Heartware Network was the culmination of my teenage experiences as a police inspector with a calling for the “underdogs” of our community, and as a Singapore Club member later in life when I was working overseas to help fellow Singaporeans in distress. I had begun to believe in rallying young Singaporeans to be stewards of our community.
Inspired by our government’s ‘Singapore 21’ campaign to build greater societal cohesion and former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong’s 1997 National Day Rally Speech to build the “Heartware” of Singapore, I was moved to ignite a movement to create a nation of active citizens who will play the role of informal ambassadors for Singapore. I wanted to gather enough passionate individuals who wish to “do things from the heart”, and persist in their goodwill efforts even after the conclusion of national campaigns such as Kindness Month. I wanted to play my part in building a Singapore with a deeper soul to help others with no strings attached, to encourage humility in our younger generation, and to build sincere friendships with no hidden agenda.
Having observed other high profile charities, I decided to build an unconventional organization that relies not on celebrities touting our name, but fulfills a palpable need to bridge the gaps in our society – a youth charity to jump-start youth volunteerism.
At Heartware Network, we started the slogan “I can be MAD i.e. Make A Difference” alongside our tagline of “If it is not from the heart, it is not worth doing”. We go forth with such attitudes with every project we undertook; we have the fundamental intention to touch the hearts of the youth volunteers. Our projects sought to bring about changes we would like to see in Singapore while avoiding duplication of any work done by existing organisations. This complemented my desire to inspire idealism in the volunteers while jolting them out of their comfort zones
This is what Heartware Network is all about. It is an amplification of our own lives, with all the pimples and flaws, our ups and downs. But one thing is for sure, Heartware Network is REAL, TRANSPARENT, and RESOLUTE in networking both people and organisations to create more positive, and hopefully, lasting changes in shaping our society.