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Wednesday, 25 May, 2016  - 4:00 p.m. SGT

120 children from vulnerable families get a rare treat to see Jubi Lee, Singapore's only sperm whale specimen

Young beneficiaries from low-income families learn about marine life preservation and biodiversity outside classroom environment, in line with MOE’s shift towards more holistic education.

This Wednesday, 120 recipients of this year’s South West CDC – ExxonMobil Transport Bursary will visit the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, where they will come face to face with Jubi Lee – Singapore’s own sperm whale specimen. Found off Jurong Island last year, the new South West District ‘resident’ brings with it out-of-textbook lessons on environmental issues for the Primary school students, most of whom have never experienced such real-life exhibits reflecting the impact of human actions towards marine life.

The long-running South West CDC – ExxonMobil Transport Bursary aims to defray transport expenses for primary, secondary and pre-tertiary students from low-income households in the South West District. Randy Putra Bin Jumari is delighted to be one of the 120 visitors to the museum. The Pioneer Primary School student said “We had learnt about marine animals in school but this is the first time I am going to see a real life specimen! I am excited to be able to see Jubi Lee and learn more about marine life.”

The Transport Bursary, worth $120,000 with dollar-for-dollar matching by the South West CDC, reaches out to 1,000 students across varying educational levels (Primary, Secondary or Junior College) in the South West District. Each beneficiary will receive $120 worth of Transit Link e-Vouchers to help defray their public transport expenditure. Close to $400,000 worth of transport bursaries has been disbursed over 11 years, benefitting more than 6,000 students in the district.

“This trip to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum opens up the opportunity for our young children from disadvantaged backgrounds to learn beyond the Primary School curriculum, such as life science, natural history and environmental sustainability. The South West CDC – ExxonMobil Transport Bursary places our beneficiaries on a level playing field with their peers, be it in terms of defraying transport cost or providing opportunities for out-of-classroom learning,” said Mayor Low. “As the CDC’s longest-serving corporate partner of 13 years, we are heartened by the strong commitment of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd to make a positive impact in the community. Their efforts go a long way towards building a caring and inclusive South West District, setting a fine example for companies to be contributors of our society.”

ExxonMobil Singapore Chemical Plant manufacturing director Georges Grosliere said: “ExxonMobil strongly believes that receiving an education is important as it helps build the foundations of our future, so we are delighted to be helping families reduce the cost of sending children to school. We feel privileged to be involved with this program as we believe in making a positive contribution within the communities we operate in.” 

Details of the event are as follows:
Event : South West CDC – ExxonMobil Transport Bursary 2016
Date : Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Time : 2.45 pm – 5.00 pm (Media is invited at 2.30 pm)
Venue : Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
2 Conservatory Drive 
Singapore 117377 
Guest of : Ms Low Yen Ling 
Honour Mayor of South West District

The South West CDC – ExxonMobil Transport Bursary is part of the WeCare @ South West Initiative, which aims to strengthen the social safety net for the needy and vulnerable by getting the more able to help the less able, creating an environment of greater community ownership and collective responsibility, as well as a more caring and inclusive society. 

About the South West Community Development Council (CDC)

The South West Community Development Council (CDC) was formed on 24 November 2001, with three strategic thrusts to Assist the Needy, Bond the People and Connect the Community.

Through local help programmes, the South West CDC provides assistance to help the less fortunate in our community. Through its functional committees, the South West CDC also organises projects and programmes to promote community bonding and social cohesion. The South West CDC adopts the "Many Helping Hands" approach to encourage community ownership among residents, community partners and corporations to realise its vision of "Owning Your Community”. 

About ExxonMobil in Singapore

ExxonMobil is one of Singapore’s largest foreign manufacturing investors. Our Singapore affiliate, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, (EMAPPL) has manufacturing facilities which include refinery operations in Jurong and a world-scale petrochemical plant on Jurong Island.  EMAPPL has an extensive network of service stations under the Esso brand and is a supplier of cylinder cooking gas to many households.  EMAPPL also serves the commercial market with its industrial, aviation and marine fuels and lubricants. As a corporation, ExxonMobil is committed to addressing the challenge of sustainability – balancing economic growth, social development and environmental protection. In line with those strategies, ExxonMobil and EMAPPL contribute to programs in Singapore that support the arts and education, the community and the environment. For more information, please visit