Mrs Drishti Dhiraj Bablani believes that
small acts of kindness can create big rip-
ples which bring about change – some-
thing that can contribute to the better-
ment of society and improve the lives of
the less fortunate.
This mindset inspired her to start a
movement called The Kindness Ripple
in April last year. It focuses on collecting
and donating food to charity organisa-
“The inspiration for starting the
movement was the will in me and many
people around me to give back to soci-
ety,” said Mrs Bablani, an IT profes-
sional with ANZ bank.
“I realised that there are many peo-
ple who want to help and give back in
small ways but most feel what they can
do is so little that it would not make
The 42-year-old wanted to “help peo-
ple see the true power of their humble
“I wanted to bring home the point
that small acts of kindness can create a
big impact if done collectively, in one di-
rection,” she said.
This year, Mrs Bablani and 36 like-
minded individuals collected and do-
nated 2,010 packs of 5kg rice to Food
The initiative got the group into the
Singapore Book of Records for the
largest donation of rice to charities col-
lected from the public.
The previous record was held by
Nam Hong Welfare Organisation when
it held a charity fair at Northpoint City
from Aug 31 to Sept 2 last year and col-
lected 700 packs of 5kg rice.
Last Saturday, Mountbatten MP Lim
Biow Chuan presented Ms Bablani and
the 36 volunteers with a Singapore
Book of Records certificate at the Singa-
pore Sindhi Association and thanked
them for their efforts in contributing to
“We can all extend simple acts of
kindness to everyone. The ripple of kind-
ness which Mrs Bablani started will
make Singapore a better place for all,”
said Mr Lim.
The rice packs were collected from
April 11 to May 11 and delivered over
three visits to Food Bank Singapore this
Food Bank Singapore collects excess
food from food suppliers and re-distrib-
utes them to organisations such as old
folks’ homes, family service centres and
Following this particular initiative, it
distributed the rice packs to 10 benefi-
ciaries, including All Saints Home, Sin-
gapore Red Cross Society, Free Food for
All, Bethel Community Services and
Mrs Bablani, who hails from Ujjain, a
city in Madhya Pradesh, India, recruited
volunteers by passing the word about
the movement to her circle of friends
and family members.
Some also reached out to her when
they read about the initiative on the
Facebook events page.
There were two categories of volun-
teers – those who collected the rice
packs from donors and those who trans-
ported them to Food Bank Singapore.
Each volunteer was tasked to collect
the donations from at least five house-
Said Mrs Bablani, a Singaporean:
“Most of the volunteers approached
people in their network. They had the
rice delivered directly to my house
which was our temporary warehouse.
“Some volunteers had rice packs de-
livered by donors to their place from
where eventually everything was
brought to my house by volunteers.”
Volunteer Ms Sneha Pande, 34,
reached out to her friends for the dona-
tion drive and collected 55 rice packs.
She too donated five packs.
“Donors who live nearby dropped
the rice packs at my house but some of
them who live further felt it was trouble-
some to deliver the packs to me. So we
came up with a system where we col-
lected money to buy the rice packs,” she
“This was more convenient for those
who wanted to donate but found it trou-
blesome. We then bought the rice packs
online from NTUC FairPrice and got it
delivered to us.”
Such a mass donation and collection
drive was not without its difficulties.
Storage and scheduling drops based
on space availability at Food Bank Singa-
pore’s warehouse was a challenge the
“Food Bank Singapore has limited
storage space and they have other av-
enues of food collections, so they had to
manage the timing with beneficiaries to
pick the rice packs, only then we could
drop more,” said Mrs Bablani.
Food Bank Singapore management
executive Jameson Chow, together with
his team, was involved in calling the ben-
eficiaries to find out which ones were in
need of rice as well as the organsing of
the re-delivery of the rice packs to the
“I think one of the main reasons Dr-
ishti worked with us is because we have
many beneficiaries under us that she
can reach out to with the 2,010 rice
packs she and her team of volunteers
collected,” said Mr Chow, adding that it
was a “wonderful initiative”.
“The most rewarding part of it was to
see all the 2,010 packs reach the benefi-
ciaries and today they are providing
meals to many in need in Singapore,”
said Mrs Bablani.
“It feels great setting a new record. I
salute the generous spirit of Singapore-
ans. This record re-emphasises the fact
that our small contributions can make a
very big difference. I hope this inspires
people to keep believing in the power of
small acts of kindness.”
Mrs Bablani hopes to organise this ini-
tiative every year.
This is not her first time working on a
drive like this.
Last year, she and 28 volunteers col-
lected and donated 1,300kg of food to
Food Bank Singapore.
Last August, she also banded to-
gether with her friends and family mem-
bers to raise $1,577 in support of the
those affected by the floods in Kerala.
They bought essential items – such as
packaged food, clothing and utensils –
from Amazon online – and sent it to or-
ganisations such as Goonj Foundation
and World Vision India which were pro-
viding relief to those affected in Kerala.
(Above) Volunteers transporting the rice packs; (below) Mrs Drishti Dhiraj Bablani receiving the Singapore Book of Records certificate from
Mountbatten MP Lim Biow Chuan.
“I salute the generous
spirit of Singaporeans.
re-emphasises the fact
that our small
contributions can make a
very big difference.
I hope this inspires
people to keep believing
in the power of small
acts of kindness.”
– Mrs Drishti Dhiraj Bablani, who
spearheads The Kindness Ripple movement
A record-breaking deed