Gift Of Love


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The pain of los­ing her beloved fa­ther and grand­mother drove Yeo Wan Ling to set up Care­giver Asia, an on­line plat­form that matches care­givers with those in need of home care ser­vices 亚洲博爱集团创办人兼总裁杨涴淩几年内痛失挚爱的父亲和外婆,但他们留下的爱,却给了杨涴淩创办能造福人间的事业的启示。

The big­gest re­gret of Yeo Wan Ling’s life is not be­ing able to say good­bye to the two most im­por­tant peo­ple in her life when they died.

She was in Hong Kong when her ma­ter­nal grand­mother died in Fe­bru­ary this year. It was the same story seven years ago, when her fa­ther died. Yeo, then a direc­tor with Con­tact Sin­ga­pore, a di­vi­sion of the Sin­ga­pore Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Board, was on her way to Shang­hai from Hong Kong.

With tears in her eyes, the 41-year-old re­calls how she failed to make it back in time on both oc­ca­sions.

Her dad, a doctor in his 60s, had re­fused to seek med­i­cal treat­ment for a heart valve dis­or­der. He was still see­ing patients at his clinic on the day he died.

Fre­quent over­seas job post­ings to cities such as Chicago, Hong Kong and Shang­hai meant Yeo was sel­dom at home then. “When my fa­ther died, I thought: If only I could make re­mote ar­range­ments for him to see a doctor he pre­ferred. Per­haps then he could have lived for a few more years,” she laments.

Then in 2014, her grand­mother fell gravely ill and spent 14 days in the in­ten­sive care unit. Ar­rang­ing for home nurs­ing care af­ter she was dis­charged proved to be both stress­ful and costly. That ex­pe­ri­ence, how­ever, gave Yeo a busi­ness idea.

“I thought if there was a way in which I could re­solve man­power is­sues no mat­ter where I was, I would be able to find a suit­able and af­ford­able care­giver for my grand­mother more quickly.”

So she de­cided to quit her job and strike out on her own, set­ting up Care­giver Asia in 2014. The on­line por­tal matches those seek­ing a wide range of care ser­vices, such as home care, home ther­apy and babysit­ting, with qual­i­fied care­givers.

“I feel that it is my fa­ther and grand­mother who were urg­ing me to do this,” says Yeo, the com­pany’s chief ex­ec­u­tive. “It’s as if they used their

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