Even with the COVID-19 precautions in place, SMOU did not cease reaching out to members. It was the Sunday evening of Singapore’s 55th National Day that SMOU members gathered in their homes to join in at the very first online event in SMOU history! With members’ welfare and social distancing in mind, the family connection event was brought virtually to members in the safe confines of their homes.
The event was hosted through a Facebook Live streaming video, and dinner was delivered to the doorsteps of members’ homes. A bonus option of ‘Mao Shan Wang’ and ‘D13’ durian was also made available for families that might enjoy the tasty ‘king of fruits’.
SMOU General Secretary Mary Liew opened the event by e-greeting members and their families. She encouraged everyone to persevere on even as our society adjusts to the new norm introduced by the pandemic. She also acknowledged the hard work and invaluable contribution of seafarers who have continued to keep the global supply chain moving during the COVID-19 outbreak. Providing a word of assurance, Sister Mary said that SMOU and tripartite partners will continue to be there for them to alleviate the challenges brought about by the pandemic.
The rest of the evening was filled with games of trivia on Singapore and SMOU, and lucky draws where participants stood a chance to win attractive prizes! A live band also sung the night away as families bonded over good food in the comfort and safety of their own homes.
With events taking a different form in this new norm, the first virtual Family Connection celebration felt like a new milestone for SMOU and its members. Members can expect to participate in more virtual events within the context of this new norm, as SMOU continue to find new ways to connect with members during these unprecedented times.
We would like to wish everyone a Happy National Day, especially to our seafarers who have been working on board ships to keep the supply chain moving. Let us continue to keep safe and stay healthy even as we adjust our lifestyles for a strong Singapore!
Photo Contest Results:
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Third place – Tim Hiok Ling & Lim Thiam Kwee