Underprivileged children in South West District receive transport vouchers

The South West Community Development Council and ExxonMobil commemorated more than 15 years of partnership on June 26 (Tuesday). At the event, more than $55,000 worth of gift vouchers were given out to 1,500 student beneficiaries.
The South West Community Development Council and ExxonMobil commemorated more than 15 years of partnership on June 26 (Tuesday). At the event, more than $55,000 worth of gift vouchers were given out to 1,500 student beneficiaries.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

SINGAPORE - About 1,500 needy students living in the South West District received gift vouchers on June 26 (Tuesday) to help with their school transport costs and 120 of the recipients also enjoyed a day out at the Science Centre.

More than $55,000 worth of vouchers were given out to students under the South West Community Development Council-ExxonMobil Transport Bursary.

Each beneficiary will receive up to $120 in transport e-vouchers.

The event on Tuesday is to commemorate more than 15 years of partnership between South West Community Development Council (CDC) and ExxonMobil Asia Pacific.

ExxonMobil is the CDC's longest-serving corporate partner to date.

About $1 million in bursaries have been disbursed to close to 8,000 vulnerable students, and 1,200 rental households have received about $200,000 worth of grocery packs over the years.

Mayor Low Yen Ling said ExxonMobil's transport bursaries and annual grocery pack distribution "have gone a long way in uplifting vulnerable families and young students".

"Year after year, ExxonMobil volunteers have turned up in full force with their families to pack the grocery items to be given away. We salute their unwavering commitment and spirit of service," added Ms Low.

Mr Robert Johnston, ExxonMobil Singapore's chemical plant manufacturing director, said: "We see education as a foundation for the future, providing the building blocks for a successful career.

"We are glad to be a part of the transport bursary programme; to be able to do our part and support students and their families with their school transport costs."

Bursary recipient Nurina Balqis Fready Fazli, a Primary 5 pupil from Juying Primary School, said the vouchers will help her family.

"We are very thankful for the support by ExxonMobil because the bursary will help our family save more money."