Your monthly dose of buzzworthy goodness from around the lion’s den.
Midnight food deliveries to the needy inspire others
Since February last year, Mr Derrick Wong has been seeking out the elderly and underprivileged on the streets of Chinatown every Friday night. With the help of about 10 volunteers, Mr Wong’s team prepares 60 packets of food and distributes them to the needy. Not content with just providing sustenance, the cafe owner also makes it a point to get to know the elderly folks better and provide comfort to them by lending a listening ear.
Donating his liver to save a stranger’s life
In a first for Singapore, a living donor has stepped up to donate his organ to a complete stranger. Security officer Peter Lim Kok Sen completed a procedure to donate his liver to 16-year-old Lim Si Jia in March this year, after first signing up to be a non-directed liver donor in January 2015. His selfless act has changed Si Jia’s life. The teenager, who lived with a genetic condition that rendered her incapable of breaking down glycogen before, can now look forward to a better quality of life and will be able to enjoy a more physically active lifestyle.
12-year-old selflessly attends to car collision victims
While on his way home from a remedial lesson, Ashvin Gunasegaran was crossing the road when he heard a sudden loud crash behind him. Two cars had collided, and despite the danger posed by oncoming traffic, Ashvin instinctively rushed forward to help. The 12-year-old, upon seeing that one of the drivers was pregnant and bleeding, got his friends to call for an ambulance.
Neighbours bond over iftar in common corridor
Unlike the corridors of most new public housing estates which tend to be sparse and quiet, the one at Block 803B Keat Hong Close located in Choa Chu Kang recently became a boisterous meeting place for some 32 neighbours. Seated on floor mats and sharing food with each other, young and old residents were gathered to break fast together as the Muslim community observes Ramadan. The initiative was organised by two residents who had the idea of organising a group iftar for their neighbours, so as to bring the community closer together.
Lady hands out bicycle lights to ensure cyclists’ safety
As a keen cyclist, Ms Hoh Siow Har knows how dangerous it is to cycle at night without appropriate bicycle lights. When she noticed that many foreign workers were riding bicycles without lights, she decided to purchase several rear and front lights, and give them out to those she encountered at the park connectors. Initially hesitant to approach a foreign worker, his grateful reaction after she had helped him install the lights inspired her further.