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We can stand tall if we all stand together.

Resilience and fighting spirit. We talk about these values all the time. But I was humbled to see how they were being lived out in a resident I met during our “Bring-a-Hope” project. 

Some years back, Mr Wong went through a divorce, and shortly after lost his right leg due to a medical condition. Now, he lives alone in a rental flat with his 4-year-old daughter, supported by financial assistance from the CDC.

But he has not given up hope and continues to persevere. He has learnt how to be independent and to walk with a prosthetic limb, Recently, he even found a part-time job to help out in an IT/mobile-phone shop!

He continues to keep his spirits up, and is determined to provide a good future for his daughter, who goes to a childcare centre nearby.

I visited Mr Wong with former DJ Billy Wang (Dongfang Billy), who added further words of encouragement from his own experience fighting cancer/leukemia.

All of us have experienced adversity in our lives. And we will continue to do so. Sometimes the suffering may seem overwhelming. 

But I think of this resident – what he has gone through, and how he continues to live his life. And I am reminded that even in our darkest and most vulnerable moments, we can remain strong and resilient. Especially, when we realise that we are never alone in the struggles we go through.

For there are always people around – our family and friends, our neighbours and community members – who will be there for us, and help us weather every storm. 

We can stand tall if we all stand together.
— with 东方比利 (Billy Wang).


by     Lawrence Wong


We honoured and recognized the social service workers, volunteers and grassroots leaders who have uplifted the lives of residents

Last night, we honoured and recognized the social service workers, volunteers and grassroots leaders who have uplifted the lives of residents in the Southwest district
There were many stories of people doing good in the community.

For example, many grassroots leaders conduct regular house visits to attend to the needs of the poor and elderly residents. One took it upon herself to provide personal home care to an elderly resident.

Another assisted a family of three as they went through a difficult period – the father suffered from dementia and the daughter from diabetes and depression. He accompanied the family for their medical appointments and worked with many community partners to help the family resolve their many problems.

We also have many social workers who go out of their way to reach out to the low-income and elderly, as well as to underprivileged students and youths-at-risk.

One social worker initiated a football league for such youths and it has now expanded into 10 teams with a total of 200 youths! Through these efforts, he has helped many potential delinquents steer away from trouble and channel their energy towards sports.

These stories are an inspiration to us all – to go the extra mile to help our neighbours and our fellow Singaporeans in need.

They exemplify what it means to build an inclusive society, where we care for one another, and where the more able pitch in to help the less able in our midst.

This is how we can build an inclusive and stronger Singapore.

    Lawrence Wong

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