New ways for Singaporeans to offer help and support amid outbreak of COVID-19: Desmond Lee


SINGAPORE: Amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, many Singaporeans have stepped forward in various ways to do their part, from showing their appreciation for workers on the frontline to volunteering to help the more vulnerable in the society.


This outpouring of support from individual Singaporeans and

organizations is encouraging and

heartening, said Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee on Wednesday (Feb 12) at a press conference organised by the multi-ministry task force tackling the virus outbreak here.


The Government will also be setting up a centralised platform to help “convene various ground-up efforts”.


“We will establish a centralised platform to enable ground-up groups, partners and Government-led initiatives to be publicised so that people can step forward and say, this is an area I’ll like to play a part, that’s an area I like to support, where can I go, what can I do and who can I contact,” he told reporters.


Mr Lee noted that there have been various ground-up initiatives thus far, including an “Operations Hands On” project started by two outdoor camp operators, FutuReady and Innotrek.


These two operators had been impacted by the cancellations of school camps, but have decided to come together to distribute hand sanitisers and masks to the elderly and vulnerable in their community, while sharing important public health messages.


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