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Children’s Cancer Foundation beneficiary, Calista Lee (right) with her mother, Eveline Tan. Since the onset of COVID-19, Evelyn had to take extra care of Calista. Worried about her already weakened immune system, they had minimised outdoor activities. Instead, she often teaches Calista how to cook and bake as an alternative way to bond with her.

Hope Floats with Children’s Cancer Foundation

No bald statements in 2020, but Children’s Cancer Foundation presses on as they transit into teleservice engagements.

Safeguarding Mental Health: The Hallmark of Ethical Leadership

Raising mental health awareness and the significance of ethical leadership at the launch of Temasek Foundation’s Momentum Tea webinar series.
Dr Tham Tuck Seng, 50, dons PPE before heading to a patient’s home, in July last year. Even after it was no longer required for doctors to wear PPE during house calls, Dr Tham continued to wear them to safeguard both the patient and himself.

First (Responder) Family Fights Covid-19

How a family of healthcare workers did their part at the front lines to help Singapore beat the challenges of Covid-19.

Beyond Borders: How Youths in Singapore Continue to Help Children Overseas

With travel restrictions in place, youths continue to challenge the limits of e-learning by volunteering abroad — digitally.
Project Grant a Wish

Granting a Fresh Start for 2021

Up to 367 children across Singapore set aside worn out bags and stationery for all-new supplies — made possible by volunteers who spent months intensely collecting items on wish lists, checking them twice, then wrapping these presents.
Nicholas Lim, 30, a beneficiary of the Singapore Haemophilia Society.

How a Former Manhunt Finalist Rises Above His Rare Blood Disorder

Nicholas Lim, 30, has an invisible disability — a genetic blood disorder known as haemophilia which results in him bruising and bleeding easily. But that isn’t stopping the swimming instructor and fitness buff from pursuing his fitness dreams.
Benjamin Tay, executive director, PM Haze

Funding the Future of our Environment

With the pandemic at the forefront of everyone’s minds, it seemed as though everyone forgot about the perils of the human impact on the environment. WAYD talks to two organisations that continue to advocate for these issues, despite the fall in funding for the year.
The Giving Collective food redistribution

Keeping Bellies Full One Bun at a Time

How a little neighbourhood bread distribution initiative in Singapore started mushrooming across the island.
MiRXES Covid-19 Fortitude Test Kits

Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Covid-19 Test Kit

How one Singapore-based biotech company came to produce one million Covid-19 tests a week.
Cycling Without Age allows seniors and persons with disabilities to enjoy a ride through the community without having to worry about any mobility challenges or getting tired. Volunteers provide a scenic trishaw ride through the city while seniors can relax and enjoy the view.

Virtual Reality Helps Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Explore Singapore

When Covid-19 hit, Cycling Without Age Singapore used virtual reality to provide a trishaw tour experience to seniors from the comfort of their own nursing homes.
The Food Bank Singapore

The Amazing People and Organisations Helping Communities in Need

Six inspiring individuals and organisations recognised for their community contributions at the President’s Volunteerism and Philanthropy Awards 2020.
AGWO volunteer befrienders at a factory-converted dormitory.

Rev Samuel’s “Dream Team” is on a Mission to Eradicate Poverty

Rev Samuel Gift Stephen started out tending to needs of migrant workers. Now, he’s befriending them to tend to their mental wellness too.

The Unexpected Covid-19 Social Club

Club MemorABLE, a pandemic innovation by Apex Harmony Lodge, connects persons with dementia through music and movement. Each week, residents bop to oldies like “Kung Fu Fighting” and “Dancing Queen” for a dose of good vibrations.
Mr Rajendran Samidurai, 35, from India, puts on the reusable mask from Temasek Foundation. These masks are being distributed to all who work in the built environment (BE) sector

Pragmatic, On-site Innovations to Keep Workers Safe

Distribution of reusable masks rolls out to safeguard the built environment sector.

The Arts Creates a Safe Space to Let Those Feelings Show

Children and youth need face-to-face human interaction to process complex emotions, or risk developmental challenges as they grow up.

Kids Speak Up on Facing Up to the Pandemic

This Children’s Day, we catch up with children whose parents are healthcare workers to find out their thoughts on Covid-19 and the changes they’ve faced.

Foreign Domestic Workers Keep Paddling Through Social Distancing Challenges

How advocacy group Race2Share uses sport and fitness to promote physical and mental well-being among an oft-forgotten minority group.
Workers living in a factory-converted dormitory open their doors to meet with volunteers from the Crisis Relief Alliance as they conduct a needs assessment exercise during the Circuit Breaker period. Made up of both healthcare professionals as well as individuals looking for a way to help out, these volunteers check to see that the dorm residents have their day-to-day needs taken care of and also try to find out what else they require

At the Heart of Crisis Preparedness and Relief

With a leap of faith, the Crisis Relief Alliance quickly learnt about the ecosystem of the factory-converted dormitories to play a pivotal role in providing assurance for migrant workers during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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An SIA flight stewardess guides students from Northlight School on the basics of inflight service in a mockup cabin of an Airbus A380

‘Inside Singapore Airlines’ Takes Flight and Gives Back

While flying has not been an option for many, 400 beneficiaries from select charities had the chance to explore a very different SIA inflight experience.
Ms Fong Jiawen, 22, (left) straps a cuff on Ms Bernice Chai, 40, to take her blood pressure. These health screening booths were originally designed as mass screening swab booths and have been repurposed by CTS’s student organisers.

