Our search for Singaporeans who stepped up during this COVID-19 pandemic brought us next to Vendshare, a Singapore-based company that enables franchisees’ co-ownership of vending machines. Their machines are located in many public, government and private establishments to serve the needs of coffee drinkers.
What is Care with Coffee?
On 18th Feb this year, Mr. Raymond Ng, CEO of VendShare announced the Care with Coffee project. It aims to provide free coffee and beverages to the frontline workers; not just medical staff who are handling patients but also the support staff in the hospitals such as the cleaners and general maintenance staff. He wishes the frontline fighters to know they are not alone in this fight.
This is made possible with partners like Australian Alumni Singapore and Part $2 Project, as well as corporate sponsors like Lendlease, Centurion and Adam Khoo Learning Technologies. Thousands of individuals also step forward to contribute to this cause.
How many cups are made available to date?
To date, close to 21,000 cups of hot beverages are provided via their coffee machines in less than 1.5 months.
Who has benefited so far?
- Singapore General Hospital launched on 28th February 2020 with 9,000 cups
- National University Hospital launched on 18th March 2020 with 6,000 cups
- Sengkang General Hospital launched on 30th March 2020 with 3,000 cups
- KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital launched on 2nd April 2020 with 3,000 cups
VendShare will be reaching out to more hospitals to place their vending machines in the coming weeks.
What is the next phase in Care with Coffee project?
VendShare is employing Singaporeans who need jobs to sustain themselves through this period currently. Their positions include promoting and delivery of coffee to the locations where the machines are not available. Also, it requires Coffee Service Crew to help service the machines around the island. If you know anyone interested, do check out their application via this link. Interviews will be conducted via video conferencing.
How can you contribute?
You can visit this link to contribute to Care with Coffee. The contributions come in pre-selected options of $10, $50, $200 and $500 at $1 per cup. There is also the option to contribute any amount you wish via PayNow. You can even send a personalised message to the frontline workers along with your contribution. Write to [email protected] if you have any further clarifications on sending in your contributions.
We begin to understand that with a small kind act given, a great deal is received. We do not have to do great things, but we can do small things greatly. Share this message with anyone who needs a little love today. Thank you VendShare!