Singapore Red Cross Awards 2015

Professional volunteers, youth humanitarians receive prestigious awards from President


Singapore, 6 October 2015 – Veterans, professionals and youth volunteers were among the top winners at the third Singapore Red Cross (SRC) Awards 2015, held at the Red Cross Home for the Disabled today. SRC’s Patron President Tony Tan Keng Yam, presented the awards honouring 25 individuals and 6 organisations for their significant contributions to help the most vulnerable in the community.

Several of this year’s winners are working professionals; well established in their careers and equally committed to skills-based volunteerism. Their efforts led to SRC’s achievements of significant milestones, such as the appointment as National Blood Donor Recruiter in 2001 and conferment of Charity Governance Award in 2013.

“I was pleased to present the 2015 Singapore Red Cross Awards to SRC volunteers and partners for their commitment and contributions to furthering the mission of SRC to relieve suffering, protect lives and respond to emergencies,” said President Tony Tan. “My warmest congratulations to the award recipients. They are role models of how we can all play a part in building and shaping a caring and inclusive society by giving their time, skills and efforts to social causes. Well done!”

“Skill-set volunteering can go beyond direct interaction with beneficiaries. We have a handful of veterans who volunteer behind the scenes, advising and guiding us constructively with their vast knowledge and experience of their respective fields, be it finance or communications. Their insightful feedback and perceptive guidance played an instrumental role in consolidating our position as a leading and trusted charity which has served the most vulnerable for 66 years,” said Mr Tee Tua Ba, SRC’s Chairman.

Award Recipients

Mr Chris Liew, recipient of SRC Distinguished Service Award, has served the Society for over 20 years in different capacities, such as the Honorary Treasurer and the Chairman of Finance and Investment Committee. Previously the Accountant-General of Singapore, Mr Liew’s vast financial knowledge has helped SRC adopt best practices in financial reporting and ensured that there was accountability and transparency. Dr Clarence Tan, recipient of SRC Outstanding Service Award, played a pivotal role in establishing the current National Blood Programme model, which is based on a partnership between SRC and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). The HSA-SRC partnership has become a successful model for blood banks in other countries to emulate.

Three outstanding youths, Han Wan Chee, Joey Lee Jia Yi and Aluquin Dominique Anne Surato, all 16, received the SRC President’s Youth Award. They were selected from over 800 graduating Red Cross Youth cadets based on wide-ranging criteria that included leadership qualities, global perspectives, excellence in academics and service to RCY.

“We appreciate your years of unstinting service and the personal sacrifices that you have made along the way. With your solid support of time, skills and resources, you too become the beacon of hope for our beneficiaries,” Mr Tee said in his address to award winners.

The 14 recipients of SRC Commendation Award made impactful contributions in fundraising, caring for disabled residents, disaster response and blood donation. Volunteers like them fuel the SRC’s continuous service to the vulnerable, locally and abroad.

The annual Singapore Red Cross Awards recognises the contributions of volunteers and partners who have given selflessly of their time, expertise and resources to further SRC’s mission. Four SRC Distinguished Service Awards, four SRC Outstanding Service Awards, three SRC President Youth’s Awards, 14 SRC Commendation Awards, and six Friends of SRC Awards were given out at the Awards Ceremony (see Annex A for the list of award recipients).

President’s first visit to Red Cross Home for the Disabled

After the Awards Ceremony, President Tony Tan met and interacted with residents of the Red Cross Home for the Disabled (RCHD) and its Day Activity Centre (DAC). Home to over 100 residents, RCHD has a team of dedicated nursing professionals, therapy and healthcare aides, physiotherapists as well as occupational and speech therapists, who provide quality care to residents with multiple disabilities. A number of the residents’ families are also beneficiaries of SRC’s FoodAid and TransportAid services.

Award Criteria / Recipients

The SRC Awards recognises contributions of volunteers and partners who have given selflessly of their time and resources to further SRC’s mission.

Singapore Red Cross Distinguished Service Award (SRCDSA)

Recipients: Mr Jagan Chapagain, Mr Jeremy England, Mr Chris Liew, Ms Rose Tan

Singapore Red Cross Outstanding Service Award (SRCOSA)

Recipients: Mr Charles Ng, Dr David Roy Paul, Dr Clarence Tan, Dr Diana Teo

Singapore Red Cross Commendation Award (SRCCA)

Recipients: Ms Joyce Arul, Mr Nicholas Boon, Ms Caryn Cheng, Ms Foo Sin Yee, Nica, Ms Goh Min Hui, Ms Shirley Goh, Ms Susan Goh, Mr Bethlehem Holaysan, Ms Jenny Hu, Ms Navaratnarajah Alice Pavalaratna, Ms Terene Seow, Mrs Lotus Soh, Mr Suhaimi Bin Sudar, Ms Ebenazer K William

Friend of SRC Award (FSRCA)

Recipients: Changi Airport Group, DBS Bank, Every Nation Church Singapore, Love@Pal, Patrick D Harrigan Foundation, SMRT Corporation Ltd

SRC President’s Youth Award

Recipients: Senior Warrant Officer Han Wan Chee, Senior Warrant Officer Joey Lee Jia Yi, Senior Warrant Officer Aluquin Dominique Anne Surato

Speech For SRC Awards 2015