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Singapore: Community Effort Helps Raise S$40,000 for Needy Residents
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com
Source Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016
Focus: Internet Governance
Country: Singapore
Created: Nov 01, 2016

SINGAPORE: A ground-up initiative that saw Marsiling-Yew Tee residents collecting ring tabs from canned drinks has helped to raise S$40,000 for the needy.

A total of 380,000 ring tabs were collected by residents. In exchange, the initiative’s patrons and corporate partners donated S$40,000, which was presented to Members of Parliament (MPs) Halimah Yacob and Lawrence Wong at the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC Family Day on Sunday (Oct 30).

The money raised will go to the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC Cares fund and is expected to benefit about 800 residents. It will be used to purchase taxi vouchers to help needy residents, such as those wheelchair-bound and the elderly, with their transportation costs for medical care.

Madam Halimah said such ground-up initiatives help to unite the community. "There are four divisions (in the constituency), so it's important that we get our residents from across the board to come together in order to strengthen the bond," she said.

"We really want to build this team effort, this team contribution, this sense of being part of a family among our residents," she added.

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