POSTCARD GALLERY

As part of our on-ground and school outreach, we encourage the public, as well as students and teachers in schools, to pen down their own stories of appreciation on postcards. For many, the postcards are a great way to write a personalised heartfelt message to a loved one who has played a part in shaping them. Here are the postcards we have collected over the years that speak of their love, resilience, determination, hopes and dreams.

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Thong Wei
Be Yourself
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Chong Kai
[How to be the best of you] First, know any understand myself. When you know and understand yourself, you will know your advantages and disadvantages. From there, you must find ways to improve. In studies, you can improve by being more determined and set a goal so that you will work hard to achieve it. At home, you can be a more dutiful son/daughter by helping parents to do some household chores to relief their burdens. Therefore, it is all about knowing yourself and improving from there.
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Abner Lim
Don’t compare yourself with others Everyone is individually beautiful in their own way! Never ever give up!!! Find courage and be yourself! Don’t change yourself because others tell you to! Find the courage to express yourself openly in front of others. True friends accept you for who you choose to bend not who they want to be! Face your fears Fears are something that can be overcome and we are the ones in control. We can choose to face our fears and overcome it or continue to be taken control by your own fears. YOU ARE IN CONTROL!
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Dominic Ooi
Hello there ladies and gentlemen out there! Going through life, studying may be a pain. Most of the time it may be you holding yourself back from your fullest potential. Here’s some tips to be the “Best of You” (see what I did there?) Firstly do not procrastinate, complete your work on time. Secondly, persevere and do not, I repeat, DO NOT give up Thirdly, do not belittle yourself, you may be better than your idol if you just try Finally, just be happy, think of the bright side of life, stay positive
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Avina
I learnt that urban poverty is REAL and we should take serious steps and actions to help them. We must remember that everyone is equal and not discriminate anyone or make fun of people’s unfortunate w/o knowing completely. I learnt that it is very important to lend a helping hand to those in need.
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Mark
Urban Poverty -> There is currently a lack of awareness for it -> Can be devastating for Family Relations -> We can HELP by: Raising awareness, sharing food -> Is a real problem affecting many Singaporeans -> Can result in lost opportunities
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Safirah Amanda
I think that urban poverty is something to be taken seriously & more people should be aware of it. If anyone is facing this problem, please reach out to someone. Stay strong, you’ll get through this. <3
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Simone Ngiam
Urban Poverty Is an increasing problem worldwide due to higher standards of living but often overseen in affluent countries. My heart goes out to those afflicted, for they might have to give up future opportunities such as education as well as their interests :( Now that i’ve learnt about urban poverty and understood the severity of the situation, I want to be able to reach out a helping hand to make their lives turn for a better through resources I have. One day, I hope to be able to start a project/movement that will allow those afflicted to have the same opportunities as everyone. IT COSTS NOTHING TO BE KIND, BUT IT CAN MEAN EVERYTHING TO SOMEONE ELSE
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Oh Wan Yi
URBAN POERTY What I learnt: There are many people around us that are suffering. They may not have enough food for all their family. They may be unable to pay the bills and would have their electricity cut. What I Inspire to do: Lend a helping hand to those in need of help. Learn to be grateful of what I have endnote be wasteful.
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Celest Chai
URBAN POVERTY It is also seen in Singapore but Singaporeans do not bother to try helping these people. There are very little efforts to help these people. I feel that we should be more aware of our society and care more for these people especially in Singapore where there are higher cost of living. 1. Volunteer at an organisation to help these people -> Collect donations -> Collecting can food etc. -> Raise awareness 2. Provide free tuition / classes in those estates -> Zumba -> Sports activities 3. Interacting with these people -> Letting people know that they can seek help
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Khoo Kye Wen
To Be THE BEST OF ME… I must be CONFIDENT! Have HIGH SELF-ESTEEM DARE TO DREAM BIG
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Siti Nurriyari
Thinking Open-minded Be willing to accept new things Optimistic Always look on the bright side of things Innovative Find new ways to solve a problem Confident Don’t prioritise others’ opinions, be comfortable in your own skin!
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Ahmad Hassan
Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Do Not Give Up
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Danish
“DON’T GIVE UP!” DO NOT change yourself to fit in, change yourself to stand out! “TRUST YOURSELF”
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Anisha
Be Bold! Be Strong! Be Brave! We will always be there for you!
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Karylle Mordifi
When watching at the skit, it made me empathise with the actors, as other people are having financial problems that most people does not know. It made me really sad and also reminded me that my family and I are not financially well too.
I realise that I should work more harder for my family and get more rewards and make them proud. Now that they are growing more older, I would like to help out by studying hard and get more money. I also want to thank the government for providing us the FAS scheme and my friends who are always there when I needed help (like to lend money). “Our social status does not define our potential to achieve our goals” Don’t give up! If others could do it so can you! You can definitely achieve anything you want
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Christina
Stay Strong
Stay Positive Stay Kind Yea You DON’T GIVE UP!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!! Stay Kind & Caring
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Christian Glenn
To those struggling with Urban Poverty, I’m afraid that I cannot provide much material support but here’s a postcard! You can’t exactly choose who you were born as, so don’t demoralise or belittle yourself due to your circumstances. Instead, try to look towards and forge ahead through your own effort and work. Embrace new ideas and find your place in the world. Treasure your family and any good friends you make as they will be the ones that shall support you through a lot of obstacles. Right, I think that’s all. All I currently can offer is sympathy towards your situation and pray that you can live and prosper in this world. Good luck and persevere.
