Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling is on a quest for perfection as he aims to make it nine golds in nine events at next month's SEA Games.
But out of the pool, the swimmer will also be chasing another mark - in the name of charity.
The University of Texas student hopes to raise $50,000 for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF), which provides pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school.
To kick things off, Schooling will donate $5,000 to the fund.
He hopes he can hit the target sum to coincide with Singapore's 50th anniversary of independence.
Said the 19-year-old: "The public has always supported me, and now it's my turn to give back and to help other people, especially the less fortunate.
"I chose the SPMF because children are the future of Singapore, and I want to do something to help them.
"Hopefully, I can inspire them both with my swims and the funds raised."
The public can make donations at https://www.simplygiving.com/josephschooling.
Besides giving to the SPMF, Schooling will also donate $5,000 to the Eurasian Association (EA).
The SEA Games swimming competition takes place from June 6-11 at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.
Schooling's first event is the 100m freestyle on June 7.
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This article was first published on May 26, 2015.
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