Set against the green backdrop of HortPark, the annual UWCSEA Foundation Donor Celebration Event saw over 150 donors and supporters gather on Tuesday, 19 February.
The evening celebrated the launch of the Foundation’s 2017/2018 Impact of Giving Report and highlighted how gifts are having a transformational impact across the community.
Over 65 student leaders and staff involved in programmes that have benefitted from funding from donors, including Adopt a Tree, Chinese Culture and History, the Dover Green Heart, the IDEAS Hub, Rainforest Restoration Project, Scholarships Programme, Solar for UWCSEA and Urban/Edible Gardening set up booths in an ‘exhibition’ format, where attendees could stop by, ask questions and engage in discussions.
Throughout the evening scholars acting as roving ‘conversationalists’; mingling with guests and sharing their unique stories about how support through the Foundation is directly impacting their learning.
Chris Edwards, Head of College, opened the event, welcoming guests and thanking them for their support. His remarks were followed by an inspiring student panel discussion, moderated by Neha Patel, Foundation Parent Ambassador.
A few highlights:
Grade 11 student, Sarvasv, told his fascinating story of learning to code at the IDEAS Hub in Grade 8, and going on to win the prestigious Most Innovative Start-Up prize at the 2018 Ideasinc competition at Nanyang Technological University.
“Because of the IDEAS Hub I learned how to code, started teaching other people how to code, and entered technology competitions. The IDEAS Hub provides something I haven’t seen in any other school and if students want to do something, it really supports them to make their dreams true. Thank you to everyone who has supported us; without you, I wouldn’t have been able to do a tenth of what I’ve done so far.”
Grade 12 student, Khantey, a five-year scholar from Cambodia, who joined UWCSEA in Grade 8, spoke about becoming committed to service and her hopes for the future.
“Through my education at UWCSEA, service has become such a big part of my life and it has come to define who I am. This is really important for me because coming from Cambodia, economics used to define a person and education was only a means to escape from poverty.
The donors are very important and I hope from the conversations you have this evening, you can realize you are making a positive, ripple effect in the world. And I’m really, really excited to be standing in your spot in a couple of years’ time listening to the next scholars in the next generation. And I hope to see you there!”
In closing, Chris Edwards outlined:
“I would like you to have faith in the UWCSEA Foundation, and I would like to think it is less about helping other people and more about liberating everyone, including ourselves, and that our mission statement – uniting peoples, nations and cultures – it’s not about a liberal elite acting in a vertical act of charity – it’s about global citizens forging a plane of horizontal solidarity. And a sincere thanks to each one of you for making that possible.”
UWCSEA Scholars, 2018/2019