Friday, July 23, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
The Joy of Kampung Night
“Love spreads little by little, to inspire every heart”. This was the highlight at “Kampung Night”. Regardless of race, age and background, the participants danced and sang to the song “Embrace Every Moment”.
“Kampung Night” was held on 26 June (Saturday), where the return of kampong spirit brought encouragement and joy to everyone, especially for the lonely elderly. It was a touching scene where there were all smiles, hugs and warm handshakes.
Residents from Bukit Batok and the surrounding areas, dressed in their best, participated in this “Parents’ and Environmental Night”, jointly organised by Concern & Care Society and Bukit Batok Zone 8 RC.
We had an “Environmental Creativity Competition”, where four groups of participants designed “Green Clothes” with recycling materials, like abandoned bags, ribbons and plastic items. The judges, Mrs Teo Jiok Lin and Mr Michael Koh, selected the most outstanding team to receive the first prize. This competition was very entertaining, indeed.
Some residents were pleased to sing a few Hokkien Songs on stage. The game brought the show to its climax. Residents passed teddy bears to one another while the music was played. When the music stopped, those with teddy bears in their hands would receive a gift. At the end of the day, everyone who turned up for the night went home with a souvenir each.
We also sang the birthday song to give our blessings to residents who were born in May, June and July.
We are grateful to Bukit Batok Zone 8 RC’s chairman, Mr Koh Yong Nam and all the volunteers from Zone 8. We also want to extend our sincere appreciation to Bengawan Solo Pte Ltd for its sponsorship of the birthday cake and Mr Thomas Chua of Immanuel Gifts for the sponsorship of souvenirs and gifts. Without their support, this event would not be a success.
Bukit Timah 55th Anniversary Celebration: Hand in Hand
About 10,000 residents and volunteers from various organisations participated in the Bukit Timah 55th Anniversary Celebration on 19 June (Saturday), where the guest-of-honour was our Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong.
About 1,500 volunteers had worked tirelessly over three months in preparation for this event and 30 of them were from Concern & Care Society. Our task was to perform a Samba dance item together with volunteers from Bukit Timah Community Club’s Women Executive Committee, Buona Vista Community Club and Ulu Pandan Community Club.
“It was a great and meaningful experience to be able to take part in such a grand event that brought people together. It was also an opportunity for us to express our patriotism towards our home and country.” said Mdm Chan Yoot Mei, one of CCS’ volunteer.
Other performances included Mass Sing Along, Cha Cha and Hip Hop dances and Red & White Team Competition etc.
Your Hands in Mine; Together We Grow
We are the first batch of volunteers that have undergone the Music Academy for the Elderly training conducted by Concern & Care Society (CCS) in 2004. We are delighted to share that we have served the elderly in Bukit Batok area for the past six years.
We believe in serving the old and we do it as a way to contribute back to the society, not wanting any recognition in return. Our aim is to help the elderly to live out of their helpless and sometimes maybe painful circumstances. We felt that what we have done is not enough. We could have done better or provide more comprehensive and dynamic support. As such, we felt ashamed whenever others asked us how much we have done for the old.
Recount those whom we have served before. Some of them were drawn back from their hopeless isolation and sorrow. They become more hopeful and willing to lead a more positive life now. They no longer feel lonely, they could smile again, and the joy on their face warmed our hearts. This little, little accomplishments gave us a sense of satisfaction and encouragement to continue on for the last six years.
I, Tiaw Jee, remembered there was once I came back after a few weeks of vacation, one elderly saw me and told me with tears in her eyes, “I thought you didn’t want to visit me anymore.” I was so touched to know that I have made a difference in her life. In fact, we have built lasting relationships with the elderly whom we have served over the years.
To serve the senior citizens, we have to be sincere and genuine to extend our heartfelt concerns. We have to be sensitive to their feelings as a simple negative facial expression like a disgusted look because of the stench from their body may hurt their feelings. Kok Yuet fully agreed with this observation. In fact, we have to acknowledge such understanding and adjust our attitude then could we be able to serve the elderly with an open heart.
Life is transient, however, we believe that there are still many who are waiting for us to extend help and comfort. We hope we could befriend and encourage the needy elderly, so that they would be able to face the challenges ahead with courage, confidence and strength!
Senior Volunteers: Kok Yuet & Tan Tiaw Jee
Games for the Elderly
The Rummy-O game is a popular table game in our centres. Residents often gather to play this game with great interest and zeal.
It is a simple game where you arrange numbered tiles in groups of three or more on the table, either in running numbers or same numbers. Many of the residents, both young and old, enjoy the game as it challenges their minds.
On 14 June (Monday), a Rummy-O competition was organised at Concern & Care Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Link to encourage more people to participate in social activities and learn more about the game. Though it seems simple, this game can be quite challenging, as there are a variety of strategies to play this game.
The three residents who won the competition brought home attractive prizes and the rest of the participants received a door gift each. All participants thoroughly enjoyed the game.