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6 Ways You Can Spread the Kampung Spirit as Singapore Battles the Coronavirus

In the past weeks, we’ve seen panic-buying groceries to hoarding masks and medical supplies. People are going to extremes to keep themselves and their families safe.

Amid this climate of uncertainty and fear, we want to help you find easy ways to show kindness and compassion while things look bleak. We've put together a list of ideas that you could do to spread the love in your community. In times like these, we're better together.

1. Install Hand Sanitiser in your HDB Lift

Started by some kind neighbours in Punggol Field, and appearing in various lifts across Punggol and Segar, let's take some inspiration from these awesome folks and fight the virus together!!!


Punggol: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=103865364516886&id=100995361470553

Segar: https://www.facebook.com/FabricationsAboutThePAP/posts/2708453379210653

2. Gift extra supplies to your neighbours (or rental flat residents) with MaskGoShare

In the face of the nCov, let’s do our part to help each other. If you have extra masks or hand-sanitiser, you can gift it to someone near you who might need it. If you’re in need, you can ask for help below.

Source: MaskGoShare (https://better.sg/maskgoshare/)

3. Reach out! Share your personal stories on social media (#SGwholecommunities)

This climate of isolation and confusion can make us feel alone - even though we're all worried about the same things! You can do your part to bridge the gap by:

  • Taking more notice of the people around you and chatting with the neighbours that you encounter.

  • Sharing personal stories that you know that will help encourage all of us by using the hashtag #SGwholecommunities on Facebook and Instagram, and making your posts public.

  • Sharing and using the #SGwholecommunities on encouraging posts that you come across!

Helpful Tips for Listening and Sharing

  • All of us are equal.

  • Your ‘enough’ and my ‘enough’ may be different. Let’s hold space for that.

  • Have compassion, empathy and kindness for the different ways we respond to this stressful situation.

Source: #SGwholecommuities

4. Lighten the mood!

Say hi to your neighbours, friends, colleagues or even strangers in a hygienic and creative way! Like the Friendzone team here, go for elbow bumps instead of hugs or handshakes! You could also use your own cultural greetings, like 'gong xi' or 'vanakkam' hand gestures.

5. Appreciate our brave healthcare workers with a handwritten note


  • Write a letter of ~30 words to a frontline healthcare professional (in one image)

  • Take a picture of your note. You can write as many notes as you want, but each note should fit legibly in an image.

  • Upload it on Facebook/Instagram as a public post and tag #braveheartSG

  • Share it with your friends and encourage them to do the same.

To manage the risk of infection, the team at StandUpFor.SG will print these letters and pass them to 5000+ healthcare personnel at the various hospitals islandwide. Here's an example of what your note could look like!

Source: StandUpFor.SG (https://www.facebook.com/StandUpForSG/posts/2681331605237703)

Picture source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10112741712627573

6. Chat with your family and neighbours about the latest updates

All of us receive news from different platforms, and you can help by initiating a conversation to correct fake news, and reduce panic and anxiety in the community!

Gov.sg gives legit updates at https://www.gov.sg/features/2019-ncov and regular updates via whatsapp: https://go.gov.sg/whatsapp

Lee Hsieng Loong's Telegram channel is cool too at https://t.me/leehsienloong

Stay healthy, Singapore!

With love, the Friendzone team.

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