Alex Fang
Banker @ Credit Suisse
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Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)
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Who are you? Tell us a bit more about yourself!

People who know me best say that I’m a HUGE NERD (or N3RD). If you would like to discuss whether Walter White was one of the most tragic characters on TV, the amount of hours I clocked on Final Fantasy, or the intricacies of how all the Marvel movies are connected to each other, I’m your man / man-child. I can appreciate almost every music genre except for heavy metal and weird chanting. I want to see U2, Radiohead, Daft Punk (without their helmets on), and Naked & Famous perform live before I kick the bucket. Oh, and my two favourite foods are burgers and chwee kueh (best one is from Tiong Bahru Food Centre, as I’ve recently discovered).

What’s your story? Tell us about a life-changing incident.

My life-changing event was when my father passed away when I was 5 years old. Being in this single-parent family structure from such a young age made me constantly condition myself to not take the rest of my family for granted and to be as close to their lives as possible. Wanting to be in their lives has been as easy as pie though, having being blessed with an amazing mother and awesome sister.

Why 50for50 and why now?

My friend is one of the organizers for 50for50, and he presented this initiative to me as he thought I might be a good fit. I read more about the premise and realized that this would be a great opportunity to not only help others, but also help myself get into the spirit of charity. A few opportunities come by to potentially change the makeup of your character for the better, and this seems to be one of them.

What gets you up in the morning?

My mother knocking on my door in increasingly shorter intervals and louder knocks…seriously though, I am not a morning person.

Why this cause out of so many causes?

The Intellectually Disabled are a group of people who I feel are less visible in the eyes of the public and hence given less prominence and appropriate help.

MINDS reaches out to these Intellectually Disabled, especially those in the lower socio-economic groups, as these families are generally unable to cope with managing such individuals. Through special education and teaching them a set of very basic vocational skills, these Intellectually Disabled can and will be able live relatively normal lives together with their families. As mentioned above, coming from a single-parent family unit, I want these individuals to feel the warmth and stability of being in an integrated family unit.

Several of the programmes and educational initiatives at MINDS have very favourable outcomes. Many of Intellectually Disabled have found appropriate employment after their training and are leading relatively normal lives with their families.

As a maturing society and nation, we should be more inclusive and all-embracing of our people, irrespective of their background, abilities (or lack of) and create opportunities to give them a chance of integrating themselves into their families, society and nation. MINDS is an organization that is trying to play this role so that we can become a more compassionate and caring society, and hence, I find this a most worth worthy charitable organization to support.

Any experiences with charity or non-profit work before?

When I was schooling in the UK, I volunteered in this organization called Mustard Tree, which aims to provide food, heavily subsidized goods and courses to the impoverished, homeless and even asylum seekers. Specifically, I volunteered in their Charity Shops and soup runs.

What kind of change are you looking to bring about as a changemaker?

I would like to see a real and tangible change of seeing the individual lives of the Intellectually Disabled be changed by successfully reintegrating them back into their families, as well as providing them the vocational work skills needed to be independent and contributing members of society. To me, being a changemaker means seeing intimate and personal milestones being reached by each of the Intellectually Disabled.

What is your big idea on how to raise funds for 50for50?

In progress