Singapore — “I felt compelled to do something to thank him for what he has achieved for himself and Singapore, and further encourage him towards his badminton hope and dreams,” wrote a member of the public who started a campaign to pool in funds to support shuttler, Loh Kean Yew.
One Wei Chan, an avid badminton player since he was 10 years old, created the Loh Kean Yew Encouragement Fund after discovering that the first Singaporean to win the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships did not receive any prize money for his accomplishment.
On Dec 19, Loh, who was then ranked No 22 in the world, made Singapore history by upsetting India’s world No 14 Srikanth Kidambi in the men’s singles final at the BWF World Championships in Spain.
Loh is now ranked 15th in the world.
“As I found out from my SBA (Singapore Badminton Association) committee on the no prize money for this win, I was more appreciative and further admired this young man’s contribution to SG and even his pursuit of his dream,” wrote Mr Chan in a Facebook post on Dec 25.
In a Business Times report, Mr Chan was able to raise S$50,000 with the help of fellow businesspeople.
The four other businesspeople are Ang Kiam Meng, executive director and group chief executive officer (CEO) of Jumbo Group; Daryl Neo, co-founder and CEO of DC Frontiers; Dora Hoan, group CEO and co-chairman of Best World International, and Eugene Ang, managing director of JK Technology.
Taking things to the next step, Mr Chan created a campaign through Ray of Hope on Jan 2, allowing members of the public to support Loh.
“Having gone through rigorous training of sorts, I know the amount of sheer hardwork, perseverance, tenacity and grit that is required for Loh Kean Yew to achieve what he did, love for the game aside,” said Mr Chan.
To date, over S$85,000 has been raised from 220 donors.
On top of leaving a donation, individuals would leave comments on the campaign, further encouraging Loh in his endeavours.
Donations to the Loh Kean Yew Encouragement Fund can be made here. /TISG
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