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Volunteer groups keep up support for migrant workers in Singapore

The Straits Times, Singapore, 13 July 2021 - Efforts to support migrant workers here have not abated, even after the Covid-19 outbreak in worker dormitories has been quelled.

Volunteer-run groups like Welcome In My Backyard (Wimby) and Covid-19 Migrant Support Coalition (CMSC) told The Straits Times that they remain focused on integrating migrant workers into the Singapore community.

Both groups were set up last April during the circuit breaker, amid a surge of Covid-19 cases in worker dormitories.

On July 4, volunteers from Wimby delivered around 700 pieces of freshly baked goods to a worker dormitory in eastern Singapore as part of an initiative called Birthday Makan, to mark Wimby's first anniversary.

The items were provided by six bakeries, many of which were home-based businesses, and sponsored by members of the public.

Baked goods were chosen as they could be kept longer, and small businesses could also benefit from the initiative.

Wimby's media strategy lead Elly Chaw, 24, said the initial goal of 1,400 pieces of sponsored baked goods was exceeded, hitting 2,100.

The delivery of the remaining 1,400 pieces will take place at a later time.

Wimby's previous initiative last year generated 500 sponsored items.



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