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Singapore Scout Association to set up fund in Nathan’s name

SINGAPORE — In honour of Mr S R Nathan, who was Chief Scout during his presidency, the Singapore Scout Association will be setting up a fund to give scouts in need the chance to attend international jamborees and other overseas scouting events.

Singapore Scout Association to set up fund in Nathan’s name

Scouts paying their last respects to the late former President S R Nathan lying in state at Parliament House, on Aug 25, 2016. Photo: Koh Mui Fong

SINGAPORE — In honour of Mr S R Nathan, who was Chief Scout during his presidency, the Singapore Scout Association will be setting up a fund to give scouts in need the chance to attend international jamborees and other overseas scouting events.

The target for this S R Nathan International Scouting Fund is to raise at least S$100,000, and the money would be disbursed to scouts in need “without regard to race, language and religion”, in line with Mr Nathan’s “spirit of inclusiveness”, the association said in a press release on Thursday (Aug 25).

In extending condolences to his family, the association also remembered that the late former President of Singapore, who died on Monday night, was “particularly concerned that scouts in difficult circumstances would not be held back from full participation” in scouting, and he regularly provided “generous financial support” to scouts in need out of his own pocket for them to attend overseas jamborees.

He was “a kind and generous supporter” of the scout movement before, during and after his presidency, it added.
For more information on the fund and for contributions, members of the public may call 62592858 or email hq [at] scout.org.sg.

The Singapore Scout Association is one of the oldest youth movements in Singapore, beginning in 1910 as the Boy Scouts Movement (Scouting in Singapore). It aims to help young people develop physically, mentally, spiritually and socially, with a strong emphasis on helping and serving others.

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