FMAS Champions A Caring Community under SG Cares, 20 May 2018

FMAS Champions A Caring Community under SG Cares

 

FMAS Champions A Caring Community under SG Cares

  • Inaugural initiative to foster a caring community in the heartlands by providing vouchers to help those in need

  • 1,500 residents to receive vouchers for use at 575 participating hawker stalls and coffee shops

Individuals who require financial aid for meals will be able to receive help from The Federation of Merchants’ Associations, Singapore (FMAS) under an inaugural island wide initiative《共创温馨邻里家园》. FMAS announced on Sunday (20 May) that it will be distributing food vouchers to 1,500 residents where they would be able to use these vouchers at participating hawker stalls and coffee shops. This initiative by FMAS was set up to help seniors and those in need defray the cost of meals.

President of FMAS, Mr Yeo Hiang Meng, said, “We want to be a part of the SG Cares movement and build a caring heartland business community by starting with looking after the people in the neighbourhood. Our approach is to foster social responsibility among our member merchant associations, by tapping on our network of heartland merchants and hawkers to play an active role in addressing the needs of lower income and senior Singaporeans across the island. We hope that this initiative will create greater awareness, spark more ground up initiatives, and for the community to look out for each other.”

Three Merchant Associations, Yuhua Constituency St 31 Shop Proprietors’ & Hawkers’ Association, Ayer Rajah Merchants’ Association and Haig Road Hawkers’ & Merchants’ Association have stepped up to kick-start this initiative in May, while seven participating Merchant/Hawker Associations are slated to distribute the vouchers between June and August. The list of 10 participating Merchant/Hawker Associations are as follow (distribution month & association name): 1. Yuhua Constituency St 31 Shop-Proprietors & Hawkers Association, 裕华区31街商店小贩联谊会 2. Ayer Rajah Merchants’ Association, 阿逸拉惹商联会 3. Haig Road Hawkers & Merchants Association, 海格路小贩与商店联谊会 4. Tampines West Merchants' Association, 淡滨尼西区商联会 5. Marine Parade Merchants' Association, 马林百列商联会 6. Boon Lay Hawkers' Association, 文礼小贩协会 7. Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 (N1) Shopkeepers' & Hawkers' Association, 宏茂桥第四道(第一邻区)商贩联谊会 8. Alexandra Village Business Association, 亚历山大村商联会 9. Chong Pang City Merchant & Hawker's Association, 忠邦城商贩联谊会 10. Chinatown Complex Hawkers' Association, 牛车水大厦小贩商联会

These 10 participating Merchant Associations (MAs) will raise funds for the food vouchers, encourage all their member hawkers to put up a decal to indicate their stalls accept the food vouchers and also provide a larger portion of food for beneficiaries. The Merchant Associations are currently working closely with grassroots leaders to distribute vouchers to their precinct’s lower income residents. FMAS will also encourage more merchant associations to participate in this inaugural initiative.

Involving over 575 merchants, these vouchers can be used to defray or offset their meals at the hawker stalls and coffee shops. Decals identifying participating stalls will be displayed. Each booklet has a monetary value of $30 and will be distributed in the form of printed vouchers. The vouchers are valid for 3 months from the date of issue and cannot be used to purchase cigarettes or liquor.

Guest of Honour for the launch of the initiative, Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth said, “Hawker centres are common social spaces, and an integral part in the day-to-day lives of people where they frequent, eat and interact with one another. There are already many good hearted hawkers who have been providing subsidised or free meals out of their own pockets to those in need. With FMAS taking a combined effort across the hawker centres and rallying more hawkers and retailers to come on board, I am heartened that more support will be given to those who require help as the community comes together to care for each other, exemplifying the spirit of SG Cares”.

(A joint media release by FMAS and SG Cares.)

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