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Clap for healthcare workers every Monday – and other ways to show your appreciation

How to really thank the heroes fighting on the frontline to keep Singapore safe

By Dewi Nurjuwita
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From Pasir Ris to Jurong and even Sentosa, Singapore roared with cheers and claps for healthcare workers on Monday, March 30. The movement was created locally by British expat Martin Verga, who rallied more than 4,700 Singapore residents on Facebook event page Clap For #SGUnited, inspired by the Clap for Carers movement in the United Kingdom. Following the positive reaction, the movement is now being held every Monday at 8pm – so grab your pans, pots, musical instruments, and loudest cheer as Singapore stands united. 

And while clapping and cheering for our healthcare workers is truly a heartwarming gesture, there are definitely other meaningful methods to show our appreciation for those fighting on the frontline to keep Singapore safe from Covid-19. Here are some simple yet useful ways to thank them. 

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Stay home
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Stay home

The most basic but important advice for anyone is to stay home, especially with the latest "circuit breaker" measures announced by PM Lee last Friday. As our healthcare workers are sacrificing time with their loved ones and putting their own health at risk, it's key that we play our part by reducing community transmission as much as we can. Be sure to only leave your home for grocery runs, to take away food, or for urgent visits to the clinic – always with a mask on. And no, that doesn't mean you can hang out with your friends at home, either. 

For an in-depth list of the essential services that remain open, visit the official site here

Hawker meals
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Sponsor a meal

A little goes a long way when it comes to showing support for those on the frontline. Gift a meal to our healthcare heroes on hawker food delivery platform WhyQ for just $4 a meal. You can choose to gift one, five, ten or fifty meals, depending on what you can afford. As of now, WhyQ has successfully delivered over 850 meals to Singapore General Hospital, Changi General Hospital, and others. 

 

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Words of encouragement

With upsetting news coming at us every time we log into social media, positive words are needed now more than ever. Pen handwritten notes and post them on Instagram with the hashtag #braveheartsg or post photos of uplifting art with the hashtag #sgartforhcw. But hey, it doesn't even have to be overt displays of appreciation. Reach out to a friend, relative or acquaintance working on the frontline and thank them for their hard work. If anything, this reminds them that what they are doing is significant. We could all use a little reassurance sometimes. 

 

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