'When people help me, I help back'

'When people help me, I help back'
Up for grabs: 5000 copies of TNP and OWL coffee gift boxes were given out during the OWL-TNP charity drive on Monday

Madam Ceciria Lye, 51, has always believed in putting others before herself.

She was making her way to work on Monday morning when she saw a line forming outside Raffles Place MRT station.

When a friend told her that it was for charity, Madam Lye reached for her purse and joined the line for the OWL-TNP charity drive.

The drive, which gives away a box of OWL coffee and a copy of The New Paper in return for donations, is a joint-project by TNP, Lions Befrienders Service Association and Ngee Ann Polytechnic that aims to help the needy elderly.

Slotting a two-dollar note into the donation box, Madam Lye said she felt a sense of fulfilment.

"I will help those who are in need whenever I can," said Madam Lye, who declined to be photographed.


"People have helped me before in life so in a way of return, I must give back to society as well."

Madam Lye, who works as a janitor at One Fullerton, said she has a soft spot for helping the elderly after caring for her 84-year-old mother-in-law.

She regularly visits her mother-in-law who has difficulty speaking and walking and cooks her favourite dish, chicken and vegetable curry, on the weekends.

Madam Lye wasn't the only one who was eager to do their part for charity.

People had started to queue up about half an hour before the giveaway's scheduled 11.30am start time.

People were encouraged to give any amount they wished into the donation box before collecting their freebies.

Miss Nicole Kwa, 30, who works as a product developer said: "It's a good idea to have such a charity drive here as it can reach out to the busy working people."

The charity drive saw 5,000 copies of TNP and OWL coffee gift boxes given out by 3pm.

OWL's general marketing manager Sherie Koh said: "The response was very good this year as we manage to clear out everything in time. We are really happy with the results."

One lucky donor will also stand to win a lifetime supply of OWL Coffee, and 57 meals from OWL Cafe.


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