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Unloved charities seek befrienders who can commit a year

Published on Mar 23, 2013 8:40 AM
 
Volunteer Winnie Choo, a nurse, tenderly befriending a terminally ill 96 year old patient at her home. Singapore has unloved charities that find it tough to draw long-term helpers, even if a recent survey by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre shows that one in three people here volunteer. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Singapore has unloved charities that find it tough to draw long-term helpers, even if a recent survey by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre shows that one in three people here volunteer.

Veteran volunteers say charities serving migrant workers, autistic adults, end-of-life patients and the mentally ill are among those most in need of people who serve regularly, not episodically.

Mr James Wong, chief executive of Life Community Services Society, which uplifts the children of prisoners, says: "These kids have emotional struggles. Their parents are not responsible, and are in and out of prison."

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