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Shortlisted candidates for Exemplary Mother Award face panel of judges for first time

Madam Claire Chiang, senior vice president of Banyan Tree Holdings, is one of the judges for the Exemplary Mother Award. Ten mothers who were shortlisted for the award faced the panel of judges for the first time on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. -- ST FILE
Madam Claire Chiang, senior vice president of Banyan Tree Holdings, is one of the judges for the Exemplary Mother Award. Ten mothers who were shortlisted for the award faced the panel of judges for the first time on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JOSEPH NAIR
Ms Azeemah Mustafa, project director of community development at Jamiyah Singapore, with the President's Shield. The winner of the Exemplary Mother Award, which has been organised by Jamiyah Singapore since 1993, will get to keep the shield
Ms Azeemah Mustafa, project director of community development at Jamiyah Singapore, with the President's Shield. The winner of the Exemplary Mother Award, which has been organised by Jamiyah Singapore since 1993, will get to keep the shield for a month. -- ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN
The winner of the Exemplary Mother Award will get to keep the President's Shield (above) for a month. The ten mothers who were shortlisted for the award faced the panel of judges for the first time on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: AUD
The winner of the Exemplary Mother Award will get to keep the President's Shield (above) for a month. The ten mothers who were shortlisted for the award faced the panel of judges for the first time on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN

Ten mothers who were shortlisted for the Exemplary Mother Award faced the panel of judges for the first time on Tuesday. One of the judges, Madam Claire Chiang, senior vice president of Banyan Tree Holdings, described candidates as being "top quality", which makes deciding on a winner a "tough call" for the panel of judges.

She also applauded the mothers for being able to strike a balance between raising children, overcoming hardships and contributing to society. Organised by Jamiyah Singapore since 1993, the yearly award recognises mothers from all walks of life for their sacrifices, love for families and determination in overcoming obstacles.

The Chairman of the Women and Family department, Nora Rustham, said challenges that were overcome by candidates include raising children amid financial difficulty, sickness or the loss of a husband.

This year will mark the 21st anniversary of the event, and the winner and four runners-up will be announced at the Exemplary Mother Award Presentation and Hi Tea Reception on Sept 29. The event will be held at the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore and is open to the public. Tickets are priced at $80.The winner will walk away with $5,000 cash and a certificate. She will also get to keep the President's Shield for a month.