Causes

Mums volunteer despite hardships

Sincere Hope's founders, Ms Renemarlina Osman (far left) and Madam Normah Ahmid. The group started as an unofficial initiative but came together officially last September. Volunteers unpacking and organising the food to be distributed to beneficiarie
Sincere Hope's founders, Ms Renemarlina Osman (left) and Madam Normah Ahmid. The group started as an unofficial initiative but came together officially last September.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
Sincere Hope's founders, Ms Renemarlina Osman (far left) and Madam Normah Ahmid. The group started as an unofficial initiative but came together officially last September. Volunteers unpacking and organising the food to be distributed to beneficiarie
Volunteers unpacking and organising the food to be distributed to beneficiaries. The group does not receive government support and relies purely on sponsors. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
Sincere Hope's founders, Ms Renemarlina Osman (far left) and Madam Normah Ahmid. The group started as an unofficial initiative but came together officially last September. Volunteers unpacking and organising the food to be distributed to beneficiarie
Beneficiaries line up to get their food. Around 100 families benefit from Sincere Hope's activities. They are mostly families with many children, single-parent families and the elderly.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

In fast-paced Singapore, there are those in need - and those who go out of their way to meet those needs. This is part of a series on noteworthy causes The Straits Times is spotlighting.

It is a lazy Sunday afternoon. A group of women trade gossip at the bottom of an HDB block as their children play with soccer balls and plastic scooters when, suddenly, a van pulls up and everyone springs INto action.

"Food's here," yells one of the women and at once, the cheerful makciks are transformed into a well-oiled machine of committed volunteers. A line quickly forms at the van's door and cartons of food are swiftly unloaded and passed along the chain.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2018, with the headline 'Mums volunteer despite hardships'. Print Edition | Subscribe