Honouring our Supporters at our Annual Awards
Mdm Rashidah Bte Abdul Rasip (left) is presented with the Ruth Wong Award.
She has worn hats at the Ministry of Education, and even served as the Chief Executive Officer of Mendaki. Yet, for the last 12 years, Mdm Rashidah Bte Abdul Rasip has found time to volunteer with Singapore Children’s Society, providing advice and insights to ensure it remains relevant to the changing needs of the children we serve.
For her exceptional leadership and years of voluntary service, Mdm Rashidah, 58, currently Vice Chairperson of the Social Work Service Standing Committee and a member of the Society’s Executive Committee, received this year’s Ruth Wong Award.
She was presented the award by Guest-of-Honour President Halimah Yacob at Singapore Children’s Society Awards Presentation 2019, held on 12 June at Pan Pacific Singapore.
Despite her busy schedule, Madam Rashidah finds time to meet and share her thoughts with Society staff, participates in and attends many of the Society’s events, and contributes to the continual improvement and strengthening of our social services.
“The greatest motivation comes from knowing that the Society’s intervention programmes have helped the children we serve. The progress that we see in the development of the children, even though it is incremental, keeps us going,” she said.
The late Ms Angela Koh Chay Yong was also honoured at the event, and her family was presented a Gold Award on her behalf. The Gold Award is given to those who raise between $100,000 and $299,999 on behalf of the Society, or who donate between $50,000 and $149,999.
The late Ms Koh passed away after a short battle with cancer two years ago at the age of 57, but had chosen Singapore Children’s Society as a charity to contribute to posthumously, said her sister Dr Koh Chay Hui, 56.
The late Ms Koh, an architect and director of Point Architects, built beautiful homes, but maintained that it was more important for a home to be an anchor, a refuge, and a happy place to live. While she was single, she was especially sympathetic to the plight of vulnerable children, determined that they would not be left behind or forgotten.
A total of 32 volunteers and donors were honoured at the event. Other recipients included Far East Organization and Capital C Corporation, which received Gold Awards for their donations of $60,000 and $50,000 respectively.
Thank you to all our supporters and donors for making a difference to the lives of children, youth and families in need.