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Kindness from strangers made my day

Acts of generosity - of spirit or money - help bind individuals into a cohesive society

Published on May 11, 2014 7:55 AM

It was late morning and I had boarded bus No. 73 for my daily commute to the office. I tapped my ez-link card on the reader and discovered to my surprise that there was not enough money stored in it to cover my fare.

I dug into my wallet, only to find I had neither coins nor $2 notes.

As the bus trundled on, I stumbled along the aisle asking fellow passengers if they could help me break a $10 note. None could.

Just as I was about to give up and pay $10 for the short ride from Serangoon Gardens to Toa Payoh, two people sprang up and offered to pay my fare for me.

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Background story

Building bonds

What would help build the solidarity that this society needs to thrive? Shared public spaces are a good starting point; parks, hawker centres, and buses and trains are where Singaporeans come face to face with one another. People also need opportunities to interact, to work and play together, to discover what they can do together that they cannot do alone.