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The Boys’ Brigade’s charity on the green

The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The BB 75th Anniversary Charity Golf 2005 was held as part of its 75th Jubilee Celebrations. The year-long Jubilee celebrations were officially launched by the BB Patron, President S. R. Nathan, in January 2005.

TANAH MERAH Country Club was the setting for this year’s BB Charity Golf Tournament. A perfect day of sunshine greeted the BB Old Boys and their guests as they came to play a round of golf and at the same time do their bit for the BB.

The generous spirit of those present was evident from their willing hearts and open wallets. The ambitious target of $100,000 was easily met even before a single ball had been hit.

Old Boys, including Mr Khoo Boon Hui, Lt-Gen (Retd) Winston Choo and Mr Sim Kee Boon, were present to lend their support for the event which was in aid of the BB21 Development Fund. The BB21 Development Plan hopes to reach out to every school in Singapore by 2010.

A spokesman said: “We have already made good progress towards this objective as eight new companies have been launched just this year, bringing the total strength of the BB in Singapore to 7,000.”

The many prizes included a Lexus GS300 for those lucky enough to sink a hole-in-one. The first prize of the challenge trophy and a TaylorMade r7 driver was won by Mr Michael Loke, who overcame a field of more than 150 participants to emerge triumphant.

Other notable mentions include the tournament director, Mr Ho Chee Nen, who came in 8th , Lt-Gen (Retd) Choo, who came in 10th , and Mr Sam Tan, Chairman of the 75th Anniversary Charity Golf, who finished in 12th position.

The day was capped by a dinner for all the weary but jubilant golfers. It was a time for them to trade “war stories” from the course and also to do just a little bit more. A watercolour painting by Winston Oh and a photo by Russel Wong were up for auction during the dinner.

An Old Boy, Mr Tan Hup Thye, donated more than $3,000 in addition to taking part in the golf tournament. He was moved to donate generously to the BB because, he said, the BB had changed his life.

Daniel Chong is the Executive, Corporate Communications and Special Projects, The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore.


Methodists saddened by Pope’s death

METHODISTS in Singapore have expressed their condolences to Roman Catholics on the passing away of Pope John Paul II on April 2.

In a letter dated April 4, 2005 to Archbishop Nicholas Chia, Bishop Dr Robert Solomon wrote: “We are deeply saddened by the passing away of Pope John Paul II.

His life and ministry have inspired not only his worldwide flock in the Roman Catholic Church but also millions of others who have seen in him a life that was spent for God and man.

“At this time of grief and loss, when your earthly shepherd has gone to be forever with the Great Shepherd, the Methodist community in Singapore wish to express our deep condolences to you and your flock. In the midst of the grief, we can also rejoice in a life that was well-lived. May God continue to bless His church and help all to continue in His will.”


MWS Flag Day on May 21

THE Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) will hold its Flag Day this year on May 21.

Thousands of people the MWS serves – the sick and frail, the elderly, the disadvantaged families, children and youth – will be relying on your support and generosity.

Every dollar counts and helps to defray MWS’ operating deficit of more than $3 million at its nursing home, home for the destitute, family service centres, children and youth centres, and home hospice care. It also gives out bursary awards.

The MWS is appealing for donors as well as volunteers to sign up as flag-sellers.

Please approach your pastor or contact Ms Clara Lick (Tel: 6478-4723, email ClaraLick@mws.org.sg) or Ms Katy Tay (Tel: 6478-4708, email KatyTay@mws.org.sg) or visit our website at www.mws.org.sg