Students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) held their first charity carnival yesterday as they raised more than $420,000 during their annual Rag and Flag this year.
Flag Day is an annual event in which students approach members of the public for donations.
More than 4,000 students raised money in Wednesday’s event before holding a Carnival of Dreams on Rag Day yesterday in which they put on song and dance performances in a show of appreciation for the public’s contributions.
There were 14 performances by 650 NUS students from 17 different halls of residence, faculties and schools.
NUS Students’ Union president Soh Yi Da said it provided a platform for students to innovate beyond traditional “tin-can fund-raising”, adding: “The carnival also adds vibrancy, atmosphere and ambience to the excitement of Rag Day.”
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong attended the event and even posed for pictures and “selfies” with revellers.
Proceeds from the Rag and Flag, which has been held for more than 50 years, will go towards 19 charity programmes under the Community Chest.
Source: The Straits Times