Mr Koh Juay Meng
Volunteering with RSVP since 2009
“My late father believed in giving necessary help to his fellow villagers who came all the way from China to earn a living. What he has done has inspired me to follow in his footsteps,” Juay Meng said, when asked what motivated him to volunteer.
With a strong conviction about giving back to society and the desire to help those in need based in part on observing his father’s selflessness, Juay Meng has volunteered in, and contributed his knowledge, skills and services to several professional bodies and organisations for over 30 years.
It is, however, his dedication and unstinting services in RSVP that stand out. Since being elected as President of RSVP in 2014, Juay Meng has been an unwavering pillar of support to RSVP volunteers and programmes.
With more than 30 years of IT and engineering experience under his belt, he has championed many of what are now some of RSVP’s most popular volunteer programmes, such as Cyberguide and Silver IT Care.
He was hands-on in the planning and execution of key projects such as the refurbishment of computers at Jamiyah Children’s Home and the set-up of a satellite Silver IT Care centre at Beyond Social Services’ Whampoa centre in 2016, benefitting many young children and seniors from low-income families.
A father of four, Juay Meng also encourages his wife and children to give back to society. His family is a familiar fixture in RSVP’s signature events, and his children and wife have formed friendships with RSVP staff.
“Personally, I volunteer frequently with my wife and children,” he said. “Through my work, I have also become the “face” of RSVP Singapore and as its most prominent spokesperson, I make it a habit to encourage others to try out volunteering, be it seniors or youths.”
With a bold vision and the commitment to make a difference, Juay Meng attended the Social Leadership Singapore Programme in 2015. He is now an alumnus of the programme and is frequently sought after for his input and ideas on how to improve the non-profit sector. He is also a current board member of Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities, Chairman of Punggol North Citizens’ Consultative Committee, and ex-member of the National Council of Social Service Volunteer Resource Committee.
Juay Meng concluded, “They say, ‘Save a life, save the world’. It may be a small act of kindness, but it can cause a ripple effect that inspires even bigger acts of kindness. When I see the smiles on our beneficiaries’ faces, it just makes everything worth it.”