH residents, the production featured an intriguing blend of dance, drama and innovative lighting, and was staged at the new Mediacorp MES Theatre in front of a 1,200-strong audience.
Eusoff Fiesta on 17 March saw 500 people enjoying themselves at the four food stalls, nine game booths and flea market. At the flea market, donated items from Senior Common Room Committee members ranging from household goods to books were available for sale.
More than 140 avid golfers teed off for a good cause on 23 March at Seletar Country Club for the Eusoff Charity Golf Tournament. Golfers included former EH residents as well as participants from the business community and NUS Society (NUSS). Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) graced the occasion as Guest-of-Honour.
Capping the 60th Anniversary Celebrations was the Eusoff Charity Gala Dinner on 6 April at NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House, featuring performances by Eusoff Choir, Eusoff Acapella and Eusoff Band. Speaking during the dinner, Ms Sean Kuan-Thye, EH 60th Anniversary Committee Chair, thanked the donors for their generosity and spirit of giving that would help to ensure that no deserving student at Eusoff Hall would be denied residence at the Hall due to financial challenges.