I knew from a young age I wanted to help people and tackle injustice. I studied law, then trained as a solicitor and practiced at a legal charity in London so I could do exactly that. I specialised in housing and welfare benefits, helping the homeless, those at risk of losing their home, and those in unsatisfactory housing conditions.
I realised that helping people wasn’t simple. Most people had a variety of problems that overlapped and it took many teams to provide the support needed. I would regularly work with social workers, mental health or substance abuse practitioners, and those supporting people fleeing domestic violence. It was challenging but rewarding work.
I moved to Singapore in 2014. As a foreigner, I was immediately struck by the spirit of community and kindness of Singaporeans. I will never forget being stuck in the pouring rain with young twins and a car pulling up, the window opening, and a hand reaching out, passing me an umbrella. Trust me, that is not going to happen to you in London.
As a foreigner, you have to open your eyes to see that even within Singapore, on the surface so affluent, there are people in need. I am so excited to be a part of Live On Purpose, so I can not only begin to live a Life on Purpose in Singapore, but also help others to do so.