Row for Hope 2017

Sunday, 26 March 2017
2.30pm-6pm, Passion Wave @ Marina Bay (Marina Barrage Channel)

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The annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge alumni in Singapore will take place during the Oxford Alumni Weekend Asia (24-26 March 2017) this year. The event is organised by The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore in partnership with National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) as a charity fund-raising event with the objective to raise awareness and funds to benefit cancer care and survivorship of those affected by cancer.

Oxford University’s Chancellor Lord Chris Patten and Vice Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson will be special guests at the Boat Race, which will feature an array of refreshments along with live music and an awards ceremony.

Cancer is still the No. 1 killer in Singapore, accounting for 30% of all deaths in 2014. This is 5 times more than deaths caused by accidents, violence and poisoning put together. Last year, NCCS attended to more than 145,000 patient-visits and treated close to 70% of cancer cases in the public sector. The cost of cancer treatment has also increased significantly.

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore is partnering NCCS to raise funds through this event in aid of patient care programmes to improve the quality of life of cancer patients in the hope that less will suffer from this terrible disease. From this event, we hope to raise $100,000.

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There is no need to book to attend this event, which is open to the general public.

Call for rowers : those who are keen to participate in the Boat Race may contact the Society’s Boat Club Captain Ng Yeau Chong (+65 9188 8817 or Vice-Captain Mark Nelligan (+65 9633 1353


Check out the highlights from last year’s race!

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Launch of the Oxbridge Singapore Boat Club (19 November 2016)

Oxbridge Singapore member rowers enthusiastically participated in the BNY Mellon Singapore Boat Races on 11 April 2015 and the NCCS “Row for Hope” Boat Races on 27 August 2016, in which crews representing alumni from Oxford and Cambridge respectively contested each other down the Marina Channel (old Kallang River) in coxed 8s.

Given the success of these races, a flippant comment by our Hon Sec suggesting the creation of Oxbridge Singapore’s own Boat Club was latched upon by our energetic President. With that, the Oxbridge Singapore Boat Club (“OSBC”) was born on Sat 19 November 2016 with an appropriate “royal blessing”.


Click here to watch the OUBC launch video.

Ng Yeau Chong, Hon Sec, and Mark Nelligan, committee member, were duly appointed Boat Club Captain and Vice-Captain respectively and charged with proposing a governance and membership structure. It was also agreed that until a suitable Boat House is found, the residence of the Vice-Captain be recognised as OSBC’s official clubhouse.

OSBC’s first ever outing was on Sat 4 March 2017 when the inaugural Oxbridge Singapore Bumps races took place as part of Singapore World Water Day festivities organised by the PUB along the Marina Channel. With mixed crews, Oxford headed the first race but were bumped by Cambridge after 400 metres. With Cambridge heading the second race and rowing over, they were declared winners. Being a typically hot Singapore morning, the rowers’ liquid loss was replenished with appropriate measures of what has become OCBS’s official isotonic drink, Bolly.

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Oxbridge Rowers at the NCC Gala Dinner, 12 November 2016

Fireside Chat with Ms Victoria Schofield (24 October 2016)

The Society was pleased to have Ms Victoria Schofield, British author, biographer and military historian as its Fireside chatter on 24 October 2016 paired with good food and wine.

Ms Schofield is a renowned scholar on Pakistan and the disputed Jammu/Kashmir region. A close friend of the late Benazir Bhutto whom she succeeded as President of the Oxford Union Society, Schofield has written widely on South Asia and spent considerable time in the region, including walking across Afghanistan to interacting with the various tribes. She is an alumnus of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and was a visiting fellow at St Antony’s, Oxford in 2004-2005.

Ms Schofield spoke to members on her postulations of current India-Pakistan challenges, including the likelihood of war.