Public resume support for needy tertiary students

Ho (right) presenting a token of appreciation to Mohd Noorazam (left) as Tan looks on at the golf fundraising event in Forest City, Johor.

THE public is still enthusiastic about helping education-related causes, especially non-profit education institutions, says a Southern University College (Southern UC) board member.

Vincent Ho, who is also a member of the university college’s board of governance, noted that donations took a dip in the past two years when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its peak.

“There was a lack of activities and fundraising events at the time but the situation has improved.

“The public is back to being responsive and active when it comes to helping students in need,” he said in an interview.

He said the university college in Skudai recently organised a one-day friendly golf tournament in Forest City where more than RM400,000 was raised for needy students.

“The response to the event, which was in its fifth year, was overwhelming with 208 participants, including those from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

“We even had to turn down the participation of many others as the slots were already full,” he said.

Ho added that the university college had quite a number of needy students, as it was a non-profit organisation that offered affordable higher education to the community.

“The aid is usually disbursed through scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance on a case-by-case basis.

“We are grateful for the public’s enthusiasm and assistance to ensure that the next generation receives adequate education for a better future,” he added.

Meanwhile, Southern UC chairman Datuk Vincent Tan was glad that the golf tournament could be held again following the postponement of last year’s event due to the pandemic.He said the event was attended by Johor Baru mayor Datuk Mohd Noorazam Osman, who expressed his appreciation for Southern UC as one of the biggest higher education institutions in the city.

“Besides raising funds, such events act as networking platforms and encourage better ties between the university college and the public so that more people understand what we do,” said Tan.

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