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Dara
They don’t have to feel alone or ashamed of who they are or their background, especially their financial situation. What’s more important is what’s in the inside :) Having a good heart & personality is the most important thing that makes you, you.
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Tammie Yeo
We should get to know them better and help them create tighter bonds between schoolmates. <3 <3 We should help them to be more open with their feelings so that we will know, which are the areas that we can help out! :)
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Isaac Ong
I’ve been aware of the Urban Poverty situation in Singapore from short clips on the television and social media posts, but I didn’t know how it was like fully and now that I understand what mostly goes on in such families, my heart aches in the form of sympathy. It has been a moral value in me to help an individual out if I am able to, be it a stranger or a close friend. So I would be willing to be of at least a little assistance to families facing urban poverty and I would start with those living in the same flat. Honestly, I would try not to be recognised as I believe the act of kindness is more important than having a social status. I wouldn’t want them to feel bad too and that they would try to repay me. I would share food from previous cooking if there is enough to spare, leaving a note to state reasons for doing so with well wishes. :D I also wouldn’t mind making it a point to spend a few dollars a day to buy supplies if it helps them get through the day :> Best wishes!! :D
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Giorno Giovanna
Honestly, there’s nothing much I could do as I also need to stand my ground as well BUT I could provide some moral support whenever they are facing a pretty difficult time such as bills for school and exams. If possible I could gift them some money if I start part-time working. Nonetheless, I can only pray they find some sort of miracle even if they may not exist.
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Wong Wai Cheng
If I see someone whois struggling to make ends meet, I will definitely give them support. As a student, I don’t have an income and will need to give my support in another way. I would like them to know that I am there for them, whether they need help physically or just a listening ear to share about the challenge they are facing. You are not alone! We love you and will help you if you need it. :) Lots of love!
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Stella
When you Focus
on the Good, The Good gets BETTER :)
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Yap Yu Xuan
Stop letting other people DEFINE YOU Be yourself and BE PROUD OF IT Heyy don't be sad about being you, because you are a great person just the way you are The only thing that will make you HAPPY is being with who YOU ARE - Goldie Hawn You were born an original Don’t die a copy - John Mason
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Kee Qian Rou
What brings out the best of me is TAEKWONDO Ever since I joined Taekwondo, my life changed completely. I was exposed to martial arts for the first time in 2015 where I went through vigorous activities and strict exams, not forgetting the patterns we had to do. I was promoted from white belt to red belt in 2017, when I quit die to personal reasons. I never regretted joining martial arts as it taught me life skills and morals.
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Lin Hai Lua
Speak yourself -> Remember, let’s face all the fears and problems together. -> Don’t shut yourself away form the rest of the world. You are unique and worthy. -> Hi there, don’t be afraid to voice out, we will always be there to listen to you. -> Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. ~Stephen Hawking~ View things from a positive light, then you will be able to find happiness.
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William Reinhard Bonan
Urban poverty may ring a bell and sound familiar to us in this modern world. However, certain people do not believe its existence within Singapore. In my perspective, I do believe that there are many of our brothers and sisters who are in desperate need for help. Sadly, we - especially the millennials - tend to ignore what is happening around us and only care for our well-beings. We - as part of the future - must open out hearts so that we remain inclusive to the people around us. Even the smallest of acts can contribute in making the world a better place.
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Jaslin Soh
COMPARE With yourself Not others
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Clovis
Bring out the best in you “everything you want is on the other side of F . E . A . R” - 克罗逼斯
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Aishwarya
We should always be positive towards our friends and we must have time to understand what they are going through and give them a helping hand so they can be confident and they can feel better :) “We rise by lifting others” - Robert Ingersoll
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Georgia Lim Rui Ai
It doesn’t matter what others are doing. It matters what YOU are doing.Your story is unique & so different… & NOT worthy of comparison. Compare yourself to yourself, It’ll help you improve :) You’ll be the best Version of yourself :)
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Noor Allyyah
“It’s not nice to pick on someone WEAKER than you.” ~Sailor Jupiter~
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Shallini
HOW TO BE THE BEST OF YOU? SPEAK YOURSELF! By SPEAKING YOURSELF, you’d be able to voice out opinions and be a big part in contributing to the society and help those who need help; those suffering under Urban Poverty.
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Haris
All my life I’ve had social anxiety disorder. I’m too afraid to do anything without any of my close friends with me, and making friends was already difficult. But these years in Secondary School have helped me to step out of my isolated box and start to be more open-minded.
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Chloe
Hey there! Cheer up! Things may be hard sometimes but just know that you can get through this :) we all know how strong you are, things will turn for the better and just smile it makes everything better!
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Yishun Town Secondary School
To those experiencing Urban Poverty: It is not embarrassing to receive help from others. It is also not embarrassing to let others know of your situation. Make some friends that you can talk to and you may feel better. If you feel bad to receive things, you can politely reject them or do something for them in return. Study well and you can get a good job, but do not forget about your own passion. Enjoy your hobbies while studying. You can do it! Jiayou!
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Yishun Town Secondary School
Hey everyone! I’m superabbit! Whenever you are discouraged or down, think about happy memories. The pouch on my belly is magical! I will give you courage whenever you are scared! Remember! Everyone will be able to help and contribute love and happiness to each other.
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