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Record number honoured at the Patron of Heritage Awards

Published on Apr 25, 2014 6:44 PM
 
Dr Jon and Mrs Doreen Lim, who are among the 74 receipients in the newly introduced Supporter category of the National Heritage Board’s (NHB) annual Patron of Heritage awards held at the National Museum of Singapore on April 25, 2014. A record number of Singapore heritage heroes were honoured on Friday evening. 108 individuals, corporations and businesses received the National Heritage Board's (NHB) Patron of Heritage Awards, compared to 42 last year. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

A record number of Singapore heritage heroes were honoured on Friday evening. 108 individuals, corporations and businesses received the National Heritage Board's (NHB) Patron of Heritage Awards, compared to 42 last year.

The number got a major boost with the introduction of a new award category, Supporter. It honours those who contribute between $10,000 and $49,999 - in cash or in kind - to museums, arts and heritage.

The NHB says this newly introduced category at the annual awards is intended to broaden the pool of supporters for the heritage scene, and encourage organisations and individuals to get involved in preserving the country's unique heritage.

At a simple ceremony held at the National Museum of Singapore, the philanthropists were recognised for cash and in-kind contributions and donations of objects. The total amount received in 2013 was $20 million, more than twice that in 2012. Acting Minister for Community, Culture and Youth Lawrence Wong gave out the awards.

 
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