Singaporeans donate their Solidarity Payments to local NGOs

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July 9, 2020

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Singaporeans donate their Solidarity Payments to local NGOs

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Singapore

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July 9, 2020

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The government of Singapore decided to provide a Solidarity Payment to support its citizens dealing with declining income due to the corona crisis. As not everyone in Singapore needed additional support, one citizen decided to pay it forward by starting a movement to donate Solidarity Allowance to NGOs and the less fortunate.

In April 2020, Singaporeans aged 21 and older each received at least 600 Singapore dollars to help them cope with the impact of the corona crisis. But not everyone needs this extra allowance. Content manager Sharon Shum, who continues to work from home and claims to be busier than ever, donated her Solidary Payment to NGO Aware, a group advocating gender equality. She proceeded to set up an online fundraiser on crowdfunding platform Give.Asia, encouraging others to do the same. In addition to Aware, her fundraiser also supports Hagar Singapore, the Singapore Red Cross, Boys' Town and the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home). In the first week of June, her campaign had already raised over 380,000 Singapore dollars.

Shum’s campaign is but one of many. During April 2020, on Give.Asia, six other campaigns of a similar nature were launched. Four more were hosted on a different platform, Giving.sg. And Singaporeans responded to appeals to donate their allowance in large numbers. In the first three weeks of April, donations on giving.sg alone reached over 13 million Singapore dollars – an absolute record. Traffic peaked on 17 April at 67,000, compared to the average 3,000-5,000 daily visitors. Singaporeans, with a population of 5.6 million, have shown true solidary, donating their Solidarity Payments en masse.

Photo credits: Benh Lieu Song