About Campaignends 31 Aug 2017, 11:59 PM
Hi! My name is Shirley.
As a young kid, I did not enjoy studying and was very playful. It was my grandfather who taught me the importance of a good education. Despite his modest means, he hired a tutor for me, and supported my daily living expenses. Sadly, he passed away when I was 12. On hindsight, I realise that all he ever wanted was for me to be happy and to be a strong and independent woman.
After spending my teenage years in a children's home where my daily expenses were taken care of, being back in the real world was challenging. I worked part time to sustain myself and in the process, understood the importance of prudent budgeting. This also inspired my interest in accountancy.
I completed my Higher NITEC and went on to do my diploma in accounting at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. I also received the Howe Yoon Chong PSA Scholarship in 2012. The scholarship was a turning point in my life and gave me the confidence and motivation to keep pursuing my interest in accounting.
I am currently pursuing a degree in Accountancy at SIM and hope to be a lecturer one day. I have been very fortunate and am grateful for all the support I have received. My aim is to help as many people get their breaks in life and live their dreams. However, to do that, I need your help. I am in my final year of university and need financial support.
While I may not be able to pay you back, I pledge that I will pay it forward.
Mentoring. It is the simple idea that dreams come true because of someone who believes in the one who dreams. This one simple idea has seen us walk into residential rehabilitation homes, schools, living rooms and behind prison bars, to touch the lives of those who have become our family. Beautiful People, started in 2006, is a volunteer movement dedicated to building mentoring relationships that support young women and men, exploring the idea of freedom within and without, and helping them realise their dreams. We are a relationship, not a programme. We refuse to be constrained by the boundaries of fixed programme durations. We celebrate the ordinary everyday heroes who are the mentors and mentees, growing together in an extraordinary journey of challenging their own limits. Our philosophy of support translates into a powerful experience for growth and self-discovery through a combination of life-skills training, mentoring, and coaching.
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