Daniel Lin
Executive Director / Viking Offshore & Marine Ltd
All Saints Home
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Who are you? Tell us a bit more about yourself!

I’m Daniel Lin, 31 years old and a father of three. I was pretty much a science student in school but eventually decided to read law in the United Kingdom. After graduation, I came back to Singapore to work as an assistant to the CEO of a listed company. I moved to a Corporate Finance firm two years later and spent the next five years working in financial services. More recently I moved to an offshore and marine company listed in Singapore. Some may say that I’m a rather confused person! I love the diversity of my work but I love my family even more. I have a beautiful wife that has given me three handsome boys in the past 4 years. I am generally tired but I’m happy and very contented.

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

The first year of my eldest son’s life was a life-changing event. I very quickly learnt the meaning of unconditional sacrifice and love. No amount of advice can prepare a person for parenthood. I had to not only care for a helpless baby who depended on my wife and I for EVERYTHING but also ensure my wife is consistently showered with love and attention. I had to constantly remind myself that my priority is my wife first then my kids.

Why 50for50 and why now?

50for50 is not just a fund-raising initiative with a cool title. It is symbolic of the younger generation taking responsibility for our country. We have come to a point in our lives where we respond to a need by taking ownership. We are young but not that young and we are capable of responsibility. The year of jubilee for Singapore is a timely moment to make this transition from one generation to the next.

What gets you up in the morning?

I am constantly thinking ‘how do I make a meaningful impact in all areas of my life?’ My kids at home are growing up too fast and they look to my wife and I as an example. I need to be very intentional about passing on good principles and values to them. I need to make time for them so that I know what troubles them and what makes them happy. The challenge is equally tough at work where it is so easy to conform to the regular Singaporean mindset of striving for the 5Cs. I want to build a culture in the work place that promotes good work-life balance and a strong emphasis on family. With friends I hope to be able to share experiences about being a father of three and encouraging them to start families early. The family unit is the bedrock of society. If the foundation is strong, the nation will prosper.

Why this cause out of so many causes?

I have a heart for the helpless and disadvantaged. The very young and very old are groups of people that tend to fall through the cracks because they can’t respond to help on their own even if they wanted it. I am hoping that my involvement with All Saints Home will encourage more volunteers to spend time with the elderly. At their age, companionship is more important than any medicine available.

Any experiences with charity or non-profit work before?

I have been involved in a few fund-raising events but I focus on activating the younger generation by intentionally approaching them with a view of getting them involved in that particular cause. I have spent some time working with an Australian family who moved to Laos to teach them the English language and help them grow their agricultural business. Most of my work with them involves helping them to manage their cash flow and financial statements and raising money for them from time to time. At church I spent a few years training the youth music team in musicianship and team dynamics.

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

I am hoping the encourage like-minded young adults to invest in other young adults. The only way to be impactful is to invest in the multiplier effect of influencing people who can influence others. I am hoping the change happens in a more systematic way that is sustainable instead of ad hoc events.

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

The family has the primary responsibility to look after the elderly members of the family. I am looking for 5 parent/children pairs who work in family businesses to donate $5,000 each. The pairs should be examples of children who have close relationships with their parents. I am intentionally choosing families from different industries so that the message will reach a wider audience. I have also shortlisted a few larger corporations run by families to donate $25,000 for this cause. If the family looks after its members, fewer people will need to be in nursing homes.