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Volunteers and supporters recognised at SAFRA Awards

More than 100 volunteers and corporate supporters were recoginsed, and two people won the new Outstanding New Volunteer Award.

SINGAPORE: 111 volunteers and corporate supporters were commended at the biennial SAFRA Awards on Wednesday (Aug 6), for championing its mission to recognise NSmen for their contributions to national defence. These recipients had volunteered their time and expertise towards the development of SAFRA, the National Service Resort and Country Club (NSRCC) and SAFRA radio. 

Some new projects managed by volunteers and staff, include the waterfront SAFRA Punggol Club, the enhancement works to SAFRA Mount Faber, and redevelopment of SAFRA Tampines and NSRCC.

Addressing the volunteers at the 13th SAFRA Awards, Minister for Defence and Chairman of the SAFRA Board of Governors, Dr Ng Eng Hen said, "Selfless, you give in time and give in effort as you believe that our NSmen's contribution should be recognised. That will motivate them to be serious to defend this nation. This is an important part of Total Defence."

A new award category - Outstanding New Volunteer Award - was introduced this year. The recipients are 25-year-old Zhao Dexin, who spearheaded the formation of SAFRA Entrepreneurs' Club and 36-year-old Don Goh, chairman of the SAFRA Dragon Boat Team that clinched the bronze medal at the recent Singapore Dragonboat Festival 2014.

COL (NS) Peter Lam, chairman of SAFRA Volunteer Management Committee and chairman of the Organising Committee of the 13th SAFRA Awards, shared, "To date, we are privileged to have close to 400 active volunteers - dedicated NSmen and individuals who serve on the various committees within SAFRA, NSRCC and SAFRA Radio to offer their talents, professional expertise and unwavering efforts to make a positive impact to the lives of NSmen."

11 corporate supporters were also recognised for their generous contributions in appreciation of NSmen's role towards national defence. The 13th SAFRA Awards was held at Mount Faber this year. Since its inception, a total of 968 awards have been presented to volunteers and corporate partners.