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Migrant workers set to tour gardens as Blossoms of Friendship initiative blooms

The Straits Times, Singapore, 13 December 2021 - Mr Mo Hai Yun got to tour Gardens by the Bay on Monday (Dec 13) for the first time since arriving in the Republic from China a year ago. But then, it was only his second time leaving his dorm for a bit of leisure activity since March.

He said excitedly in Mandarin: "It truly is a garden in a city the way my friends said."

The 26-year-old technician, whose first trip away from his dorm in eight months was to a gallery two weeks ago, added: "It is a pity that we were not allowed to sight-see since March due to the restrictions. But we understand that it was for our safety."

He was one of some 240 migrant workers, residents of Westlite Accommodation, who toured the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome as part of an initiative launched on Monday in conjunction with International Migrants Day this Saturday.

The Blossoms of Friendship initiative is organised by The Salvation Army and Touch International, in partnership with Westlite Accommodation. It is also supported by Gardens by the Bay.

Under this initiative, groups of migrant workers will get to see Gardens by the Bay on complimentary tours hosted by volunteers each month. Monday's inaugural launch was funded by CAforGood, a not-for-profit company that seeks to rally businesses to do good through innovative solutions and smart technology.

Future tours will be funded by Temasek Trust's oscar @ sg fund, as well as unused SingapoRediscovers Vouchers (SRVs) donated by Singaporeans, said the Salvation Army.



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