The SBS Transit’s Heart Bus continues to be a hit among Singaporeans as a way to contribute meaningfully to the less privileged in our society. In just two months, SBS Transit’s Heart Bus project has already raised $350,000 with 18 Heart Buses for this year’s President’s Challenge and donations are still coming in. This is SBS Transit’s fourth time participation in the President’s Challenge. SBS Transit has, since 2002, raised more than $1.9million for the President’s Challenge through the Heart Bus Charity Project.
Heartened by the positive response, Mr Ong Boon Leong, Executive Director, SBS Transit said, “The overwhelming generosity displayed by Singaporeans in this Heart Bus Charity Project to raise funds for the beneficiaries of the President’s Challenge goes to show that we are truly a nation of people with big hearts. We are extremely pleased with the way in which Singaporeans, whether school children or corporate leaders, have stepped forward to contribute to the less fortunate. We are happy with the donations so far and we certainly hope even more will come forward in the months ahead to participate in this very worthwhile cause.”
This year, the students and parents, academic and non-academic staff as well as the alumni of Greenridge Secondary School were among the first to respond to the call to contribute to the Heart Bus. Through the school’s fundraising efforts, $25,000 was raised for the President’s Challenge. Greenridge Secondary School’s Heart Bus was also proudly displayed at the President’s Challenge 2005 launch at the Istana today.
Leading Greenridge Secondary School in the Heart Bus project is its Principal, Madam Heng Sen Mee.
“Besides achieving academic excellence, it is also Greenridge Secondary School’s mission to inculcate the students’ with values of giving and sharing for the less fortunate. The Heart Bus project is a great platform for us to present this holistic education approach to the students,” said Madam Heng.
Nur Qistina, a secondary three student from the school obviously enjoyed being a volunteer in the Heart Bus project.
“I am honoured to be able to participate in this meaningful project and will always remember this whole experience. I would want to be a volunteer again in the future.”
Members of the public who would like to contribute to the Heart Bus can look out for our Heart Bus sales counters at Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront NEL stations on 21 May 2005 as well as Chinatown and Sengkang NEL stations on 28 May 2005 between 11am and 6pm.