“It sounds cheesy but HealthServe has really impacted me and changed my life– not only the [migrant] brothers’ life stories, the camaraderie they share, their willingness to help, but also the spirit of the HealthServe leaders, staff, interns and volunteers.” – Tammy, a 20 year old intern, volunteer and donor at HealthServe
Growing up, Tammy had little personal interactions with the migrant community and her perceptions of them were largely based on prejudiced stereotypes she heard. Inspired by how Dr Goh has utilised his privileges to help others, Tammy joined HealthServe as a medical intern at the start of 2020 and has also continued her journey with us as a volunteer for our Cruise Engagements Sessions.
Through her interactions and exposure to the community she realised that some of our “migrant friends are actively discriminated against and marginalised”. She firmly believes they are equals just like you and I, and should be treated as such. What she loves about HealthServe is the care we show to the community, “Empathy starts with interactions with the community itself, taking an active step to get to know them rather than just walking by and ignoring their existence.”
In August, Tammy and her friends raised more than $700 for a total of 5 beneficiaries, including HealthServe. @three.lil.bears on Instagram is a non-profit online business set up to raise funds for charitable causes through incorporating their passion of making handmade trinkets such as keychains and earrings with their desire to support social causes.
She hopes to see greater involvement from the migrant friends as volunteers in the future. She believes that “the heart does not have to be jaded no matter how cruel the world may seem, because the heart to help others can change lives and the world.”