Sweet words are good for the soul
Truly, a gentle and kind words are sweet as honey and good for the souls.
Over 500 heart-warming messages from Scouts and non-Scouts from Bangladesh, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, The General Association of the Scouts of China and the United States sent their well-wishes to the health workers of Singapore.
These messages were printed and presented as hand-made cards to the medical workers of the Singapore General Hospital in a ceremony attended by Singapore President Halimah Yacob.
In her Facebook post, President Halimah said that the cards may be a small gesture, "but it speaks volumes about our caring society".
Zachy, a 6-year-old Scout, wrote his thank-you note, and added extra care by placing $7 of his pocket money in the envelope, urging the recipient to take a break and have a coffee. Small act, but extraordinary. Zachy, was one of the 18,000 Scouts and Girl Guides who took part in the initiative.
The idea was initiated by Melinda Murphy Hiemstra, leader of a USA Girl Scouts Overseas (Singapore) Troop, Troop 82, who was inspired by the sacrifices being done by the health workers in combatting the virus. It was picked-up and supported by the Singapore Scout Association, Community Chest and Girl Guides Singapore.
The hospital staff received the letters on 1 March 2020 in a small ceremony at the campus overseen by President Halimah Yacob, who had earlier toured the hospital to speak with front-line staff.
Professor Kenneth Kwek, deputy group chief executive of SingHealth (organisational transformation and informatics), and was once a scout, said front-line workers have been very touched by the support they have received from society.
Professor Kwek admitted that the Scout motto of "Be Prepared" is pertinent in this pandemic.
"I think to a certain degree, we are all Scouts, because we're always prepared."
Moreover, The Singapore Scout Association Chief Commissioner Antong S Rahmat invited Cubs and Scouts to join and inspire others with their stories of #ScoutingFromHome – from doing indoor activities with their family or convening virtually with their peers.
Although Scouts love the outdoors, he believed that Scouting spirit will never wane in being creative, and can explore different ways of learning new skills.