5 Highlights of MWS35


1. A young girl stole the thunder with her voice

Lauren Yeo is just 12. But she has already had a sell-out solo concert at the Esplanade, won the OKTO One Minute of Fame TV talent contest, and the first Singaporean to win the American Protégé International Vocal Competition. The young member of Wesley Methodist Church took our breaths away with her rendition of “To Believe” and “How Great Thou Art”.


2. Minister Tan Chuan-Jin was once a naughty boy

The Brigadier-General and Minister for Family and Social Development caught up with his former vice-principal Mr Peter Joe Chia, who pushed for the formation of MWS. He revealed that he was once caned by Mr Chia for handing in poorly done homework when he was in primary 3. Perhaps it was this spanking that pushed the Minister to excel in his studies. If so, many of our beneficiaries have Mr Chia’s spank to thank!


3. It was a big party

More than 600 donors, volunteers, Methodist church leaders, social service partners came to the MWS 35th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner at Shangri-La, which was donated by Mr and Mrs Jackson Tay of JT Global Pte Ltd.


4. Low-income families will receive more help through a new programme

MWS launched a new programme, the Family Development Programme, to help up to 700 low-income families meet immediate needs and save for a rainy day. This will help them build a cushion for crises, such as sudden low of income or illnesses. Minister Tan learned more about the FDP through an augmented reality app.


5. We are not done yet

MWS serves more than 12,000 beneficiaries a year, and will launch another nursing home and three more senior activity centres, on top of the Family Development Programme, in the near future. As the Patron of MWS, Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup, said, “We are still on the journey. There is much more that we can do.”

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