Sunday, February 21, 2010
听新闻 长知识 Sharing the Joy
邻里中心是交友的好地方。Kak Sampah 笑说：“邻里中心给我们的感觉越来越亲切。这几年来，传神居家照顾协会的义工们都会时常登门拜访我们两老，我们感到很满足。”
Sharing the Joy
As the clock strikes ten every morning, a group of elderly folks would gather together at our Corner Coffee enjoying a cup of piping hot drink. You can easily catch snips of conversation amidst laughter among the elderly folks as they wait eagerly for their daily news listening session to begin.
Volunteers of Concern & Care Society (CCS) hold a daily news listening session for the elderly folks. Yes, these folks may be elderly but they come with such enthusiasm.
Uncle Jafaat, aged 70, has been enjoying such sessions with his wife, Aunty Sampah. Aunty Sampah is one of CCS’s home visit clients. Both of them love and enjoy the activities organised by CCS. They are always on the lookout for updates from the centre. Uncle Jafaat enjoys making new friends. He understands simple Chinese dialects which enables him to mingle with other members easily.
He said, “My wife and I have reached our retirement age. And we usually look after our grandchildren, do household chores, and so forth. Occasionally when time permits, we would join CCS activities and chit chat with our friends.”
One of Uncle Jafaat’s good friends is Uncle How. Uncle How is a volunteer with CCS. Aged 83, he is very active and is one of the volunteers who share the news in our news listening session. As he speaks several dialects and is keen in singing, Uncle How always gets requests from the residents to sing them oldies.
Uncle How said with a laugh, “I am always happy to sing to them, and I love it when they applaud and enjoy themselves.”
Aunty Sampah feels very grateful to CCS and she shared, “The people in Concern & Care Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Link are very approachable and nice to the elderly. We are very grateful and appreciative of the volunteers’ friendship.”