On the evening of 10 July 2019, Mr Lester Wong was taking the train home from work when an elderly commuter, Jessie, fell on the train. He, together with other commuters on the train, helped Jessie to a seat. Despite
feeling unwell upon alighting, Jessie insisted on going home instead of going to the hospital. Lester offered to send her home seeing her frail condition. In the station lift, they also met another commuter who offered to accompany both Lester and
The three of them then took a taxi to Jessie’s home, where they found out that Jessie lived alone. As Jessie was still feeling breathless, they managed to persuade her to go to the hospital for a check-up. They then
took a private hire car to the hospital. It was past midnight by the time Lester left, but not before the nurses assured him they would take care of Jessie.
Jessie is very thankful to have met caring commuters like Lester, who have
gone out of their way to help her.
The Caring Commuter Award recognises commuters who have demonstrated acts of care to others in need during their daily commute on public transport.
This is the first time since the inception of National Kindness Award - Transport Gold that an award category is being dedicated to commuters.
The Caring Commuter Award is jointly launched by the Public Transport
Council (PTC) and Singapore Kindness Movement, and is also part of PTC’s Caring SG Commuters movement.