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The People's Association /
Posted 4 months ago

“The global impact of COVID-19 feels surreal. Restrictions on our day-to-day routines may be mentally challenging but I believe it impacts our migrant friends even more,” remarks Ms Joyce Mehar, Telok Blangah resident and Grassroots Leader. “They left their hometowns to work hard, did the heavy lifting in Singapore for so many years, and now they are unable to be with their families. What we have done together with the good people at Crisis Relief Alliance (CRA) will go a long way in making the migrant workers feel that they are a part of our community.” Every festive season, CRA organises a clothing and food collection drive with the aim to spread cheer and uplift the spirits of migrant workers in Singapore. In the recent Ramadan period, they had partnered volunteers of Telok Blangah Community Club Management Committee (CCMC) and Dover CCMC to encourage residents to participate in the initiative. For two weeks, the CCs became designated collection points, and grassroots volunteers helped raise awareness through posters and social platforms. Joyce had also gone the extra mile to set up a collection booth at The Interlace condominium in her capacity as Chairperson of The Interlace Residents’ Network (RN). She had hoped to collect more pre-loved clothing for the migrant workers. “A few of them previously shared that clothes, especially long-sleeved shirts, are useful as they work under the hot sun for hours,” she recalls, “this collection drive was equally successful as many neighbours came forward with bags of clothing and snacks - one of them even created hampers.” Telok Blangah CCMC Chairperson Mdm Angeline Tan, PBM adds, “it was heartening to witness such a positive response. As a resident, I feel that this is a small effort on our part to make an individual feel appreciated.” Ms Ong Bee Yong, who is part of CRA’s leadership team, is thankful for the generous contributions by residents. “Everyone can make a difference – it could even be a child using his allowance to donate a pack of biscuits. When we think of our migrant friends as part of our community, we spread and embody the spirit of inclusiveness. Dover CCMC Chairperson Mr Terence Wong, PBM agrees, “Even in these difficult times, we demonstrate an unwavering community spirit. We will continue to work with community partners like CRA to care and support the interests of the more vulnerable groups amongst us.” #ACaringCommunity #PeoplesAssociation

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