Singapore Children's Society Chairman Mr Koh Choon Hui receives highest accolade with Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award
197 volunteers were honoured by Ministry of Social and Family Development with the MSF Volunteer Awards this year. The Award's highest accolade - the Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award - was presented to Mr Koh Choon Hui, Chairman of Singapore Children's Society.
Mr Koh is a champion for children's rights and issues locally and regionally. He has chaired the Singapore Children's Society since 1978, building it up to become one of the leading charities in Singapore. He is the Singapore Government Representative on children's rights to the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children since 2010. Mr Koh is the fifth person to receive the Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award since the Awards began in 2009.
Given out annually, the MSF Volunteer Awards recognises individuals and organisations that have made significant contributions towards the cause of the Ministry. 164 awards were given out this year, including one Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award, five Outstanding Volunteer Awards, 14 Friends of MSF award, and 144 Long Service Award recipients.
Among the Outstanding Volunteer Award recipients this year are three sets of foster parents, all of whom are fostering children with special needs. They are:
• Mdm Jamilah Syed Ahmat and Mr Hashim Abdullah, who have fostered a child with special needs for 20 years. Mdm Jamilah came up with innovative ways to help her foster child walk, and has nurtured her into a confident and articulate person.
• Mdm Zainab Bte Bakar and Mr Abdullah Bin Sulaiman, foster parents for 12 years to a child with cerebral palsy. Mdm Zainab is unwaveringly committed to her foster child's care, and attends lovingly to all his basic and medical needs.
• Mdm Wong Lai Fung Susan and Mr Gerard Almonte, whose foster child was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay and mild autism. They took many courses to learn how to best care for him, and have been fostering him for six years since.
Two individuals also received the Outstanding Volunteer Award. Each of them has made valuable contributions to strengthening the social service sector in their own way.
• Ms Anita Fam, an active leader and member of various boards and committees in the social service sector, including the Families for Life Council and National Council of Social Service and chairing the Enabling Masterplan 3 Steering Committee.
• Ms Monica Seng, who has been a Volunteer Probation Officer (VPO) for 17 years, and the Chairperson of the VPO Committee since 2015. She is well-respected by her probationers and fellow VPOs for her commitment and demeanour.
The volunteers received their awards today at a ceremony hosted by Minister for Social and Family Development Mr Desmond Lee. Thanking the volunteers for their efforts, Mr Lee said, "The volunteers whom we are recognising tonight serve in various capacities. But what they share in common is an instinctive heart to give themselves in service of others, and an intuitive spirit of giving back to the community. This is the spirit that is at the core of a caring and inclusive society."
The full list of recipients can be found in the Annex.