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SG50 Lunch! 26 September 2015

SG50 marks Singapore's 50th year of independence, a Golden Jubilee; and the LSEAAS celebrated this occasion with a distinctive SG50 Lunch!

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam was Guest-of-Honour for the event, and joined by 110 alumni from across the generations in the historical Clifford Pier of the Fullerton Bay Hotel in the heart of the City.

The beautiful venue presented a unique opportunityfor alumni to be seated in groups of four. Many came to the event with fellow alumnus from the same cohort, which made for a reunion!

At the event, the LSEAAS honoured Prof. Saw Swee Hock for his leadership, plilanthrophy and support for the local alumni chapter. We presented him with an hourglass - a symbol representing the present as being between the past and the future, which has made it an enduring symbol of time itself.

DPM Tharman gave a speech; reflecting on the journey Singapore has traversed thus far, and addressed present and future challenges in keeping Singapore "special" in the ever-changing world.

DPM Tharman then kindly engaged alumni in an extended and robust Q&A; taking a myriad of questions ranging from the outcome of the recent General Elections (11 Sep.) to his fondest memory of time spent at the LSE.

Ms. Elaine Tan, past recipient of a Singapore LSE Trust scholarship and current LSEAAS Committee Member shared snippets of her growing years, and recounted how receiving the Trust scholarship had impacted and transformed her life as it enabled her to fulfil her ambition and dream of studying at the LSE; returning to Singapore to live and work, and finding opportunity to contribute, and serve the local community.

Ms. Jane Ittogi, Chair of the Singapore LSE Trust gave a concise and succinct introduction to the mission and work of the Trust, reminded us of our time spent at the School and gave us reason to contribute to the Trust via pledge-giving and one-time donations. S$5,000 was raised for the Trust in this event.

If there is an indication of the fondness with which alumni had in coming out to support the occasion; the event overran by an hour and a half! It was mid-afternoon before folks went their separate ways, not before catching-up with friends, posing for photos and networking.

We hope you enjoyed the event!

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