ABOUT $101,300 was raised this year by a union representing workers earning daily rated pay to help members pay for their daily needs and children's school expenses.

To thank donors, members of the Amalgamated Union of Public Daily Rated Workers served up coffee, toast and eggs to some 70 representatives yesterday.

The donors included other unions in the National Trades Union Congress as well as government agencies.

Among them was guest of honour Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who had also made a donation of an undisclosed amount.

The fund-raising drive is held once every three years, and the money collected goes to the 700 members of the union, who are low-income government workers.

The money raised this year exceeded the union's target of $100,000.

About 60 per cent of the fund will go towards education bursaries for members' children, while the rest will be used for welfare schemes and organising recreational events for members.

'The way to raise their income is to teach them more skills so they can do more things and earn a bit more,' said Mr Goh at the event, called Kopi From The Heart and held at a food court in Downtown East.

'But that's difficult because they are old. So the key for the family is the children's education. This is where they need funds, bursaries, grants, whatever schemes that they have, for their children's education,' he added.