Community heroes hailed for kind acts amid Covid-19 – AutismSTEP
With the coronavirus pandemic raging, Ms Sherry Soon, 39, founder of local ground-up movement Be Kind SG, wanted to give front-line healthcare workers an extra boost.
In early February, she galvanised corporate sponsors, schools, non-profit groups and the Singapore Prison Service to put together 7,000 care packs containing items such as snacks, toiletries and thank-you notes for healthcare staff.
That was one of more than 10 initiatives led by Ms Soon amid the Covid-19 period.
For her efforts, Ms Soon was among 31 recipients presented with an award by President Halimah Yacob at this year’s President’s Volunteerism and Philanthropy Awards (PVPA) ceremony held at the Istana yesterday.
A record 236 nominations were submitted for the PVPA this year, more than twice the number received in 2018.
In her address at the ceremony, Madam Halimah noted that despite the Covid-19 pandemic posing a great challenge, it has also brought out the best in many Singaporeans.
“Over the past few months, I have seen many Singaporeans from all walks of life coming together to help others. It inspires me greatly to know that in the most difficult of times, humanity still prevails,” she said.
“This is why I have decided to dedicate this year’s PVPA to recognising these unsung heroes who have given selflessly during the Covid-19 outbreak.”
Organised by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, the PVPA recognises individuals and organisations that have achieved excellence in giving to the community.
The award recipients made contributions in various domains such as food security, accommodation, procurement and distribution of medical supplies, and dissemination of critical information to those without access.
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