Goodies for every needy families

Goodies for every needy families
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, presenting a token of appreciation to Mr Shareef Bin Abdul Jaffar, Assistant Secretary-General of the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) at Jalan Kayu Community Day on October 5, 2013 (Saturday). MDIS has contributed over S$120K to the Jalan Kayu HeartString Programme since 2010.

A total of 150 needy families received goodies and cash vouchers worth $200 each from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, MPs from Ang Mo Kio GRC and grassroots leaders at Hwi Yoh Community Centre on Oct 5.

The occasion was the Jalan Kayu Community Day during which the goodies were presented under the constituency's HeartString Programme - which was first launched by PM Lee in 2009.

The programme aims to improve the quality of life of senior citizens and needy families with per capita income of less than $450 each month.

The goodies and cash vouchers, worth $30,000 in all, were contributed by the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS). Since 2010, MDIS has contributed over $120,000 to this cause.

MDIS senior director Tan Gek Khim said: "We feel very privileged to be able to partner the Jalan Kayu constituency to hold this meaningful event for the fourth time running. MDIS has given out over $3.93 million in scholarships and bursaries to more than 5,500 students since 1996.

"We hope that, through these outreach activities, our students and staff will have a more holistic view of education - and inculcate the right moral and social values and to play a meaningful role in helping the needy in our community."

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