Actress Rui En and fans send care packages to frontline healthcare workers

Actress Rui En and fans send care packages to frontline healthcare workers

"We can allow fear to hold us hostage, resulting in ungracious behaviour towards front line health workers," said the actress, "or we can choose to lift them up as heroes".

Singaporean actress Rui En
(Photo: RBKD)

Singaporean actress Rui En leads by example in showing healthcare workers that we care. “I learnt awhile ago that I can't control the things that happen to me in life, but I can control my reaction to it,” she said in a post on Instagram on Friday (Feb 21).

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Message from Rui En: I learnt awhile ago that I can't control the things that happen to me in life, but I can control my reaction to it. I can choose to be paralysed by fear and anxiety about getting a virus, locking myself at home, or I can take the required precautions and continue life in a safe, measured way. Similarly, we can allow fear to hold us hostage, resulting in ungracious behaviour towards front line health workers, or we can choose to lift them up as heroes and show them how much we appreciate them. The news articles about nurses being shunned on public transport were followed in quick succession by new articles about families sending nurses breakfast, and corporations treating them to a meal, or arranging safe transportation for them. News about diminishing blood bank supplies was met with overwhelming response and crowds at blood donation centres. I read all these articles with tears in my eyes. In a world where distrust, ugliness and hate are pervasive, Singaporeans have triumphed by letting LOVE have the last laugh. Me and RBKD sent these care packages to the front line health workers and cleaners because we wanted them to know that they are loved as heroes. For helping me put together this initiative seemingly overnight, thank you Xinyi. All the RBKD members who packed the care packages over 2 long sessions, I really appreciate you. My gor (who wrote a 100 notes in Chinese), his group of friends, and members who did handwritten notes for the health workers. The friends and fans who donated funds when they could not afford the time. The sponsors who came in so generously with items. — #RuiEn #LorealParisSG #kyusokujikan #lioncorp @pocarisg @megrhythmsg @lushsingapore #rbkd #SGUnited #SingaporeTogether #braveheartsg @sghseen @ttshnursing @tantocksenghospital #ncid #choosekindness

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Referring to the COVID-19 situation, she continued, “I can choose to be paralysed by fear and anxiety about getting a virus, locking myself at home, or I can take the required precautions and continue life in a safe, measured way.”

Saddened by stories about nurses being shunned on public transport, she then went on to say, “Similarly, we can allow fear to hold us hostage, resulting in ungracious behaviour towards front line health workers, or we can choose to lift them up as heroes and show them how much we appreciate them.”

With the help of her fans RBKD, family and friends, the group put together 2,150 care packages and 3,006 handwritten notes for frontline medical officers from NCID, TTSH and SGH.

The care package includes a hand cream, a bottle of Ion water, a pack of gentle steam eye mask, a pack of cooling gel pad for the legs, a hair mask and an energy bar.

The 39-year-old actress is glad that “Singaporeans have triumphed by letting LOVE have the last laugh.”

She thanked her RBKD team for pulling the initiative off overnight. “Thank you Xinyi. All the RBKD members who packed the care packages over 2 long sessions, I really appreciate you." 

Her family and friends also pitched in. Her brother wrote 100 notes in Mandarin, his friends wrote handwritten notes for the healthcare workers, as well as, friends and sponsors who donated generously. 

Source: CNA/YY

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