Singapore – Thirteen people with disabilities were recognized at the first ever Goh Chok Tong Enable Awards held at the Istana on July 3. The awards are part of the Mediacorp Enable Fund initiative that provides financial assistance to meet the last mile needs of this group of people.
The Awards comprise two categories: GCT Enable Award (UBS Achievement) and GCT Enable Award (UBS Promise).
“Our vision is to change society’s perception of them, from seeing only their disabilities to recognising their abilities, promise and achievements,” said Mr Goh at the event.
“We should celebrate the accomplishments of persons with disabilities, and not only for the challenges they have overcome but also for who they are and what they have contributed to the country.”
The ages of the 13 recipients ranged from 14 to 82.
Three people were awarded the GCT Enable Award (UBS Achievement), which celebrates people with disabilities who have made significant achievements in their respective fields. They received S$10,000 each.
Michael Ngu, 62, was one of the awardees. Diagnosed with polio when he was five. Today, he is the president and CEO of Architects 61, an award-winning local architect firm. He represented Singapore in hand cycling at the 2014 Asian Paralympic Games.