S'poreans who help others cope with the haze

S'poreans who help others cope with the haze

SINGAPORE

UNDERGRADUATE JEREMY CHUA

Call for aid rallies those near and far

Undergraduate Jeremy Chua, 25, expected to get a tan when he returned home on a break from his American university. Instead, he landed smack in the middle of the haze.

In a matter of days, he set up the SG Haze Rescue page on Facebook, which brought together Singaporeans willing to help give out masks, educate the public or even open their homes to provide respite from the haze.

Launched on June 20, the site was soon getting 300,000 hits a week. Even Singaporeans staying overseas wanted to help.

"There was a Singaporean living in Hong Kong who immediately ordered 250 masks and shipped them over to us for distribution when she heard about the mask shortage here," said Mr Chua, who is in his final year at Vanderbilt University.

As the haze subsides, he hopes to turn SG Haze Rescue into a general response system when other crises arise, and not just in Singapore.

"We're currently looking at expanding this project on a regional scale for other countries in the hope that we'll be able to form a giant network."

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