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Written by Tan Chin Shu   
Mar 07, 2014 at 04:54 AM

28th February 2014

Dear Franciscans,

Three articles from the Star dated 24th February 2014 caught my attention and I like to share these with you.  These are about contributions or giving back to society but in different ways.  --- DONATE THE  O. C. T.  WAY

1)    New lease of life for teen with rare liver ailment

You may recall that sometime last year, there was an appeal for financial assistance for our Franciscan, Teng Cyun Shen to undertake a liver operation.  In a short period, we were informed that there was enough fund for him.  The next hurdle is to get a suitable donor.  Again, thankfully there was never short of donors.  These donors are “strangers” and are willing to give a part of their very own liver to save another “stranger”.

We are most happy to note that Teng Cyun Shen and doner are doing well.  We wish them a very quick recovery.

This, I called  “O” for “ORGAN” DONATION.

2)    Tycoon gives back to society

Although one may note that a good portion of this Tycoon’s success are from gambling and betting, it is still a good gesture that he donates back to society through their numerous CSR programmes.  Of course, they give by the millions and to a vary wide range of beneficiaries ranging from education, old folks homes, humanitarian assistance, performing arts etc.

It is hoped that such contributions would spur the other Big Boys to do the same for the benefit of the society.

This is “C” for “CASH” DONATION.

3)    Scholars give back

I clearly recalled during the FCKL Inaugural Fund Raising Dinner in 2005, one committee member, Eric Ng Teck Seng (1975) had played a very active role and I was looking forward for his continuing participation with our Alma Mater but unfortunately, he told me that he is committed to another cause i.e. to form another charity organization, “Kuok Foundation Scholars Club” for the recipients of the Kuok Scholarships an avenue to payback.  Today, he and his scholars had successfully established the Club and doing some wonderful works like tuiton, organizing healthy activities to the youths, charitable work etc.

Well done, Teck Seng.

Finally this is “T” for  “TIME” DONATION.

So here we are, today, in this tough and rough world, remember there are still a good number of Samaritans around, giving back in various ways, sacrificing their ORGAN to the ‘sick’, CASH contribution for humanitarian works and TIME contribution to provide community works and reaching to the young.


In this respect, it is worthy to note that we, fellow Franciscans, are also doing our small share of paying back to our dear Alma Mater.  For the last few years, we have witnessed the growth of the “Class Contribution”.  This has been a very successful programme that provides the opportunity for our Alumni to contribute back to the School.  As we are scheduling this on a year to year basis, we are not putting the pressure on the same Alumni time and again for their financial support.  This project also provides the opportunity for our Old Boys/Girls to be re-connected in a bigger way again.

I look forward to the continuity of this programme.  For this work, we would like extend our gratitude to Mr Ong Eng Khiam and his very committed committee members of SFA.


Tan Chin Shu





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