So­cial Heroes

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LUAN EE, 48, founder of Kerb­side Gourmet Hav­ing quit her job in the cor­po­rate world af­ter 20 years in com­mu­ni­ca­tions and brand­ing, Luan got be­hind the wheel – and kitchen – of Sin­ga­pore’s first mo­bile food truck, chris­tened “Kerby”. At only six months old, Kerb­side Gourmet is a new­bie in the so­cial en­ter­prise en­vi­ron­ment. Luan’s busi­ness op­er­ates on a “buy-one-give-one” model – for ev­ery meal a cus­tomer buys, she gives a free meal to an un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dent. LEONA LEONG, 29, founder of Aii Sin­ga­pore This for­mer air stew­ardess formed Aii Sin­ga­pore in 2011. It’s a cus­tom-gift com­pany that sells pack­aged sweets and choco­lates for wed­dings, cor­po­rate func­tions and other spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

Ninety per cent of Leona’s staff is made up of hearingim­paired and re­cov­er­ing men­tal pa­tients; she be­lieves in giv­ing the marginalised in so­ci­ety a chance to earn a de­cent liv­ing. KENNY LOW, 38, di­rec­tor of City Col­lege and O School Not con­tent with set­ting up City Col­lege – a pri­vate ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion for O-Level stu­dents – in 2002, Kenny es­tab­lished O School in 2006. The dance school, which de­vel­ops and em­ploys dis­ad­van­taged youths, is now one of the largest ur­ban dance schools in Sin­ga­pore.

Us­ing a “by-youths-for-youths” model, Kenny aims to give young men and women the power to dream and build a bet­ter fu­ture.

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