Foo Xunyu
CorrosionTech Corporation (Asia Pacific) Pte. Ltd.
Friends of the Disabled Society
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Who are you? Tell us a bit more about yourself!

I was a capital markets lawyer till just recently, and I’m taking a break from law as I prepare for a new adventure away from home. In the interim, I am advising on legal matters in my family’s business. In my pockets of free time, I dabble in ballet, bowling, yoga, and start on more books than I can finish. I generally have a good sense of direction unless I am in a museum and I have an embarrassing weakness for pandas.

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

The unexpected loss of my father in 2010 dealt my close-knit family a big blow. It took us a couple of years to adjust to the absence of my father in our lives, and those weren’t easy years. We’ve since learnt to cope, and have found my father’s presence in our lives in other aspects – in the friends that he left for us, the wisdom and life lessons he quietly taught, and his recipe for homemade Teh-C that is so uniquely our family’s (I would also like to think that this homemade Teh-C is life-changing).

Why 50for50 and why now?

And why not? There can never be a better time for giving. My husband and I will also be relocating shortly, and we felt it would be meaningful to give a little back to society before we go.

What gets you up in the morning?

My husband’s eclectic selection of morning alarms. We are currently waking to the music of U2.

Why this cause out of so many causes?

My parents have good friends who are physically disabled. These are friends that my parents met while together at university, and with whom they did much volunteer work. My sister and I had the fortune of getting to know these family friends as we were growing up, and they remain a significant part of our family’s network. Although my father is no longer with us, I hope to continue supporting a cause that was important to him and to my family.

Any experiences with charity or non-profit work before?

While I was studying in London, I volunteered regularly as a cook and server with a soup kitchen that provided meals to the homeless. That experience was extremely rewarding and definitely helped with my kitchen creativity. I’ve also discovered the joy of volunteering beyond my local community, and have gone on mission trips to Vietnam, Ladakh and Myanmar in recent years. The trip to Vietnam was to help build a school, while the trips to Ladakh and Myanmar were to assist in medical missions. All three trips were equally humbling and eye-opening.

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

Let’s start with the small steps. Just being able to bring awareness to a smaller, less publicized charity through this initiative would be a big boost for such a charity itself. Beyond that, it would be nice to shift any perception that younger folks care less about giving back to society. A bonus would be being able to inspire others to build a warm friendship with our disabled friends.

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

Bringing people together is always a good thing, and what better way to bring people together than over a charitable cause. In the works is a charity wine-tasting event, where people can gather, mingle over a tipple and hopefully open their hearts and pockets to helping disabled members of our society. If there’s any reason to turn a do into a fundraising event, it will happen! As I will be heading off to a different city soon, I hope to reach out to fellow Singaporeans in our new community to give back to society at home.