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Meet the 10 nominated for ST Singaporean of the Year 2015

Good Samaritan Noriza A. Mansor was named the first Straits Times Singaporean of the Year on Tuesday (Feb 2). She made headlines in October 2014 when she went to help the elderly Mr Tan Soy Yong, who had soiled himself while buying groceries with his wife, who uses a wheelchair, at a supermarket.

Madam Noriza, 50, beat nine other contenders - including philanthropists, athletes and environmentalists - to the inaugural title.

We take a look at all the finalists.


No blood ties but 'I see them as my parents'

In a nursing home ward, Mr Tan Soy Yong, 76, lay listlessly in bed. But when Madam Noriza A. Mansor walked into the room, his face lit up and he raised a hand in greeting.

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Paralympian beats the odds to set world record

Yip Pin Xiu is swimming against time - in more ways than one. The Paralympian athlete chalked up a fresh victory against time when she broke a world record at the Asean Para Games (APG) last month, and snagged a gold medal.

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Dad gets the ball rolling by helping at-risk kids

Mr Ang Thiam Hock has watched many of the children in his estate grow up, as well as his own son.

The former sales consultant stopped work around six years ago and spends much of his time running a group that helps children at risk and co-managing a company that hires former offenders.

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Nurse risked her life to help Ebola patients

When news broke earlier this month that Sierra Leone had been officially declared Ebola-free, nurse Wong Li Wai was overjoyed.

During the height of the outbreak in West Africa late last year, the 38-year-old had left the safety of her home in Singapore to volunteer for five weeks in November and December at a Sierra Leone management centre for Ebola.

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They inspired a nation with 2,500km run

Most people would consider running a 500km ultramarathon daunting. But 62-year-old Lim Nghee Huat thought it just wasn't enough of a challenge.

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Green champions put haze fight in consumers' hands

As a child, Kavickumar Muruganathan thought the hazy skies that descended upon Singapore every year were a distant problem, and that it was "just burning in Indonesia".

It was only after he started studying haze hot spots in university that he realised local consumers have a major part to play in preventing them.

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Engineer racing to put Singapore on the tech map

Mr Peter Ho believes in "super soldiers". They may sound like the stuff of Hollywood movies such as The Avengers, but the co-founder of start-up Hope Technik is not being ingenuous.

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Duo realise dream of serving French food to the masses

Mr Dylan Ong has a tattoo of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper on his right forearm. "It's related to my passion for food. And it reminds me that I must always serve others," he says.

Mr Ong, 28, and business partner Joshua Khoo, 31, do that - on more than one level.

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Light of hope for the poor and displaced

Some call Mr Ben Cheong a "living Buddha". Others call him a "godsend". The 56-year-old brushes off these compliments, saying: "It doesn't make a difference to me. But whatever it is, it's an encouragement."

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Conductor hits right note with Grammy-nominated CD

Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang's first CD recording has been nominated for a Grammy award for best orchestral performance, although he considers himself to be "not one for prizes or awards".

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