Ever since the outbreak was announced, cleaners have been working overtime and on the frontline to ensure our safety. They have worked tirelessly and thoroughly to help flatten the curve. As such, our #SGStrong Grantee, Kelly Neo and her team at Fei Yue Community Services’ have decided to extend their gratitude. They head the Youth GO! Programme which helps keep youths engaged in healthy activities and off the streets.
“We wanted to set up a platform for our youths to have the chance to contribute back to a group that is affected, yet not very recognised. I believe many of us would want to take a step to do something for each other in the community, but we might be faced with some barriers. “
Engaging the youths involved in the programme, they decided to bake cookies for the 120-strong cleaning staff of Khoo Teck Puat and Ng Teng Fong Hospital. This project not only served to express appreciation for the cleaners who have worked tirelessly to ensure pristine and safe conditions for the public but also to break the stereotype of flippancy that youths seem to have towards the outbreak.
“ The most rewarding experience came from seeing the youths volunteer their time and energies to travel to the centre to bake, and put in extra hours to bake more so that they can give good quality products to the cleaners. They were all very tired by the end of it, but I could see the satisfaction in their faces.”
Although the gesture was small, it really brightened the day of the cleaners and helped the youths change their perception towards cleaners. We hope that Youth GO!’s project will remind you to show gratitude to the frontline workers who are working tirelessly to keep the nation safe. Together, we are stronger than COVID-19.