Updated: 11/10/2012 07:36

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calls on Singaporeans to give back to society



Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calls on Singaporeans to give back to society


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged Singaporeans to contribute back to society in ways big or small. 

He says the country's success cannot be measured just by GDP growth, but also the growth of values such as compassion, altruism and empathy. 

PM Lee was speaking at the Singapore Children's Society 60th anniversary charity gala dinner this evening. 

Since it was established in 1952, the Singapore Children's Society has reached out to more than 67,000 children, youth and families in need. 

Noting the Society's good work, the Prime Minister said Singapore is better - for what the Society and other voluntary welfare organisations have done. 

Mr Lee noted that more Singaporeans are also giving back to society. 

He said volunteerism is on the rise, while donations reached at least 900 million dollars last year - the highest in 10 years. 

Mr Lee added that the government will always do its part to help the less fortunate especially through education, through housing and through financial assistance schemes.

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