S$100 charity club reaches 600 members, honours 52

Growing up with 10 siblings with her father as the sole breadwinner, Madam Norazizah Mohd Tajudin, a trainer and assessor in the cleaning and security industry, knows what it is like to struggle to make ends meet.

Hence, when she heard about Club-100 @ North West, a philanthropy club started by North West Community Development Council, she did not hesitate to sign up.

The club sees members donate S$100 from their salary every month to help needy households with food rations and vouchers.

“I get a feeling of satisfaction that somebody is benefiting from my donation and is putting food on their plates,” said Mdm Norazizah, 59. “As long as I have the money, I will donate. It is only right, as I know what it is like to be in that position.”

The philanthropy club, which was started in May 2008, has since raised about S$3.7 million in donations for the North West Food Aid Fund and helped 10,000 families within the North West District.

Mdm Norazizah was among the members recognised at a dinner yesterday at the Parliament House, where the club also celebrated the milestone of reaching 600 members. The dinner was attended by guest of honour and Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan, who is adviser to Sembawang grassroots organisations.

At the dinner, 52 philanthropists were each presented with a five-year donor appreciation art piece designed by student beneficiaries from low-income families.

“I was from a humble background, so this fund really struck a chord with me,” said Club-100 member Neo Kim Han, a deputy director at the Housing and Development Board. “My S$100 is just S$100. I can’t help everyone, but I can do my part, and if everyone does their part, we can definitely make a change in many people’s lives.”

Source: TODAY