Students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have raised more than S$400,000 through the NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU) Rag and Flag 2017. This annual charity event aims to inculcate a spirit of giving and volunteerism among NUS students, and to provide a platform for new undergraduates to integrate into the NUS community.
Proceeds from NUSSU Rag and Flag 2017 will benefit 21 charity programmes supported by Community Chest. These beneficiaries are:
- Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre - Youth Infinity
- AWWA Special Student Care Centre
- Fei Yue Community Services
- Fei Yue Family Service Centre
- HCA Hospice Care - Day Hospice Centre
- Lighthouse School
- Lions Befrienders Service Association (Singapore)
- Metta Welfare Association
- MINDS - Ang Mo Kio
- MINDS - Fernvale Gardens School
- MINDS - Lee Kong Chian Gardens School
- MINDS - Clementi Training and Development Centre
- Pathlight School
- Rainbow Centre - Margaret Drive School
- St. Andrew’s Autism Centre
- Student Care Service - Clementi Centre
- The Salvation Army - Prison Support Services - Kids In Play
- The Singapore Cheshire Home
- TOUCH Community Services Limited - TOUCH Home Care
Since 2000, NUS students have raised more than S$7 million in donations for Singapore beneficiaries through the annual NUSSU Flag and Rag events. For their efforts, they had been receiving the Community Chest Special Events Gold or Platinum Awards on an annual basis since 2003.
About NUSSU Rag and Flag
A tradition that began in the late 1950s, Rag and Flag is a signature NUS event that brings together freshmen and seniors from different Halls of Residence, Faculties and Schools, to develop a strong bond during months of intensive preparations.
This year, about 6,000 NUS students visited various parts of Singapore on Flag Day, which took place on 8 August 2017, to collect donations from members of the public in support of the beneficiaries.
As a show of appreciation to the public for their generous support, some 2,000 NUS students put up well-choreographed, dazzling performances for Rag Day, which was held earlier today. Themed “Reminisce and Flourish”, the event featured 12 captivating performances by students decked out in dazzling hand-made costumes, as well as intricately-decorated thematic props and mobile displays which were constructed by NUS students using recycled materials.
Mr Tan Wee Bian, President of NUSSU, said, “Giving back to the community has always been an integral part of the annual NUSSU Rag and Flag, and this is a proud tradition that is continually nurtured and embraced by the NUS community. By working closely together to prepare for Flag Day and Rag Day, both freshmen and seniors have the opportunity to forge new friendships and foster teamwork, as well as develop empathy towards the underprivileged and vulnerable members of our society. I hope that NUS freshmen and seniors will continue to inspire each other to make meaningful contributions to the wider community.”