Who says you can’t make a difference while doing something you like? Here are two who found ways to turn their passion for helping others into a fulfilling career through MCYS and NCSS.
By Roland Tan
It may not seem like much, but it was a book called “One Child” by Torey Hayden that sparked off 21-year-old Annie Cheong’s interest in social work. That book tells the story of a teacher who gave hope to emotionally traumatised children through her perseverance and dedication.
Having read that book in her secondary school days, Annie has been active in social services, starting off as a volunteer before deciding to be part of the professionals in the social service sector. She took her commitment to help the less fortunate one step further after her GCE ‘A’ levels at National Junior College by applying for the VWOs - Charities Capability Fund (VCF) Social Service Scholarship offered by National Council of Social Service (NCSS). “I’ve always wanted to do social work. It was easy to decide as there are very few scholarships that offered such an opportunity,” quips the VCF Scholar, who is currently in her third year of studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS).