In the picture: 78 year old Mdm Chew is one of the 107 elderly box collectors that benefits from our monthly meal funds. Mdm Chew needs her trolley as a support to walk. Without her trolley, she needs her walking stick. That is how old these elderly box collectors are.
MEAL FUNDS FOR THE BOX COLLECTORS
In recent years, we've seen an increase in the number of elderly box collectors in Singapore. Most of them, in their 70s and 80s, do not have other means of earning and have resorted to collecting cardboard boxes to make a living in order to support themselves. There are those among them that are childless and there are some whom are not financially supported by their own children. Collecting and selling boxes is not exactly the kind of job that an elderly should do. These box collectors start their day early, going through dumpsters, looking for cardboard boxes to be sold for mere 8 - 10 cents for every kilogram of cardboard boxes. For their effort, many only earn just $2-$3 at the end of a rough day. That's barely enough for a plate of rice in Singapore.
Happy People Helping People Foundation hope to raise funds every month to pay forward at least 1 meal a day for each of the box collectors we are helping in Toa Payoh, Cuff Road and Kreta Ayer. Currently, with the help of our meal sponsors, we have paid-forward meals for 100 box collectors for the past months. That's a total of close to 3,000 meals every month thanks to all the meals sponsors that contributed to this meal fund. We hope to extend our help to other box collectors from other estates as well. However your support is really crucial to us. Help sponsor their meals. Give them the opportunity to have more rest and some allowance for other expenditures.
For every 1 meal - $3 (Typically rice + 1 veg + 2 meat)
Last month, we raised a total of about $7k. We have paid for meals in Cuff Road (28 people), Toa Payoh (45 people), Kreta Ayer (30 people) and 4 other individuals. (These individuals are box collectors too, however we do not pay for their meals at the specified coffee shops below due to inconvenient distance. Their meals are paid at different stalls near their homes. They are at Bedok Interchange, 86 Whampoa Road, Lorong 25A Geylang, 190 Toa Payoh and 150 Bishan St 11) Photo proof of receipts can be shown upon requests via PM on our Facebook page. They are also uploaded on our Happy Sunday albums. We have also paid for NTUC vouchers for each of the box collector. Extra funds are used for outings and lunch/dinner outings.
In the month of January, we also gave out an ang pow of $50 cash to our box collectors with the extra funds we had. This is a yearly tradition for us. We had a pre-CNY celebration on the 8th of January 2017. We distributed oranges and ang pows to the box collectors. We have not given any cash for quite a long time, and we hope this would make their CNY a great, meaningful one.
This month, we aim for a total of $10 000 to pay for all the meals above. This is a little lower than our usual target as we had collected a good amount in the month of January and February and will bring the balance forward.
Note: Any balance will be used to purchase NTUC vouchers to be distributed during our monthly Happy Sundays and also for their monthly outings.
Below are the coffee shops where the box collectors collect their meals from:
1) Yi Fa Mixed Vege Rice & Porridge located at Block 21 Toa Payoh
(**Previously they collected from Xiang Man Yuan Restaurant located at Toa Payoh Lor 8 Industrial Park)
2) Sin Tian Chen Mixed Rice and Vege Stall located at Block 31 Kelantan Lane
(**Previously was from Yi He Eating House located at Blk 638 Veerasamy Road)
3) Jin Fu Coffeeshop, Up & Up Mixed Veg Rice Stall located at No 83/85. Keong Saik Rd
(DO support these stalls. They have been very supportive to us throughout this journey.)
Do help us spread word about this cause. Hopefully with your generous contributions, these elderly box collectors no longer need to depend on the little earnings that they get by selling cardboard boxes to eat.
Expenditures for the month of April:
Toa Payoh meals - $3,360
Little India meals - $2, 982
Chinatown meals - $1,800
NTUC vouchers - $2000
Monthly outing -$1000
Receipts to be found in our album for April's Happy Sunday!
Please share and get more people involved <3
For more info with regards to this project visit our Facebook page at : www.facebook.com/happypeoplehelpingpeople