Friday, 3 March 2017

Celebrating the life of the late Dr Robert Loh

A thanksgiving and memorial service was held at YMCA of Singapore on 28 February 2017 to honour Dr Robert Loh Choo Kiat, who was the longest-serving President of YMCA of Singapore from 1970 to 1992.

The YMCA fraternity came together to give thanks and celebrate the life of Dr Robert Loh, who passed away peacefully at home on 31 January at the age of 91. Over 250 guests including representatives from Boys' Brigade, Malay Youth Literary Association, National Council of Social Service and Rotary Club of Singapore were in attendance.

The service began with a prelude of “The Lord’s Prayer” by Ms Patricia Loh, Dr Loh’s daughter. Reverend Lilian Ang from Wesley Methodist Church gave the meditation, with words of encouragement which offered living hope to all present. The YMCA Staff then presented one of Dr Robert Loh’s favourite hymns “I asked the Lord.” Mr Andrew Loh, son of Dr Robert Loh took to the stage to share his memories of his father, followed by a sharing from Dr Loh’s wife Mrs Mary Loh. Mr Eric Teng, President of YMCA of Singapore represented the organisation to thank the Loh family for their great support all these years, through serving YMCA of Singapore for three generations. In his speech, he said that Dr Robert Loh was a “stalwart supporter and benefactor of the YMCA of Singapore, a pioneer of the social service sector and a community champion who has lived a life devoted to service.” The service concluded with a prayer of benediction by Rev Stanley Chua, Pastor-in-Charge at Wesley Methodist Church.

To commemorate Dr Loh’s legacy and uphold his passion and commitment for social causes, YMCA of Singapore launched the YMCA – Dr Robert Loh Social Service Internship Programme at the thanksgiving service.

The objective of the programme is to promote social causes so as to increase the talent pool for the social service sector, and to nurture youths to become community champions – inculcating in them a sense of commitment to serve the community, and at the same time providing them the knowledge and experience of working in the social service sector.

Click here to view photos of the Thanksgiving and Memorial Service.

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