S'poreans join hands to help people weather haze

S'poreans join hands to help people weather haze
Mr Jeremy Chua giving a mask to a Toa Payoh resident who wanted to be known only as Madam Soong, who is in her 60s. Mr Chua and a group of volunteers spent two hours distributing masks in five Housing Board blocks in Toa Payoh Lorong 2 on Thursday night.

SINGAPORE - Amid the haze, groups of people have shown there is a kinder side to Singaporeans.

Several ground-up initiatives to help others have emerged, with one formed on Thursday by Mr Jeremy Chua, a liberal arts student at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, United States.

It is called SG Haze Rescue.

The 25-year-old started a Facebook page calling for people to help and donate their excess masks, almost immediately after seeing the Pollutant Standards Index rise to 321 on Wednesday evening.

Mr Chua, who is back home for the summer holidays, was inspired by community initiatives in the US where people offer shelter to the needy in times of crises.

"The haze is a crisis for us, and Singaporeans should come together not to complain, but to do things for one another," he said.

Within a day of making his call on Facebook, Mr Chua received a donation of 200 masks.

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