Students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have raised close to $230,000 through the Receiving and Giving (Rag) and Flag 2022 organised by the NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU). The donations – raised through the generous contributions from our partners and members of the public – will benefit charity programmes supported by Community Chest through 21 Social Service Agencies (SSAs).
The annual Rag & Flag, organised by NUSSU, keeps alive the fine time-treasured tradition established since 1958 to encourage the NUS community to contribute towards uplifting the lives of the needy and less privileged.
This year, about 1,600 NUS students traversed to different parts of Singapore with their tin cans on Flag Day, which took place on 1 August 2022, to appeal for donations from members of the public in support of the charity programmes. The charity effort culminated in NUSSU Rag & Flag Day, held earlier this morning at NUS’ University Town, graced by Minister for Education Mr Chan Chun Sing, as the Guest-of-Honour.
Wrapping up the fund-raising drive and as a gesture of appreciation to the community for their generous support, about 1,000 NUS students enthralled audiences with captivating performances and scintillating displays. Themed “Against All Odds”, the event showcased 14 energetic performances by NUS students decked out in dazzling hand-made costumes, as well as intricately-decorated thematic props and mobile displays hand-crafted by the students using recycled materials. Members of the public can continue to contribute to this worthy cause through the Giving.sg online donation platform until 15 August 2022.
Mr Lee Yat Bun, President of the 43rd Executive Committee (EXCO) of NUSSU, said, “The guiding principle of NUSSU Rag & Flag – giving back to the greater community – has remained constant despite the pandemic. With the effects of the pandemic felt significantly by the needy and disadvantaged, NUS students remained resolute and steadfast in their outreach efforts. Over the last two years, they found alternative means to continue giving and serving the community. This year, we are exciting to bring Rag & Flag 2022 back to University Town Green once again, and to provide NUS freshmen the experiences of engaging beneficiaries and donors in-person. We are confident that future generations of NUS students will continue to carry this torch and make a difference to people in need.”
The proceeds from this year’s NUSSU Rag and Flag will be channelled through Community Chest to benefit 21 SSAs. These SSAs are:
- Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre
- Autism Resource Centre Singapore
- AWWA School
- Care Community Services Society
- Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (CARE Singapore)
- Club HEAL
- Fei Yue Family Service Centre
- Fernvale Gardens School
- Foundation of Rotary Clubs (Singapore) Ltd
- Grace Orchard School
- Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA)
- HCA Hospice Care
- Lee Kong Chian Gardens School (LGS – Minds)
- Life Community Services Society (LCSS)
- Pathlight School
- Rainbow Centre Singapore
- Samaritans of Singapore (SOS)
- Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
- Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC)
- Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD)
In the last decade, NUS students have raised more than S$3.3 million in donations for Singapore beneficiaries through the annual NUSSU Flag and Rag events.