To combat low spirits, TWC2 takes workers to fly kites high

Posted by on September 29, 2013 in Articles, Happenings

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It was a bright, breezy day with blue skies. Just perfect for kite-flying.

Discover Singapore brought twenty-one workers on 31 August 2013 to the Promontory at Marina Bay, taking advantage of the advertised Kite-Flying Festival. TWC2 volunteers Irene, Emily, Steven and Terence organised and led the group, with friends Kee Wee and Karan joining in.

Discover Singapore is a TWC2 project to take injured and jobless workers out on fun excursions. Struck down by accidents, facing prolonged recuperation and bureaucratic delays in their compensation processes, many risk low spirits. Spending a day out is a great way to prevent depression from settling in.

At a location where many skyscrapers are newly-built, several of the men pointed out ones which they had helped build. Sadly, a few also pointed to where they got injured, leading them to their present unemployed status.

The afternoon began with goodie bags and a kite-making workshop; they made their own kites.

There were also several performers at the bay — jugglers, magic shows, human statues — and the guys couldn’t help but whip out their phone cameras to pose with them.

As evening fell, dinner (chicken rice) was bought, but the group also made their own salad with freshly-bought ingredients.

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TWC2 is an organization that is dedicated to assisting low-wage migrant workers when they are in difficulty. We are motivated by a sense of fairness and humanity, though our caseload often exceeds our
means.

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