42 Bizlink beneficiaries receive awards for contributing towards society

Acting Minister for Education and Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence Ong Ye Kung (centre) with guests and beneficiaries at the 30th Anniversary Special Bonus Award Ceremony at Bizlink on Aug 12, 2016.
Acting Minister for Education and Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence Ong Ye Kung (centre) with guests and beneficiaries at the 30th Anniversary Special Bonus Award Ceremony at Bizlink on Aug 12, 2016. ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI

SINGAPORE - Non-profit organisation Bizlink gave out on Friday (Aug 12) Special Bonus Awards to 42 of its beneficiaries - mainly people with disabilities - who have contributed towards building a spirit of volunteering in the community.

Each beneficiary received a sum ranging from $102 to $930, depending on their level of participation in different programmes, such as fundraising events and packing of last year's National Day Parade goodie bags, as well as their willingness to interact with the public to share their stories.

Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Education Minister (Higher Education & Skills), attended the event, which was held at the organisation's centre at Chai Chee Lane as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations. Bizlink offers employment assistance and training to people with disabilities and special needs.

Among the winners was Mr Kamas Mohd, a paraplegic since 1996 when he met with a workplace accident in the oil and gas sector. The 45-year-old is now a part of the Singapore National Wheelchair Basketball team and has represented the country in competitions.

Another beneficiary is Ms Kathy Lee, 28, who has cerebral palsy, and has years of sailing experience, does volunteer work with children with special needs here and abroad.

Mr Lee Soon Hin, Bizlink's vice-chairman, said in a speech at the event that the organisation encourages beneficiaries to contribute to society besides receiving help from the Government and the community.

"It is very heartwarming that our beneficiaries possess such tenacity in serving the organisation. Through these engagements, our beneficiaries are able to achieve independence, dignity, and are are better able to integrate into the society they call home."