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Updated: 11/25/2012 06:11 | By Channel NewsAsia

PM Lee launches new scholarship in memory of late grassroots leader

PM Lee launches new scholarship in memory of late grassroots leader


PM Lee launches new scholarship in memory of late grassroots leader

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has launched a new scholarship to fund a Singapore citizen living in Ulu Pandan through university.

The scholarship is in memory of a long—serving grassroots leader, the late Mr Choo Siu Heng, who was known for his commitment to community and care for the elderly.

Mr Lee said: "The recipient must share his values —— must be committed to the community, must care for the elderly, must want to serve and we hope this will be a gesture which will help him or her and after graduating, he or she will come back and serve the community.

"I hope many more young Singaporeans will emulate Choo Siu Heng —— always put Singapore first, serve the community selflessly and nurture the next generation."

The total sum of the scholarship is S$150,000 over ten years which will benefit some ten students.

It was also revealed that the Ulu Pandan Fundraising Committee, led by Mr Sam Goi, Chairman of Ulu Pandan CCC, has also raised close to S$800,000 since last month.

The donations will go to various programmes such as book prizes for students with special needs and qigong and dance fit clubs to keep the elderly active.

Mr Lee also presented jerseys to the Ghim Moh United Football Team, which is made up of youths who have overcome personal difficulties and bonded together through a common love for sports.

— CNA/lp

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