Dipti Julka – 2020 SG Silent Hero
29 November 2020 • 4 mins read
Compassionate Foreigner Category Winner – 2020
Nominated by: – Sherry Soon
Dipti was a volunteer at Cause Corps Singapore snce 2016 and became the co-lead of this volunteering group, together with Sherry Soon (nominator). They had 2-3 volunteering activities every month, including drawing mental wellness coloring sheets, knitting baby beanies and visiting the elderly at Lee Ah Mooi Nursing Home.
When Sherry formed her groundup movement, Be Kind SG, Dipti immediately volunteered to step up to be a core team member. She helps to run #CraftforGood sessions once monthly, where volunteers gather to draw mental wellness coloring sheets for the residents of the welfare homes. and has now even started a Social Distancing edition, where volunteers draw at home, she does the checking and sends them to both Moral Welfare Home and THK Home for Disabled @ Sembawang.
Dipti has been a very regular volunteer at all of Be Kind SG activities it started in mid-2017, such as engaging and visiting residents of both Moral Welfare Home and THK Home for Disabled @ Sembawang once monthly and bringing the residents for outings. She has also been involved as a volunteer in Be Kind SG’s collaborations with National Kidney Foundation, Singapore Prison Service and others. Dipti also regularly volunteers at BE Kind SG’s appreciation activities, such as appreciation of nurses at Institute of Mental Health, appreciation of foreign healthcare staff at Moral Welfare Home and THK Home for Disabled @ Sembawang.
During this COVID-19 period, she has made hundreds of appreciation cards for staff of TTSH and NCID, MINDS staff, THK Home for Disabled @ Chai Chee, Eunos and Sembawang and Nurses’ Day cards for MWH and THK Sembawang, and also volunteered in Singapore Kindness Movement’s Overcome as One Movement to get the members of public to fold and write appreciation origami heart notes for MRT station staff and cleaners.
Outside of Be Kind SG, Dipti also volunteers with another group, Twinkle Hearts. She joins them at Renci Novena for monthly birthday celebrations with the patients there. She also brings some of the patients out in their wheelchairs for outings. Dipti also joined a volunteering group, Social Vibes, in their month volunteering with the elderly at St. Andrew Cathedral in Clementi.
Since coming to Singapore in 2016, Dipti has been volunteering. As a foreigner and not knowing anyone here, she went beyond her comfort zone to volunteer at various groups and organizations – doing these acts quietly and rooted in her belief of giving back. The various beneficiaries have benefited from Dipti’s acts of kindness in showing care and concern for them. Despite the language barrier, she is able to communicate effectively via smiles and gestures. This has also inspired other volunteers to follow in her footsteps.
Dipti Julka was nominated for the “Compassionate Foreigner” Category for the SSH Awards 2020. She was the selected winner and received award on later timeline since she wasn’t able to make it to the award ceremony held on 21st November 2020 at Shangri-La Hotel.
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Other 2020 Silent Heroes
Recognising humanity with an award that expresses gratitude of our society for their kindness towards fellow individuals, families, community and environment. Through this award, we look forward to inspiring more to become Silent Heroes. Someday soon, everyone shall be a Silent Hero, not only in Singapore but globally.