Since 2015, Dr Adriel has been volunteering at HealthServe as a doctor. During those days, she recalled that the organisation worked in smaller premises. Over time, she has witnessed HealthServe grow to serve a much larger proportion of the migrant worker community and become more successful in its outreach to the public.
Dr Adriel volunteers at HealthServe because she “believe[s] in the mission of HealthServe, in reaching out to communities that are marginalised and those that cannot get medical care timely.”
She describes her experience in HealthServe as one that is interesting and enriching. While helping the migrant brothers, she sometimes get to hear their stories, such as how they are unable to get enough MC days for them to recover fully from their work injuries. These stories fuelled her passion to serve the migrant brothers and also taught her about the gaps in the care migrant brothers receive medically and in other aspects. “I work in the emergency department [at the hospital], and sometimes we may not give the appropriate amount of medical leave as well. [Volunteering in HealthServe has] made me more aware of what migrant workers go through on a daily basis. It’s hard labour, sometimes they do need a long break to recover and go back to work.”
When to asked to share an interesting episode she had with the migrant workers, she told us about how she brought her children to a funfair held by a church for migrant workers in Singapore a few years ago. She and her children helped to man the booths, and over 400 migrant workers went to the funfair. She hopes to ingrain the importance of helping others into the minds of her children at a young age so that they will grow up wanting to give back to society as well.