Riding on the warm fuzzies brought on by Valentine’s Day, let me share some of the kind initiatives that Singaporeans have undertaken for our healthcare workers who are at the forefront of our fight against COVID-19.
1. Buying breakfast for healthcare workers with their own pocket money
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They say that good things come in small packages and this is definitely true in the case of Ruien and Ruirui, who are age 10 and six respectively. These two girls initiated and carried out their personal mission of buying breakfast and delivering it to frontline healthcare workers on 9 Feb. Not only did they use their own pocket money to purchase the food, they also included handwritten and heartfelt messages on each packet of food.
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Their extremely sweet gesture puts some adults to shame (AHEM, those who shun healthcare workers and verbally abuse them on public transport!!!) while reminding us that a little kindness can go a long way and that you are never too young or small to make a big impact.
2. Operation #BoosterShot
Because, who doesn’t love good coffee right?
To support and show healthcare workers that their hard work is greatly appreciated during this tough period, Operation #BoosterShot raised $25,000 to treat healthcare workers to a cup of coffee.
The result? Improved morale after healthcare workers felt appreciated for their efforts.
After stories and reports of people shunning healthcare workers on public transport started surfacing, Grab swiftly swung into action and introduced a new feature, GrabCare. This new service will provide rides for healthcare professionals from the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).
More than 2000 Grab drivers and partners have signed up to be a part of this and the service may be extended to include more hospitals and healthcare facilities.
To show their appreciation to the drivers for stepping up to help the healthcare sector, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng and NTUC Assistant Director-General Ang Hin Kee met up with drivers and union leaders from the National Taxi Association (NTA) and National Private Hire Vehicles Association (NPHVA).
Mr Ang said: “I would like to encourage more in our driver community to join this movement to support our healthcare professionals as they work tirelessly at the frontlines to combat Covid-19. Let us do more, and do together.”
4. StandUpForSG – love letters to healthcare workers including one from PM Lee!
Because, we can all do with more encouragement and less discrimination.
Credit: Felicia Pang Jia Xuan Credit: @missnio
Singaporeans, especially school children, have been writing notes and love letters to healthcare workers to show their support.
A very special card also came from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong!
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Take the cue from everyone and spread love, not fear.
5. Tribute and dedication to TTSH staff
A regular patient at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Jocelyn Ng applauded the dedication of healthcare staff who had attended to her.
In her long post, she detailed how the healthcare professionals were “calm and collected” and put her at ease with their professionalism.
She concluded her post by thanking them and expressing her admiration.
6. Priority for nurses at Pek Kio Market
The Moulmein-Cairnhill (MoCa) community launched the ‘MoCa Cares For Nurses’ initiative’ to show the nurses love on Valentine’s Day.
Under this new initiative, nurses in their uniforms will enjoy priority queues for food at 33 participating stalls. They can also redeem a free loaf of bread each week from two bakeries located beside the food centre under the Five Loaves programme.
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