Organiser: PwC Singapore
Date: 24 May 2019
On 24 May 2019, while Muslims across Singapore observed Ramadan as a time of reflection, 150 people of different faiths and religions came together to join them. These individuals from PwC Singapore shared in the experience of Ramadan to learn more about its significance and committed to a day of fasting alongside their Muslim colleagues.
Abstaining from food was easier said than done. Throughout the day, their struggles were captured on video. Some recounted how they woke up in the wee hours of the morning for suhur, the meal consumed early in the morning before fasting. A few overslept and had to go without food or water for the rest of the day, until sunset. Others realised how important their daily coffee was to them!
"I never thought going without water would be so tough until I tried it myself. The camaraderie and support provided by my Muslim colleagues were an important part of my journey to survive the day!" said John Ho, a Senior Consultant who took part in this initiative for the first time.
Some had tried fasting in the previous year’s initiative and found it so meaningful, they wanted to do it again. Victoria Wymark, a Manager at PwC Singapore remarked, "This is my second year joining in ‘Fasting for a Day’ in solidarity with my Muslim colleagues observing Ramadan. I really love how Ramadan fosters community bonding through Iftar, and strengthens social values through the acts of self-discipline, charity, and spiritual reflection.”
At the end of the day, participants joined the Iftar celebrations, breaking their fast together. They also visited cultural activity booths where they had their names written in Arabic, tried on traditional Malay costumes, and learnt more about Islam.
All in, it was a day of bonding and fostering a deeper understanding of Islam and the significance of Ramadan. As Charlotte Hsu, Diversity & Inclusion Leader at PwC Singapore summed up, “Ramadan is such a special occasion for our Muslim colleagues. To be able to share in this time of reflection and celebration has been such a meaningful experience for many in the firm and we look forward to observing Ramadan together again next year.”