New SG United Portal

On Valentine’s Day, some 20 of our MSF colleagues showed care and concern by giving back to the community.

Assistant Director Benedict Seowand Executive Nur Atiqah Bte Abdul Malek were some of our volunteers who spent the afternoon sorting and preparing food packs, which included items such as rice and canned goods, at The Food Bank. These food packs will be delivered to various social service agencies who serve vulnerable segments in the community including our seniors.

So, why did Benedict and Nur Atiqah step out at a time when we hear of many Singaporeans preferring to stay in?

“We found out that some colleagues were helping out at The Food Bank. We also heard that charities, especially those that depended heavily on volunteers, were badly affected by COVID-19,” Benedict says. “We wanted to contribute in our own way to support these charities so that their beneficiaries would not be affected.”

Benedict and Nur Atiqah are among many Singaporeans who have been volunteering with charities and social service agencies. Amid public health concerns, these organisations had reported a drop in volunteers, making it challenging for them to continue providing services such as food delivery.

During the packing, the volunteers practised good personal hygiene with frequent hand washing and sanitation. They also knew they were in good hands as The Food Bank had put in place all the necessary measures, from temperature screenings to travel declarations for all volunteers.

The session also served as a team-bonding session for Benedict, who credited his colleagues for making his experience fun and memorable. This certainly won’t be their last time at The Food Bank.

Nur Atiqah said, “I don’t think we should let COVID-19 stop us from caring about each other. It is precisely during such times that we should stand together as one.”

Want to help? You can visit the SG United Portal, which lists volunteering and other opportunities related to COVID-19, as well as community-led initiatives that you can support. If you would like to kick-start your own projects, you can find links to resources at the portal too.