Singapore honours veteran Indian-origin social worker

An 80-year-old Indian-origin social worker in Singapore has been felicitated and given a cash prize of SGD 10,000 for his community work.

Singapore: An 80-year-old Indian-origin social worker in Singapore has been felicitated and given a cash prize of SGD 10,000 for his community work.

KV Veloo was felicitated by the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong and an award by Tabla, a local weekly on Indian social activities in addition to the cash prize of 10,000 Singapore dollars given by the State Bank of India.

"I accept this award in the name of many volunteers who do a lot of community work without seeking publicity for it," said Veloo, who has spent five decades helping the less fortunate, disabled, rehabilitating offenders and drug addicts in Singapore.

"To the volunteers, having done a job well is their only recompense," Veloo was quoted as saying by the The Straits Times.

He got the award in conjunction with the annual Singapore International Indian Shopping Festival being celebrated as part of Diwali festival here.