Saturday, 24 June 2023 – Singapore Children’s Society honoured a total of 70 outstanding volunteers and donors at its yearly awards presentation. Held at the Orchard Hotel, recipients received their awards from President Halimah Yacob, Guest of Honour for the event, and Chairman of Singapore Children’s Society, Mr Koh Choon Hui.
One of Children’s Society’s top awards, the Ruth Wong Award was presented to Associate Professor Lim Lee Ching. The Ruth Wong Award is a prestigious accolade that recognises remarkable volunteers who have served Children’s Society for at least ten years and demonstrated leadership, quality and consistency of service.
Assoc Prof Lim Lee Ching has served as a board member of Children’s Society since 2013, holding membership positions in various committees over the years. Most notably, he was the Chairman of the Information and Corporate Relations Standing Committee from 2016 till April 2023 and the Deputy Chairman of the 70th Anniversary Organising Committee in 2022. He has recently been appointed as Chairman of the Research and Advocacy Standing Committee in May 2023.
As Chairman of the Information and Corporate Relations Standing Committee over the past seven years, he has lent his expertise into guiding the Society’s messaging and communication efforts. Through his roles in other committees, he also actively contributed towards organisational-wide policies and initiatives. For his exceptional leadership and years of dedicated voluntary service, he received the Silver Service and Gold Service Awards in 2016 and 2021 respectively.
Another key award, the Gopal Haridas Award, was presented to the Tote Board and Gartner Advisory (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. The Gopal Haridas Award is awarded to an individual, group or organisation who has raised a significant amount of funds or made donations to Children’s Society in the preceding year.
As a steadfast supporter of Children’s Society, the Tote Board has helped to amplify the Society’s fundraising efforts through its Enhanced Fundraising Programme, in which matching support is provided to local charities. Its subsidiary, Singapore Pools Private Limited, has also supported several of the Society’s projects, such as the publication of “Thinking of Children: The Singapore Children’s Society Collected Lectures (2015 – 2021)” – a series of collected lectures by distinguished speakers on various aspects of childhood.
Similarly, Gartner has demonstrated its consistent commitment to the welfare of children and families through its enduring partnership with Children’s Society. Apart from donating funding received through the Job Support Scheme during the pandemic, they have continued to make substantial donations to support the operations of the Society’s service centres in Singapore.
An annual affair since 1982, the Awards pay tribute to individuals and organisations who have volunteered with or donated to Children’s Society. The conferred awards serve as a recognition of their contribution and commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of the beneficiaries under Children’s Society’s care.
Other award categories presented include the Commendation Service Award, Platinum Award, Platinum Service Award, Gold Award, Gold Service Award, Silver Award and Silver Service Award. The awards are conferred according to the length of volunteer service rendered and amount raised or donated.
About Singapore Children’s Society (www.childrensociety.org.sg)
Singapore Children’s Society protects and nurtures children and youth of all races and religions. In 2021, the Society reached out to 19,973 children, youth and families in need. Established in 1952, its services have evolved to meet the changing needs of children. Today, Children’s Society operates more than 10 service centres islandwide, offering services in the four categories of: Vulnerable Children and Youth, Children and Youth Services, Family Services, and Research and Advocacy.
The charity’s Patron-in-Chief is President Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore.