Jonathan Ng

Jonathan Ng

Doctor, 26

When Dr Jonathan Ng was a student at Raffles Junior College, he heard an upperclassman recount an incident in Cambodia, where a group of doctors had to use handheld torches to light up their rudimentary operating theatre due to a power failure. So moved was the then 18-year-old that he and his classmates banded together to hold a charity concert, raising over $300,000 to set up a proper operating theatre at the Angkor Hospital for Children, which they later built. Inspired to do more, Ng took the helm of Children of Cambodia to implement programmes for better child healthcare in 2008. Five years later, the organisation opened the country’s first neonatal ward with funds raised from its numerous initiatives. “Medical training in Singapore is rigorous and I really appreciate the times when I travel to Cambodia,” says Ng, who earned the NUS Student Achievement Award this year for his tireless efforts. “[It’s where] I remind myself why it’s all going to be worth it in the end.”