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How Wicare Started

 

Called to the painful journey of loss and transformation after the death of her own husband through a horrific car accident in 1985 and having to bring up two small girls on her own – Joyce Lye knows first-hand how important the experiences of those who have walked the widowed path are to those who are in the midst of the searing pain of bereavement.

It was through her transformational journey to wholeness, coupled with the companionship and unconditional love of other widowed that Wicare was born in 1993, starting out small, attracting a turnout of 5 ladies meeting at a restaurant in Upper Paya Lebar. Over the years, as the informal group steadily grew in size, and after talking with many other widows, Joyce found her experience was not unique, there was little in the way of organised help, support and guidance to assist women and their children going through one of the most traumatic episodes of their lives. Wicare was thus formally founded in 1996 with the simple yet challenging goal of making life easier for women who have lost a spouse.

 

Timeline
1993

Informal gathering of widows

1996

The Wicare Support group was formally established & The first management committee was formed

1998
  • Registered as a Volunteer Welfare Organization (VWO)
  • Obtained Institution of Public Character (IPC) status
2003

The first Public Forum ‘Living Through Loss’ was organised

2004
  • Wicare opens its first Office at Ulu Pandan Study Centre
  • Wicare organises its inaugural Fundraising Bazaar
2006

Wicare relocates its office to Bishan Junction 8

2008
  • 10th Anniversary of Wicare
  • The second ‘Living Through Loss’ Public Forum is organised
  • ‘Strength to Live’ Book is published featuring healing journeys of widows and widowers with practical help for caregivers
  • In-house counselling sessions
  • Ms Joyce Lye, Wicare Founder-Chairman receives the "Shine on Singapore" award for Unsung Heroes by Rotary International
2009
  • 3rd Public Forum – Living Through Loss Seminar is organised
  • Ms Joyce Lye, Wicare Founder-Chairman, receives the President’s Social Service Award (Individual Category)
2013

First International Widows’ Day was celebrated and commemorated as an annual Wicare event