7 Singaporean role models for your kids

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Here's our list of some of Singapore's most amazing individuals who prove to be the perfect role models for not just kids, but for everyone else too.

Kids simply love imitating the actions of people whom they look up to. Apart from parents and care-givers, it’s important that kids have role-models who are able to influence them positively.

Here’s our list of the best Singaporean role models for your kids.


#1 Lily Goh

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Lily Goh was crowned 2014 Singapore’s Woman of the Year. Lily was deaf since the age of 2 and despite that, she co-founded ExtraOrdinary Horizons, an organisation that aims to promote arts, culture, heritage and language among the deaf in 2011.

Aside from that, she also has a band called ExtraOrdinary Percussions and in 2013, they went to Cambodia to teach music to deaf children whilst imparting knowledge and skills on entrepreneurship and performing arts.

Lily Goh proves that physical disabilities are not a form of limitation for life achievements.


#2 Darren Tan


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At 13, Darren was already involved in drugs, gangs and violence which eventually resulted in him earning 10 years in jail and 19 strokes of the cane. While he was in prison, he had an epiphany which led to him continuing his studies through the prisons programme and acing his A-levels.

He managed to turn his life around and was the first student with a criminal past to be accepted into National University of Singapore’s law school. Today, he works 14 to 16 hours a day handling commercial litigation, pro bono and dispute-resolution cases.

Darren Tan is a prime example on how your past doesn’t equate to your future.


#3 Laurentia Tan


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Laurentia was born with Cerebal palsy and profound deafness, and was warned by doctors that she would need institutional care and might never walk again. Laurentia took up horse riding at the age of 5, despite the advice. However, horse riding was actually a form of physiotherapy to strengthen her back and muscles.

Today, Laurentia is a proud winner of 2 bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, and a silver and a bronze medal at the 2012 London Games. Laurentia is a true inspiration to us all, proving that limitations do not interfere with your passion.


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