Singapore (AP) — Singapore Ferris wheel capsules were covered in rain.
Not suitable for bird’s eye views of the city. But the immigrant workers on the Singapore Flyer attraction didn’t care.
They were just a few of the at least 20,000 workers receiving treats from the general public and businesses.
The itsRainingRaincoats initiative began calling on workers to donate tickets in January.
Volunteers felt it was a meaningful way to use tourist tickets from the government, said founder Dipas Waminasan.
Singapore citizens over the age of 18 received a voucher of S $ 100 ($ 74.30). They ended up spending it on attractions, hotels and tours — companies that lost their income during the coronavirus pandemic.
Swaminasan’s group worked with Ferris wheel operators and booking platforms to route tickets to foreign workers.
“There are so many people who appreciate the contributions of workers to Singapore, and this is their chance to give back,” said Swaminasan.
“There is a lot of joy in giving, and I think that’s why the general public … supports us in this kind of effort,” she told The Associated Press.
The group will continue to organize the vehicles as long as the tickets flow in.
Tickets including admission to the interactive display will cost S $ 35 ($ 26). Currently enough for 20,000 workers.
Swaminasan estimates that this is 2% of the 700,000 to 800,000 people living in Singapore.
She said the “contained” nature of the Ferris wheel fits it perfectly.
Volunteers reminded riders to wear masks and keep a distance of 1 meter during their recent visit.
Ganesan Thivagar visited with his dormitory friends. They waited for the vehicle to temporarily stop due to bad weather.
When it was time to board, the scenery at a height of 165 meters (540 feet) was uneven.
The 34-year-old was not upset. He was amazed at how Singapore has changed since he arrived 14 years ago.
He soon began taking pictures for his family in Tamil Nadu, India.
“I’m happy to enjoy traveling and having fun with my friends. Thanks to Singapore (I’m here),” Tibager said.
Workers like Thivagar had a tough time because the dormitory was an early hotspot for coronavirus infection.
Immigrant workers account for most of the 60,000 cases reported in Singapore.
Although the situation is controlled, workers have stricter movement restrictions than the general public. These have been mitigated by the authorities.
Natarajan Pandia Rajan, 29, said the restrictions were “really difficult” and thanked him for taking a break like a recent ride.
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