Tax-deductible donations to Singapore’s sportsmen

From: Laremy Lee
Date: 22 December 2015


I just visited SG Gives and am happy to find in its place.

Well done – the site is user-friendly and easy to navigate.

For 2016, I hope you can consider implementing donations to individual athletes who participate in solo sports.

The present process for donating to sports associations is excellent.

Would it be possible to include a function so our donations to these associations can be earmarked for specific athletes?

For example, users carry on with the existing process of clicking on the donate button for, say, the Singapore Tennis Association.

They would then be provided with a form field where they could type in the name of the specific athlete to whom they want to donate e.g. Sarah Pang.

I imagine this would greatly help both donors and individual athletes; the former group can enjoy its tax deductions, while the latter group can get the funding it needs to bring home sporting glory.

Perhaps this idea could be explored in greater depth together with the Singapore Sports Council and the national sports associations, if need be.

Thank you for all the great work you have been doing.

Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Best regards
Laremy LEE (Mr)

Date: 22 December 2015
To: Laremy Lee

Hi Laremy,

Thank you for your valuable feedback. Glad to know that you are happy and found the site user friendly.

We hear you and will discuss the implementation of donations to individual athletes idea with our Technical team and get their feedback on the same.

Let us know if you need details on anything else or have any requests.

We really appreciate your feedback.

Thank you,

It means everything.

(Ed: This was from a long time back; I’m clearing the backlog of blog drafts which have been lying around for far too long.)

The gold medal from Nanyang Technological University (NTU)’s Inter-School Games (ISG) Touch Rugby tournament which the National Institute of Education (NIE) team won. Captain = me (whee).

Why it means everything to me:

  1. First gold medal in a team sport.
  2. First touch rugby medal + gold at that.
  3. May not have been the best captain/coach around but I think I performed to expectations. Would’ve liked to have been my usual self during training but it was hard.
  4. Played with a great + talented + very, very skillful team. (For the KR folks: it’s like playing on the EH/TH team. Yeah, it’s that feeling.)
  5. Sense of accomplishment + feeling of getting something I deserve.

Although I do admit the playing field might not have been very level; the NIE team was filled to the brim with P.E. teachers i.e. people with some of the best co-ordination + ball sense around. So even if this was the first tournament for some, they were some of the most skilled touch rugby virgins around.

Therefore, my apologies go out to anyone from the other Schools whose dream of Gold wasn’t realised as well. I hope you get your chance in the future.

P.S. the line, for the young ‘uns, is from “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Not that I’m very old, but it’s nice to pretend that I am much wiser. (Then your response here might be: “It’s nice to humour you…”)