The Chiam See Tong Sports Fund (CSTSF) made two important announcements on Friday, June 8, 2018. First, that it received an in-principle to be registered as a Charity, and secondly, that the CSTSF has made changes to its Board of Directors.
Jose Raymond has stepped down as Vice-Chairman of CSTSF, but will stay on as Board Director. Edmond Pereira has been appointed as the new Vice-Chairman. The CSTSF has also welcomed national athlete Goh Chui Ling as a new member of the Board. Both Mr. Pereira and Ms. Goh are lawyers.
The Chiam See Tong Sports Foundation was launched on March 9, 2017. By April of that same year, it applied to be listed as a charity. The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) required that the Foundation rename itself as the Chiam See Tong Sports Fund in order to receive the status of a Charity, in fulfillment of all requirements.
The fund received its in-principle approval from the Charities Unit of the MCCY Charities Unit in late November of 2017. This allows the CSTSF to be registered as a Charity.
On February 15, 2018, the renaming of CSTSF was officially listed in the Government Gazette, and the first annual general meeting of the CSTSF was held on May 31, 2018.
According to Ang Peng Siong, the Chairman of the Board of CSTSF, “We are thankful to MCCY for helping us to expedite the registration as a charity. We have since complied with the request, and the name of the organisation is now gazetted as the Chiam See Tong Sports Fund. We will continue to do the work which we have set out to do, and we do hope to receive more support from individuals and corporations.”
Here are the officers of CSTSF for the next two years:
Chairman Mr Ang Peng Siong
Vice-Chairman Mr Edmond Pereira
Hon. Treasurer Ms Edna Leong
Hon. Secretary Mr UK Shyam
Director Mr Jose Raymond
Director Ms Camilla Chiam
Director Dr May Ooi
Director Ms Goh Chui Ling
Director Mr James Martin Aruldoss
Director Mr Leonard James Thomas
Outgoing Vice-Chairman Jose Raymond said, “As I have committed to spending more time on the ground as part of my political outreach, and in serving the community in a different platform, I requested to step down from my role as a Vice-Chairman of the Chiam See Tong Sports Fund. However, I will continue to serve as a Director of the Board, and have full confidence in Mr. Edmond Pereira, who is a passionate and tireless advocate for sports in Singapore.”
Ms Goh Chui Ling, the newest member of CSTSF, is the Honorary Secretary of Singapore’s most successful track and field club, Flash Athletics Club. She was also a member of the national team at the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Games in 2014. Ms. Goh has expressed that it is an honor to be part of CSTSF to help nurture the athletic ability in budding athletes who have fewer resources, and she looks forward to working with Singapore’s other athletes who are also directors of CSTSF, such as May Ooi, Edmond Pereira and Ang Peng Siong.
The CSTSF was established in order to help the youth from underprivileged families build their character through sports, as well as help grow their natural talents and abilities in the area of athletics. The Fund also seeks to develop initiatives that contribute to sports development nationwide. In the year since it began, the CSTSF has supported a number of talented young athletes such as modern pentathlete Kok Kiat Xuan, rugby player Muhammad Adam bin Adnan Jalil, sailors Olivia Chen and Cheryl Teo, and powerlifter Matthew Yap, among others.
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