Sembcorp Marine Makes Record Donation of $300,000 To Help Needy Students
Sembcorp Marine made a record contribution of $300,000 this year under its School Book Assistance Grant (SchoolBAG) programme to help more needy students and their families during the current economic slowdown.
A total of 1,492 student recipients benefited from the $300,000 SchoolBAG donation this year, representing an 18.88% increase in recipients from 1,255 last year and a 13.4% rise in grant contribution as compared to $264,550 in 2007. The number of participating schools has also increased from 102 schools in 2007 to 107 schools this year.
As part of Sembcorp Marine’s Community Care and Social Responsibility programme, the SchoolBAG scheme was launched in December 2001 to provide financial assistance to help low-income families subsidise their children’s basic education expenses, such as school textbooks, uniforms and stationery items. Since the SchoolBAG programme inception seven years ago, more than $1.56 million in grants have been disbursed to 7,565 recipients studying in the communities around subsidiary yards Jurong Shipyard and Sembawang Shipyard.
To enable more to benefit from the SchoolBAG programme, the scheme was broadened in 2007 with the raising of the combined family income criterion from $1,250 to $1,500. Last year, the scheme was also extended to student recipients of other financial assistance not exceeding more than $200 for Primary, $400 for Secondary and $600 for Junior College/Pre-U/ITE levels.
The SchoolBAG presentation ceremony at Christ Church Secondary School was graced by the Guest-of-Honour Mr K. Shanmugam, Minister for Law and Second Minister for Home Affairs, Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC where he presented the grants to student representatives from the participating schools. The remaining students would receive their SchoolBAG grants through their respective schools’ principals.
Also present at the SchoolBAG Presentation Ceremony from Sembcorp Marine were Mr Wong Weng Sun, President & Chief Operating Officer, and Mr Wong Peng Kin, Director, Group Human Resource, in the company of union representatives.
“I am heartened to note that even in this challenging economic condition, Sembcorp Marine in fact has increased the grants this year …(so that) more students can qualify. That exemplifies corporate citizenry and we salute Sembcorp Marine from the bottom of our heart.”
“It is organisations, like Sembcorp Marine, that make a real difference to the lives of people and students. For the 7500 students, meaningful differences have been made to their lives by one organisation and I wish to thank Sembcorp Marine for the wonderful support.”
“We have increased our funding for the SchoolBAG scheme to $300,000 this year to reach out to more needy students and their families in light of the challenging economic situation. The additional SchoolBAG funding is a reflection of our continuous commitment to make a positive difference to the community as a socially responsible corporate citizen. Through this, we hope to encourage and inspire our student recipients to excel in their studies and realize their fullest potential in life.”
“The School Book Assistance Grant is very helpful as it enables me to have the funds to buy assessment books and stationery items that I need next year. Without having to worry about raising the money to buy the items, I can better concentrate on performing well in next year’s examination”
Pang Kang Jie from Christ Church Secondary.
“The School Book Assistance Grant helps alot in lightening the financial load of my family for purchases such as school uniform, school shoes and daily pocket money”
Wong Wei Ting from Fuchun Primary School.