The Chiam See Tong Sports Fund (CSTSF) has managed to raise $160,000 to aid under-resourced athletes through its Gala Dinner which was held on 22 August 2019 at the Marriott Tang Plaza.
Apart from Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong who was the Guest of Honour, the CSTSF Gala Dinner was also attended by Senior Minister of State for Health and Law Edwin Tong, Nominated MP Yip Pin Xiu, corporate leaders and renowned faces from Singapore’s sports fraternity.
Among the athletes who were present included five-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Choo Choon Seng, Melanie Martens, who captained the 1993 Southeast Asian Games women’s hockey team to a gold medal, and 2018 Asian Games silver medalist in jujitsu Constance Lien.
Co-Patrons of the CSTSF Mr Chiam See Tong and Mrs Lina Chiam were also present.
Said Jose Raymond, one of the founding members of the CSTSF and the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the CSTSF Gala Dinner 2019, “This is what the power of collaboration looks like. Our emphasis has to be plugging gaps in the arena of sports which will reduce or eradicate the instances and probability of inequality in sports.
“Together we can do our part to change a life or two by having many hands-on-deck approach, to give our young athletes a boost in life,” he said.
Since launching in March 2017, the CSTSF has assisted more than 30 athletes, including modern pentathlete Kok Kiat Xuan, national powerlifters Matthew Yap, Matthias Yap and sailor Olivia Chen.
This is the second fundraising dinner organised by the CSTSF since launching in 2017. In 2017, world renowned rugby referee Nigel Owens was the Guest of Honour at the event.