Mr S R Nathan

President and Mrs Nathan at SAAC's official opening

The late Mr S R Nathan, former President of Singapore, began his career in the Singapore Civil Service as a Medical Social Worker in 1955. As President of Singapore from 1999 to 2011, Mr Nathan remained a passionate advocate for social causes, showing much care and compassion for the less privileged in society.

Singapore Anglican Community Services (SACS) and St. Andrew's Mission Hospital (SAMH) are thankful to Mr Nathan for supporting our work.

On 29 March 2011, Mr Nathan officially opened St. Andrew's Autism Centre's (SAAC's) purpose-built facility at 1 Elliot Road. A service of SAMH, SAAC is an integrated centre for the education, training and care of children, youths and adults with autism, and their families. In his speech, Mr Nathan stressed the need to care for people with special needs and to reach out to those who are less fortunate. "Even as Singapore progresses, we have to always be mindful to leave no one behind," he said. Indeed, students, clients and staff at SAAC who were privileged to spend time with him were blessed by his encouragement.

SACS and SAMH's services, namely SAAC and St. Andrew's Community Hospital, were also beneficiaries of the President's Challenge, an annual fundraising campaign initiated by Mr Nathan that helps vulnerable communities ranging from children to the elderly.

SACS and SAMH mourn the loss of Mr S R Nathan, a People's President. Rest in peace, Mr Nathan.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs Nathan and her family.

We will always remember your compassion, Mr Nathan.

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