Debby Kwong
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Who are you? Tell us a bit more about yourself!

I consider myself to be a fairly introverted character, so being a changemaker is a challenge to myself. Practicing yoga is a transformative process which keeps me calm and balanced. Travelling allows me to get out of my comfort zone, explore new cultures and be amazed by the natural beauty of the world. I also enjoy photography, going to concerts and discovering amazing food.

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

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed travelling, but that’s always been with friends or family. On a recent trip to Sri Lanka, I went to a yoga retreat – no electricity, no hot water, no access to the internet – alone. After what I would call my own “Eat, Pray, Love” experience, I feel extremely blessed to have my family as my support system, and I’m thankful for all the ‘basics’ that are taken for granted in Singapore.

Why 50for50 and why now?

Why not now? I believe I have the tenacity and resources to contribute positively to society and make this project a success.

What gets you up in the morning?

Getting to interact with my adorable nieces. They constantly remind me of the awesomeness of the little things which adults often overlook.

Why this cause out of so many causes?

I’ve had family members diagnosed with illnesses and while it’s always better to be in the comfort of their own homes, it takes an emotional toll on family members who are often not equipped with the knowledge and skills to take care of the patient. Purchasing medical supplies and hiring professional medical care and over a long period of time also bears significant financial strain on the family.

Any experiences with charity or non-profit work before?

I’ve raised funds for Club Rainbow and volunteered with the Singapore Disability Sports Council when I was a teenager.

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

I hope to raise awareness for the Home Nursing Foundation, and raise funds for the organisation to help more individuals and their families.

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

Food has always been a central reason for family and friends to come together in a major way, and much more so now with the explosion of local artisanal food concepts all around this little island. For my fundraising event, Makan Makan at The Sultan, I would like to curate a food pop-up that brings together a selection of local food folk, selling their culinary delights, under one roof, spreading their gourmet magic and supporting my cause to Bring Love Home – this tagline of the Home Nursing Foundation highlights their emphasis on heart in the home.