As the Coronavirus outbreak continues to surge and countries go into lockdown, more and more underprivileged families continue to struggle with their daily life. But the dire situation has also brought the community together. In Singapore many individuals and Singaporean companies are offering a helping hand. Take for example ride-hailing operator Grab. They’ve launched GrabCare, which is a ride service dedicated to healthcare professionals working at various hospitals in Singapore at a 20 per cent discount.
The Courage Fund — set up on 11 April 2003 as a fund-raising effort to provide relief to SARS victims and healthcare workers — was jointly organised by the National Healthcare Group (NHG), Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), Singapore Medical Association (SMA), Singapore Nurses’ Association (SNA) and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), and has raised more than S$5.9 million in donations during this period of time. The donations will be used by Community Chest to support patients, healthcare and frontline workers, as well as vulnerable Singaporeans.
Local jeweller Vihari Poddar, designer and director behind Vihari Jewels recently announced that her company will be supporting The Courage Fund.
She says in an official statement: “We are in truly unique and testing times, as we witness before our eyes, a global pandemic which will lay upon each of us a risk to our physical, mental and financial health.
Some of us can play a role to aid those who are less fortune, as the evolving COVID-19 situation affects everyone, particularly those who have loss of income, or additional caregiving duties, or additional unplanned expenses for essential items.
Vihari Jewels will support The Courage Fund, towards supporting and providing relief to those most severely impacted, vulnerable individuals and families, including healthcare workers, frontline workers and volunteers, affected by the COVID-19 situation.
The Courage Fund is an initiative of Community Chest, an arm of National Council of Social Service (NCSS) Singapore. Being the national co-ordinating body for all social service agencies in Singapore, we believe this is the best way to support our front lines workers.
We have specially upcycled our older inventory into a collection of 150 pieces, in the affordable price range of S$500 to S$5,000, with 30% of the total sales proceeds going towards this humanitarian effort.
In order to minimise social interaction and maintain social distancing, we will carry out this sale via WhatsApp, and Instagram.
I am confident in our community, and our ability to raise a significant amount so as to make a mark and ease the burden on those individuals who are working tirelessly and at their own risk, for our safety and wellbeing.”
Vihari also tells Prestige: “It’s times like these that remind us of the enormous sacrifices that frontline staff — nurses , doctors, cleaning staff, security, government bodies — make, so we can stay safe.”
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