Participants at the Wheels@Ubin event last Friday (2 Mar) experienced a new twist to first and last mile connectivity when SMRT taxi partners picked them up from their homes and brought them safely to Changi Sailing Club, where they were then ferried to Pulau Ubin aboard a Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) landing craft. They were then ferried to the RSN Museum at Changi Naval Base. From their door-step right to Ubin and back, Wheels@Ubin participants who relied on mobility aids were in safe hands.
First-time volunteer Lee Kuan Yee said, “This is a good initiative and I am glad to be part of this meaningful event.” His assigned beneficiary, Tan Bee Lian, was at Pulau Ubin for the first time. The 50-year-old, who has congenital cerebral palsy since birth, thoroughly enjoyed her day, “I had a fun and exciting day, and I’m very happy with the transport arrangements.”
Another first-timer to Pulau Ubin is Jurani Bin Basri. The 52-year old who had a stroke six years ago said, “I was excited to be outdoors. This event is also a great platform for me to meet and make friends.” His accompanying taxi driver, Sim Hee Hock, said: “This is my second time volunteering for this event. It was a heartwarming experience to provide assistance to passengers with mobility needs.”
Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, SMRT President and Group CEO, Mr Desmond Kuek, and SMRT Taxis & Private Hire Services Managing Director, Mr Tony Heng lent their support for the event. Mr Kuek said: “Last year, as part of SMRT’s 30th Anniversary, we set up the $30 million Gift of Mobility Fund to better the lives of the needy and those with special needs. Today, we are delighted to support this meaningful project to provide Wheels@Ubin beneficiaries with greater mobility. It is heartening to see many of our Taxi partners volunteering their time to support the event. Quite a few of our partners have even taken time off from driving to spend the day with these beneficiaries. This is the spirit of SMRT’s vision of ‘Moving People, Enhancing Lives.”
Wheels@Ubin is a community project founded by Dennis Quek and Wilson Ang in 2015, which aims to raise awareness of accessibility in Singapore.