Men of SAFRA: LTC (NS) Terence Quek PBM

He shares with us on the importance of volunteering at SAFRA.

By Edmund Wee      2 May 2020

Tell us why volunteering at SAFRA is important?

I’ve volunteered with SAFRA since 2009, and with each passing year, I grow more convinced that we need National Service if we want to continue defending our way of life. As part of the National Service ecosystem, SAFRA is a key conduit for Singapore to show appreciation to NSmen and their families for their commitment to National Service. By volunteering with SAFRA, I can continue to play a part in defending our everyday way of life.

How do you juggle your career and your personal life?

Since my 20s, I’ve chosen to live my life according to my purpose statement – to make a positive impact. What this means is that I pick and choose to do things that are aligned with my purpose, and once I have chosen to do it, I’ll make time for it. This applies to both work and personal life. It takes a fair amount of planning, communicating with stakeholders, and discipline. There are, of course, situations when I had to choose one activity over another – for example, times when I need to be at SAFRA during work hours. This is where support and understanding from the people I work with or in my life is crucial.

How do your family members feel about your role as a volunteer at SAFRA?

My family is very supportive of my volunteering with SAFRA. My dad was born before boys his age were called up for National Service, so he missed out on National Service. He’s a man of few words, but he beams each time I share with him an achievement I had at SAFRA. I’m sure all those family dinners we enjoyed at SAFRA helped him see why volunteering at SAFRA is important to me!

Drawing on one particular volunteering event/anecdote over your years as a SAFRA volunteer, what gave you the most personal satisfaction and why?

One personal highlight would be the moment I was invited on stage as Chairman of the SAFRA Punggol Development Committee to officiate the opening of SAFRA Punggol. I’m grateful to have been involved in the project since its conceptualisation, and had been working on the project with so many dedicated volunteers, staff members and consultants for about five years.


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