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Donors hope teen pays it forward

GIFT: Malcolm Teo (right) with the laptop given to him by Mr Kamlesh Ramchand (in orange). Also in the photo are Malcolm’s mother, Madam Seah Yu Ping, and Mr Ramchand’s daughter, Tanya. TNP FILE PICTURE

Security consultant Kamlesh Ramchand donated a laptop and printer to student Malcolm Teo.

He said: "I am happy to hear that he is doing well in school. I have always believed in helping people who help themselves.

"I don't think family circumstances are a barrier to his success. He is well placed to get a scholarship and I hope in the future, he will do something for the community."

Says housewife Stella Sobak, who bought an iPhone worth about $1,000 for Malcolm: "We were so happy to hear about his results. I even showed the photo Madam Seah (Yu Ping) sent me to my husband. We are proud of him and we hope he keeps up the good work.

"We approached mother and son after being touched by their story. My husband and I decided to sponsor Malcolm an iPhone.

"He initially asked for the iPhone 5c as it was cheaper than the 5s. In the end, I insisted on the latter.

"I told him that if he needs anything in the future, we will help him. We hope he will make his mother proud, and pay it forward in the future."

Said Dr Friedrich Wu, an adjunct associate professor at the Nanyang Technological University, who donated $2,000 to Madam Seah and Malcolm: "I am glad he is progressing well. I wish him well."