Your monthly dose of buzzworthy goodness from around the lion’s den.
Family’s unconditional care for domestic helper with cancer
When their domestic helper of 15 years was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer, 22-year-old Marshall Lim decided to put off his university plans to send her back home and care for her in Indonesia, while his mother helped raise funds for her hospital bills.
‘Baos’ which provide jobs and a home
For the past 12 years, widow Sarah Tan has used her ‘bao’ stalls to supply jobs to those she has taken in. From unmarried mothers to homeless children, she has used her own home as a sanctuary for about 60 individuals. The story has gained a massive sharing on social media, and despite many who have offered financial support, the ‘bao’ seller prefers to earn her keep.
Hosting open house dances for migrant workers
Looking to cultivate friendships between Singaporean youths and migrant workers, local social entrepreneur Suraj Prakash Upadhiah opens his home for weekly dance parties. Naming his place Bumbong Sunset, he hosts these people on Saturdays with the support of friends, family and volunteers.
Greater community support to tackle dementia
In what originally started out as a ground-up project, the ‘Forget Us Not’ initiative has helped foster Dementia-Friendly Communities across Singapore which have now seen more than 8,000 people trained in identifying dementia and providing support to these individuals and their caregivers.
Students initiate fund-raising for injured canteen vendor
From busking to car washes, students of St Joseph’s Institution International (SJII) came up with and carried out various fund raisers to help their injured canteen vendor, Madam Jamaliah Yacob. Through these efforts, ‘Aunty Jamaliah’s Fund’ has accumulated at least $50,000 so far.