A 60-year-old unemployed man, Wang Qing Chi, suddenly died from a burst vessel while he was in the bathroom of his home at 245 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, leaving behind his wife and four young children.
According to the Chinese daily, the family are surviving on Wang’s widow, Weng Meirong’s salary of $500 monthly from working as a stall assistant at a hawker stall.
While the loss of her husband will undoubtedly be a perpetual void, the financial burden Weng carries could be lightened, thanks to the kindness and generosity of some Singaporeans. The Chinese daily reports that six readers reached out to them via Facebook and have said that they wish to donate money to the family.
Another reader contacted the publication via email and offered to contribute $500 monthly to the family, while yet another reader also felt prompted to give after reading the news report. This reader, 44-year-old Zhuang Suqian, told reporters: “We are all people with family. Seeing the family like that was just heartbreaking. I hope to do my part to help.”
Another 57-year-old known as Mr Chen intends to donate rice, dry grains, and canned food to the family, along with his friends. Meanwhile, philanthropic undertaker Roland Tay says that a rich businessman has contacted him with regards to donating to the family, as well.
Weng shared that she is greatly touched by the outpouring of help and said that she will bring up her children well no matter what happens: “I am very touched with the concern from these kind people. No matter how difficult life will be, I will bring up my children.”