Workers’ Party (WP) member Gerald Giam has revealed that the WP Community Fund will be activated to assist a rental block resident whose Fengshan flat was totally destroyed in a horrific fire involving a Personal Mobility Device (PMD).
While the WP is not elected in the Fengshan ward, Mr Giam and other WP members regularly walk the ground to keep in touch with residents. The opposition party is expected to contest the ward in the upcoming General Election.
Sharing photos from his visit to the rental flat, Mr Giam revealed on Facebook today (31 Oct) that the resident’s son barely escaped the fire with his life. While no one was injured, the family’s household belongings were destroyed in the fire.
While HDB has re-assigned the family to another unit, the WP has assessed her needs for furniture and household appliances and will activate the WP Community Fund and partner with other charities to provide the family with household essentials. Mr Giam wrote:
“Visited one of our rental block residents in Fengshan whose flat was completely burnt in a horrific PMD-related fire over the weekend. Her teenage son barely escaped with his life — freed from the flat by heroic neighbours and the SCDF. Thankfully no one was badly injured, but their household belongings were completely destroyed.
“Fortunately HDB was able to re-assign her a nearby unit to move into. We assessed her needs for furniture and household appliances and will be working with The WP Community Fund and other charities to assist them with these essential items.”
The WP Community Fund, a registered charity, seeks to initiate and implement appropriate programmes that address or relieve financial hardship for the needy. The charity, which aims to promote the welfare and well-being of Singaporeans and Singapore residents, focuses on poverty relief and the advancement of education, mental and physical health, community development and sports participation.
Since it was founded in 2014, the WP Community Fund has provided financial aid or food vouchers to needy families, distributed food in collaboration with Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs), promoted wellbeing through hosting of health talks, caregiver training and home visits. It is working to further assist needy Singaporeans.