‘4 Angels’ to the Rescue
A little help from SITizens births new bursary for Occupational Therapy students at SIT
Mr LU Kee Hong had been leading an active lifestyle since 2008, running marathons for around 10 years and cycling regularly. Yet, on 5 January 2021, he was surprised by strong leg cramps, just as he was cycling on the Park Connector Network from Marina Barrage to home at the end of his ride.
He laid on the ground to rest and as luck would have it, other cyclists with just the right skills were there. Occupational Therapy students Ms Yao Xingyi, Ms Lim Xue Jun, Ms Felicia Woo Ying Yi and Ms Anita George from the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) saw Mr LU and stopped to render aid. With some experience in treating athletes, they were able to help stretch both his legs to relieve the pain, while getting him hydrated and sheltered from the sun. Other passersby asked if he needed help too, and Mr LU recovered after 30 minutes. He managed to cycle back home safely.
The four Year-3 students initially declined his request to inform their University. “The young ladies told me they didn’t need any recognition,” said Mr LU. “They only agreed after I explained that news of good deeds makes a difference during this period filled with negative news like COVID-19.”
Mr LU wrote to SIT to praise these “four angels”. Later, he met up with them again to express his thanks once more. Then, after gaining a better understanding of occupational therapy, Mr LU and his wife Ms Chan Haw Ngee decided to make an endowed gift to SIT to establish the 4 Angels and LU Kee Hong Bursary. The Bursary will support Occupational Therapy students at SIT, particularly those who give back through community service.
“4 Angels is part of the bursary name as I think people would be keen to know the story behind the bursary,” Mr LU said. “This bursary didn’t come about because of me; the primary driver was the four students. They are the ones who created this opportunity for me to know more about occupational therapy and contribute to the field.”
Said Ms Lim, “All four of us have different reasons for entering the course, but we’re all glad that we could use our knowledge to help Mr LU in his time of need. This encounter was a reminder of the impact my course mates and I can one day make, to help and guide patients to recover and perform daily activities they would otherwise take for granted.”