SINGAPORE: Charity fundraiser Community Chest will have a new chairman next month.
Veteran hotelier Jennie Chua is handing over chairmanship of Community Chest at the next Annual General Meeting of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) in August.
The NCSS says Ms Chua will continue as an adviser of Community Chest.
She will be succeeded by Mr Phillip Tan who is concurrently vice-president of the NCSS Board.
Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing thanked Ms Chua for her outstanding service to Community Chest over the past 14 years.
Mr Chan noted the growth in funds raised and reach of Community Chest under Ms Chua's leadership.
He said that in engaging organisations and members of the public in worthwhile causes, Ms Chua also helped nurture a more caring and giving community.
Referring to her personal attention to driving the Community Chest's many initiatives, Mr Chan said Ms Chua is "an inspiration to others to likewise volunteer their time and expertise to improve the lives of less fortunate members in our society, as well as to transform more lives for the better".
Meanwhile Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, president of NCSS, said Ms Chua's impact on the social service sector extended beyond raising funds for those in need.
She has, through Community Chest's many public education efforts, helped to raise the level of social consciousness in Singapore.
Mr Hsieh said he is grateful that Mr Tan has taken on the mantle even with his heavy range of community service commitments.
"Mr Tan is a stalwart in engaging the community, the corporate world and man in the street to show their care and concern through giving in small and big ways. His extensive understanding of how people want to give to current needs and to pay it forward will make him a strong mobiliser of contributions from the community," added Mr Hsieh.
Mr Tan said his colleagues in Community Chest look forward to working with the Singapore community to contribute to meeting the needs of the disadvantaged such as children with special needs, the elderly, those with disability and families who need support while resolving issues.
He added that he welcomes and would be grateful to any suggestions from the Singapore community. - CNA/ir
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