Mr VR Alagappan,
President of Sri Ruthra Kaliamman
Patron Mr Shriniwas
Anbarasu Rajendran, CEO of SINDA
Ladies and Gentlemen
is my pleasure to join you to present the Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple annual scholarship
and bursary awards this year.
This is the 24th year of the
awards, and I understand that the Temple disburses about $75,000 in scholarship
and bursary awards every year to students in need, regardless of race or
religion. This embodies our spirit of national solidarity, and is aligned with
the Commitment to Safeguard Religious Harmony, which the Temple affirmed last
year. I commend the Temple for upholding our treasured values, and for reaching
out to families from other faiths.
Community Support to Help Our Students Excel
am also heartened that many organisations and individuals have contributed to the
Temple’s Scholarship and Bursary Fund over the years. The fund was started in
1996 by the late Mr S Rasiah, a former vice-president of the Temple. To this
day, his family continues to make contributions to the fund. In 2015, another
temple devotee Mdm Alamelu Arunachalam contributed about $500,000 to the fund
in honour of her late parents Mr Arunachalam Chettiar and Mdm Mangayakarasi
financial assistance, the Temple also partners organisations like SINDA and the
Hindu Endowment Board to conduct regular supplementary classes for students to
help them in their studies. Through these classes, students bond with
volunteers from various backgrounds who make the time to mentor and help them
to achieve their potential.
The Importance of Paying It Forward
community support is invaluable in helping our students achieve their hopes and
dreams, and many of them pay it forward by helping others. One of them is 24-year-old Mr Ginesh S/O Kasi.
Ginesh received the scholarship in 2014 and 2015, and it helped to support his
pursuit of a diploma in electrical engineering at Nanyang Polytechnic. Ginesh
is now serving in the Republic of Singapore Navy as a platform technician and
intends to study accountancy in the future.
has gone on to help others in his community. He has been an active volunteer with
the Temple for the past 12 years. In addition to regularly helping with the major
temple activities, he mentors the children who attend religious classes in the
temple. I encourage all the student recipients today to similarly do your best,
pursue your aspirations, and help to lift others in our society.
7 Let me conclude. For
more than two decades, the
Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple has worked with donors, volunteers and partners to organise
this annual award, which has benefitted thousands of students. This shows the
good that a community can achieve when it comes together. My warmest
congratulations to the 206 students from primary to tertiary levels who will
receive scholarships and bursaries today. May it help you to go further and do
8 I wish you all a Happy New Year. Thank