Pandemic-proof Health Screening Services for the Community

The future of health monitoring is here, as PhD students drive an initiative to make health screening services more accessible through telemedicine.
Vintage Radio SG

Music to Silence a Savage Year

Vintage Radio SG: the volunteer mission to reach and engage with Singapore’s elderly through music and nostalgia.
Blessed Grace Social Servicesa

When the Vulnerable Become Avid Community Volunteers

Pastor Billy Lee started Blessed Grace Social Services to help those struggling with personal issues find purpose. Its volunteers tend to the needs of seniors, working with the community’s vulnerable groups — which they too, were once part of.
DBS x MINDS tour the Marina Bay Sands

Outing by the Bay Provides Reprieve for MINDS Beneficiaries Stuck at...

Long-awaited sailing sessions postponed as a result of downpour, but MINDS beneficiaries and volunteers from DBS still connected over an outing by the Bay where they feasted on the lifestyle precinct’s sights and sounds.
Project Coconut provides seniors with smartphones

Coconut Smartphones a Lifeline for Seniors

How Hwa Chong Institution students, collectively known as “Project Coconut”, helped raise $30,000 to obtain smartphones for uncontactable elderly.
Esplanade on the Go Music Truck

Musicians Take Their Show on the Road in Esplanade’s First Music...

While Covid-19 may have kept the seniors from going to performances, it didn’t stop the performances from coming to them.
Migrant workers celebrate Deepavali 2020

Festival of Lights Dimmed Somewhat by Safe Distancing Measures

Despite the Covid-19 outbreak, migrant workers at the Terusan Recreation Centre held a joyous Deepavali celebration.
Seniors from Lions Befrienders Senior Activity Centre receive cards from Hey, You Got Mail!

Delivering Handwritten Happiness to Seniors

Inspired by the joy of receiving packages by mail or courier, a group of youth started creating heartfelt handwritten cards for seniors centres in Singapore.
Food Pantry 2.0 vending machines by The Food Bank Singapore

Tech and Data Maintain Privacy for Food Aid Beneficiaries

Automated food aid distribution via dry rations and cooked meals vending machines will help alleviate food insecurity and social stigmas.
Waiting lines at Temasek Shophouse are considerably shorter

Mask Crusaders Line Up for Them — Even When They Don’t...

It’s not Hello Kitty collectibles that are causing the lines this time, but limited edition black, peach and denim versions from the StayMasked campaign by Temasek Foundation.
Yu Hsin Ying, 5, (left), and Lirthika Karthigayan, 6, are Stay Safe Heroes at PCF Sparkletots Braddell Heights. Stay Safe Heroes were introduced to all PCF Sparkletots preschools in June.

How Children Learn to Stay One Metre Apart Through Games and...

Safe distancing is hard — especially for the very young. Here are some ways these childcare centres and kindergartens have had to get creative to remind children to practise good hygiene and keep a metre apart to avoid germs.

Love in the Time of Covid-19

After 37 years together, he finally proposed. “All of a sudden, he asked if we could get registered (for marriage),” says 84-year-old bride, Madam Chia Pee Kim. Find out how their wedding happened under the most unusual of circumstances.
Teachers at iC2 PrepHouse use Zoom to reach their young clients who are visually impaired. iC2’s mission is to help visually impaired young people develop confident living in a sighted community.

Visually Impaired Children Find it Harder to Adjust to Digital Learning

With guidance from teachers, they are able to adapt through activities like picture search, spot-the-difference, and stories to build on their visual efficiency skills.
Mr David Choo, 30, champions REACH Rock Steady, a year-long programme that uses music to build confidence for youths through practice and performance.

Performing Pop Music Offers Stress Relief and Confidence-Building for Youth

For troubled youth, REACH Rock Steady is a safe space to learn music at their own pace while allowing their self-esteem to blossom.
Mr Matlisah bin Chela enjoys art therapy at the Assisi Hospice Day Care Centre

How a Wanderer Found an Anchor in the Form of Art...

Since the age of 30, Mr Matlisah bin Chela spent his nights under the stars. It was only when he suffered COPD that he found happiness and a roof over his head.
Ms Kirti Harnal does warm-up exercises taught by the Heart Wellness Centre.

Heart Attack Survivor Kirti Rehabilitates at Home Post-CB

For heart patients like Ms Kirti Harnal, leaving her house during the Covid-19 pandemic comes with a certain level of fear. But this hasn’t stopped her from building her strength with the help of the Singapore Heart Foundation.
YouthGo! social workers engage with their clients

Youth Workers Game and TikTok for Outreach

YouthGo! social workers get creative with a slew of online tools, from Instagram to TikTok, to befriend and engage youth at risk.
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