Monday, May 18, 2015

Charity Car Wash for Animal Lovers League

Two weeks ago, I participated in a Charity car wash event and lend my helping hand to Animal Lovers League ( together with my two artistes Daniel Chin and Hayden Chen. No doubt I had blog a little of it in my previous blog post, but I still feel that I should write more and share more about this Animal Welfare Group.

It was indeed a good experience to do something meaningful for the small animals, especially to save over 700 animals and prevent them from becoming homeless. I had also pledge a small amount of contribution to them on behalf of Project Awareness, including the shout-out posted by the founder Elson Soh at the Facebook. 

I seriously hope that every of my friends can lend your helping hand to Animal Lovers League as they need to cover their monthly expenses at the shelter which cost around $20k plus minus. It is not easy to take care of the stray and mixed breed dogs and cats. Stay kind and be kind to animals always. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Uncle Tay and his basic Medishield

It was a very fruitful week indeed. Been busy with house visiting, artistes event at Bugis Junction, helping to raise funds for an animal shelter with over 700 animals, and planning out events and schedule for my artistes.

Over one of the weekdays, we have visited Uncle Tay in Hougang. Uncle Tay family consist of 5 members, have to squeeze in a very small 2 room rental flat, with very old bed and mattress which I feel it will post health problems to them if they continue using it for long. Initially, both Uncle Tay and her wife Jennifer are working. However in November last year, Jennifer, after finishing her work one night, she encountered a robbery while walking home, and all her cash in her wallet was stolen by the unknown men, to the extent that she even had to be hospitalised for several days. 

Now Uncle Tay is the sole breadwinner of the family, having to survive daily through his cleaner job. After hearing his situation, I immediately ask him about the hospital bills and whether are they covered by insurance because the cost of medical fees is very expensive. Luckily they are covered by basic Medishield, but they have to pay quite a bit from their own pockets. 

He then proceeded to show me a letter from a insurance company as he doesn’t know how to read them. Fortunately, with my experience as a insurance agent, I was able to explain the terms in the letter. It was due to his inability to fork out any more money for his accident policy that the policy has lapsed. 

I wanted to buy a accident policy for them as I’m afraid that in the event of the demise of Uncle Tay, how is their family going to continue living with the debts and lack of finance? I hope that through my efforts and Project Awareness, we will be able to give them a better life and bring them out of the darkness.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Thank you MP Baey Yam Keng and MP Tin Pei Ling

Recently been to Tampines Street 44 and Pipit Road together with the Founder of Project Awareness, Elson Soh, to visit the families there. First of all, we would like to thank MP Baey Yam Keng and MP Tin Pei Ling for helping the residents, as many residents sing praises of them. They help the lower income family to apply for higher grants depending on each of their situations, lowering their housing rental, providing a free wheelchair for the physically challenged people, changing their electric meter when the residents moved in and were charged at an erroneous rate, and even see photos of them with the residents in their house! This show how much care and concern they have for the residents there.

Over at Tampines, we spoke to one of the Malay family Mr Buang, who suffered stage 3 lung cancer, who was diagnosed last year, and currently quit his job as security officer, in order to continue with his medical treatment. They mentioned that MP Baey had assisted him to lower his flat rental from $250+ to $50+ a month, and applied a grant of $1300 from CDC to support his family of 8 children and a pregnant wife. In order to keep the SP bills lows, they hardly on their lights and the TV. Initially, we thought that this family is okay with their large TV, but after talking with them, we realised that most of the items in the house were donated to them. So we should never judge any family based on what we see. We never know what their story behind every door is. The family top up their phones by $2 dollars. We didn’t know this was possible until they told us about it. In order to keep their expenses to the minimal, the children had to cycle to school daily. The family of 8 have to sleep on the living room floor as the bed room is not big enough for everyone.

After understanding the situation of this family, we are shocked to see that their fridge is empty, and the daily meals they have is only white rice, and a bowl of sardine, their worst experience is that they go by a day without any food and the babies only had water to drink. We immediately asked the two children (boy studying in Polytechnic and girl studying in Secondary) to follow us to nearest FairPrice to stock up their rations. To our surprise, the two children didn't dare to pick up any of the items from FairPrice even though we told them to select what type of food is good for their family. They told me that their family never had a chance to do shopping in such a way as their financial and expenses are very tight.

Over at Pipit Road, we met this Chinese old couple at the lift lobby while conducting house visiting last night. Mrs Huan spoke to us in mandarin that MP Tin had given her this free wheelchair due to her stoke condition and also assisted them to apply for medical grant. Mr Huan (72 years old), currently working as a cleaner, living with his wife and son who is working odd jobs. They didn't ask for any assistance but just hoping Project Awareness can provide them with some goody bag to lighten their daily expenses. We accompany Mr Huan to the nearest hawker centre and treated him and Mrs Huan to Rojak and ice Kacang, as this is their favourite food. On behalf and request by Mr Huan and his wife, we thank MP Tin for your kindness and thoughtfulness.

Another family we met is a Indian lady named Achi D/O Rengasamy Veeramuthu (73 years old). She has diabetes and her right leg had severe gangrene and is at a stage where her leg has to be removed. It was a very sad scene for us. She told us about her story, having living alone, and cook for herself, it was not easy for her to go down and purchase groceries for her daily living. Just we are chatting with her, we chanced upon a photo of MP Tin and her together in a photo. I’m very glad that MP Tin has visited her before and had rendered help to her as much as possible.

Kindness is everywhere and a little thought can mean so much! Remember to share and walk with us in Project Awareness.