Migrants workers are cleaning Pasir Ris beach for free & you can buy them lunch

These workers are not able to work in the meantime due to salary disputes or injuries.

Tanya Ong | October 17, 2018 @ 12:54 pm

Many migrant workers have a part to play in cleaning up Singapore’s beaches.

And while many of them are paid to do so, a group of them are doing it for free.

Volunteered to clean Pasir Ris beach

In a Facebook post by Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), a non-profit organisation that promotes equitable treatment for migrant workers, about 10 migrant workers have volunteered to help clean up the beach at Pasir Ris Park.

Photo via TWC2’s Facebook post.

According to TWC2’s post, these workers are mostly from Bangladesh and are unable to work in the meantime due to variety of reasons — It could be because of work injuries, or they could be awaiting resolution of salary disputes.

Despite being without income, these migrant workers approached TWC2 with the idea to clean up the beach since they had time and energy to spare.

This worker-led initiative is done on Saturdays with the approval of NParks.

Reward these foreign workers

TWC2 mentions that these foreign workers do not expect anything in return from this initiative.

However, the organisation hopes that members of the public will “reward the workers with an equally kind gesture” by treating them to a buffet meal organised by TWC2.

The event, called “Lunch for the Heart 2018”, is an annual fund-raising event for the organisation that will go towards helping TWC2’s efforts in feeding workers, covering emergency medical bills and providing assistance to them.

As part of International Migrants Day in December, the event will take place on December 16, 2018.

It will be held at the Singapore Khalsa Association from 11am to 3pm, and the food will be provided by Moghul Mahal Restaurant.

Here are some pictures from the event in 2015:

Lunch With Heart 2015. Photo by TWC2, via Giving.sg.
Photo by TWC2, via Giving.sg.

Members of the public can buy tickets at S$80 for workers to attend the lunch. They can also purchase a ticket for themselves to go for the lunch at S$75.

At the time of writing, they have raised over S$3,960 out of the S$24,000 goal.

You can get tickets here.

This is TWC2’s Facebook post:

Top photo composite image via TWC2 and screenshot from Google Earth.

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