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How to donate money and volunteer your time to help those severely affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore

How to donate money and volunteer your time to help those severely affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore

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Text: Simran Panaech

Editor: Crystal Lee


The coronavirus pandemic is forcing cities to slow to a crawl. Some of our nearest and dearest are facing salary cuts, layoffs and no-pay leave. It's tough out there and no one knows for sure when life will return to normal.

In the meantime, we hope that you're keeping well and taking all MOH-recommended precautions for COVID-19. Beyond practising excellent personal hygiene and social distancing, consider extending help to those hardest hit during this time. There are many community initiatives in Singapore and they could use some help right now. See how you can contribute, below.

SGUnited

Our list is short, thanks to this one-stop portal that centralises volunteer and donation call-to-actions from both charities and the public. There are four main tabs on the website. "Volunteer" leads you to a page on giving.sg with a list of programmes you can be a part of; "Support" offers information on how you can pen your support for our frontline heroes; "Donations" tells you how you can send money to organisations like The Courage Fund and Sayang Sayang Fund; while "Share" points you to more links to stay updated on the latest giving initiatives.

LuxLexicon x LNX Global Charity Drive

If you want to donate to underprivileged children affected by the virus, LuxLexicon – Southeast Asia's largest luxury purveyor of Hermès Birkin and Kelly handbags – and LNX Global – the talent management agency founded by local veteran actor Li Nanxing – are hosting a fundraiser on Carousell to aid these tough times. Over 50 favourite outfits chosen by actors and personalities will be listed for sale and a lottery bidding from S$1, all taking place from 30 March to 5 April.

Take Back The Nights

Our local artists are suffering as with most, if not all, events cancelled. That is why it is so essential that Audrey Lim, a voice over artist, along with three others took the initiative to set up online concert series – Take Back The Nights – to help freelancers get back into the music scene. Through donations using QR codes, this 12 episode series will feature local artists such as Tabitha Nauser, needing as much as $192,000.

MADE in SG

As with supporting artists, all creative freelancers matter. Carousell and the Singapore Brand Office have partnered to launch MADE in SG – a local campaign to support freelancers and professionals in the Media, Arts, Design, and Entertainment (M.A.D.E) industry affected by COVID-19. This will provide free exposure and reach for creatives to sell their work on Carousell's front page, as part of a curated collection. They also stand to receive a CarouBiz Starter Pack that comprises a 3-month Caroubiz subscription and S$100 of Carousell coins, which helps gain additional visibility for their listings and data-backed insights. All you have to do to support is shop.

Contribute.sg

If you have excess face masks, hand sanitisers, or hand wash, drop them off at the locations listed on this portal. Your contributions will be sent to welfare and charity organisations in Singapore, as well as medical institutions, those in the frontlines (including taxi and private hire drivers), and other communities with homebound patients and lower-income families.

Singapore Red Cross

Blood is required everyday to support the needs of patients, so do donate if you're healthy and eligible. There are stringent screening precautions in place for donors, and HSA has stated that the risk of contracting the virus at the blood banks is low. The Singapore Red Cross is also fundraising for its local programmes and services on Giving.sg.

Local businesses

Help keep them afloat during this time of reduced footfall. Purchase their products online if they have an e-commerce platform. Enquire about a suspended bar/coffee tab. Order from your favourite eateries on Deliveroo, Foodpanda and GrabFood. Go ahead and pop into the local joints if you're not sick or quarantined – as long as you're practising good hygiene and social distancing.

If you know of a community fundraiser or volunteer recruitment drive in Singapore, drop us a note by emailing cl@buro247.sg so we can update this list. P.S. Support local. Download the TraceTogether app. Exercise some responsibility. We're all in this together.

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