Residents help one another out in tough times

With Hari Raya Puasa around the corner, the last two weeks have been unfortunate for two Muslim families in Hougang and Marsiling when separate fires engulfed their entire homes. As a result, both of the families have lost most of their basic necessities such as clothes, furniture, and electrical appliances.

Moved by their plight and the significance of Hari Raya, Singaporeans have come to together to aid with the both families with various crowd funding projects and efforts.

1. The Marsiling Fire

A Facebook post on the Marsiling fire incident and the family’s plight immediately generated an outpouring of compassion. Netizens offered to contribute any means of relief to the family, including cash donations, traditional Hari Raya delicacies, and clothes. Various community-led organizations also offered assistance, collaborating with one another for the affected family.


At the same time, 3 firemen from Woodlands fire station who were involved in putting out the fire were saddened to witness the aftermath of the home. They were so affected that a private donation drive was set up to personally help the family.


2. The Hougang Fire

On the other hand, netizen Alex Ang started an Indiegogo campaign after finding out that the house in Hougang lacks fire insurance to cover damages.

Knowing the difficulty for owners to pay such hefty amounts, Mr Ang’s compassionate actions are admirable.


 To date, the campaign has collected USD3,503, far more than expected target of USD2,370.


Singaporeans show our kampong spirit

All of these inspiring individuals are quick to provide help to those in need and not hesitant to go the extra mile. Their moving actions show that there are those who are willing to assist others that they have no relation with. These types of acts that tug the hearts of the community and showed that our society is united as one, throughout thick and thin.

It is undeniable that such actions of the such individuals bring together the community as one. It is through hard times for such families that it is a reminder for each of us to be appreciative with what we had and to always help one another.

You can help the Hougang family by donating to Indiegogo campaign by Mr Ang, and also you can help the Marsiling family by contacting Sergeant Izwan at 8292 6290.


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Featured Image Via Indiegogo
With refrences from The New Paper, The Local Society, Suria, AsiaOne