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NUS students wrap up the year by doing good

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by December 22, 2020 Technology

2020 has been a year of disruption, with COVID-19 posing unprecedented challenges to our way of life.

It has also been a year where society has needed the most support. NUS students have continued to live up to the spirit of giving this holiday season by contributing to the community in various ways — including a new online donation platform and giving needy households a fresh coat of paint.

Gift for Good

Adopting the concept of an online marketplace, the Developer Student Club, a student group comprising NUS students and alumni, launched Gift for Good — an online platform to galvanise in-kind donations. The platform connects individual donors with charity organisations, allowing donors to make in-kind donations seamlessly and efficiently.

Gift for Good users can donate items in just three simple steps: browse, chat and deliver. Users can browse through the request lists of charity organisations to find one that they can fulfil. Once they have done so, they can start an online chat with a staff member of the charity organisation that they are donating to, and coordinate the delivery of the item.

Year 3 NUS Arts and Social Sciences student Yeo Qin-Liang, who is the Business Lead of Gift for Good, shared, “The platform streamlines the process of registering and requesting for in-kind donations for charity organisations. It also actively engages and retains donors, so that charity organisations can more easily obtain the items that they require.”

He added, “In doing so, we hope to create a more generous Singapore.”

Gift for Good has received an endorsement from the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre. Some 25 charity organisations are also already on board the platform to help their beneficiaries obtain the items they need.

The Children’s Aid Society is one of the charity organisations on the platform. “Gift for Good has a meaningful mission of connecting communities and providing a seamless and inclusive platform for coordinating in-kind donations. As a multi-centre social service agency, we have varied in-kind donations needs and we look forward to connecting with donors via Gift for Good to fulfil the needs of our beneficiaries and clients as best as possible,” said its spokesperson.

Source: National University of Singapore(HighLights)

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