On 11 July, a crowdfunding campaign for Pei Shan was started by Rare Disorders Society (Singapore) when her condition started to worsen. In a bid to help her parents - John Teo (57) and Florence Chew (47) - "buy time" so that John, who drives a London Cab, can stop work for a period to focus on spending quality time with Pei Shan, the funding was intended to help defray inevitable expenses. These include daily rental charges of John's taxi which continue to be incurred regardless of the taxi's usage, daily living and medical expenses. As Pei Shan was in a delicate condition, the funding campaign had also hoped to raise as much financial help as possible to cover any other major expenses should the inevitable happen. Response and support from the public was overwhelming. Giving.sg, the crowdfunding platform that was supporting the campaign, was also moved to pledge a dollar to dollar matching contribution for the total sum of monies raised.
However, just barely a week into fundraising, Pei Shan passed on.
A total of $26,250 was raised via Giving.sg from kind members of the public. This sum is before the dollar to dollar matching contribution pledged by Giving.sg. To-date, a cheque of $26,250 had been issued by Rare Disorders Society (Singapore) and presented to Pei Shan's parents by Ms Tay Swee Hwee, treasurer (RDSS). RDSS is currently awaiting to receive the matching sum of monies from Giving.sg before a second cheque can be issued to the couple.
This week, Special Seeds met up with John and Florence, to have a chat with them and learn about their future plans.
"We would like to thank RDSS for starting the crowdfunding for Pei Shan. At our greatest time of need, we are deeply touched by the loving kindness and support the public donors have shown towards Pei Shan and us," said John. "With the help of donations via Giving.sg and also from our friends, our daily expenses and bills were taken care of during Pei Shan's hospital stay in the ICU and High Dependency (HD) ward for 15 days, and also after she passed on. Donations also helped to offset expenses relating to the wake and crematorium services. Being able to settle my daily taxi rental expenses not only allowed me to have time with Pei Shan, but also allowed me time to grieve when she passed on. We are indebted to the public's kindness and that of friends and family who have come forward to support us."
Today, John continues to drive his London cab.
Pei Shan's greatest wish had been to perform in Korea together with Beautiful Minds Music Academy (BMMA). "So, we are travelling to South Korea end of this year, to attend the BMMA concert as a way to fulfill Pei Shan's wish," shared Florence.
Touching the Lives of the Young
In most of her young adult life, Pei Shan had used her artistic and musical talent to raise funds for the underprivileged and peers living with rare chronic diseases. Her resilience, cheerfulness and courage has touched and encouraged the people around her and those who have met her.
During the crowdfunding campaign, even in her most delicate state, Pei Shan's story has touched a group of Primary 3 students from Henry Park Primary School so much that they got together to raise funds for her. Class 3D sold handmade art creations and cards to fellow students and raised $625 in support of Pei Shan.
"We are so delighted and touched that these children, at their tender young age, would show compassion for Pei Shan and show their support for her," said Florence, who visited the school together with John in early August. The school’s vice principal, Mrs Tan, presented the cheque to the couple and commended the class for their kind act. In gratitude, the couple presented notebooks which were personally designed by Pei Shan, to all the children in the class.
Special Seeds and Rare Disorders Society (Singapore) jointly thank Henry Park Primary School's Class 3D for reaching out to this family in their time of need.