Special Edition: Blossom Home Refresh
A total of 36 elderly households in Ang Mo Kio, Telok Blangah and Geylang East were revitalised as part of Blossom Home Refresh 2018. 344 volunteers came together on the 1st of September, including students and staff members of Curtin Singapore, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, West Spring Secondary School, Regent Secondary School, Old Street Bak Kut Teh, T&S Engineering Construction Pte Ltd and the Diploma Marine Engineering Association Bangladesh Singapore.
“Interaction is not something that money can buy…it must come with effort from every one of us who has the inspiration and desire to bridge the gap,” said Dr. Koh Poh Koon, MP of Ang Mo Kio GRC, who opened the event.
Blossom Home Refresh aimed to serve elderly residents for whom thorough cleaning of their homes is challenging, and to allow volunteers to cultivate kindness and appreciation of the pioneer generation. It was hoped that the activity would enhance intergenerational cohesion and understanding.
Toiling against bedbug-infested mattresses, dusty corners, and discoloured walls for almost 8 hours, our volunteers strove to create a more comfortable environment for the participating seniors to live in. For some, this meant overcoming a fear of cockroaches and other insects. For some, thinking of ways to remove persistent stains, and picking up unfamiliar tools and implements. And for some, transforming a natural aversion to dirt and grime to compassion and service. The exertion was both physical and mental.
Through the process, volunteers learned about respect and teamwork. 15-year-old Zen, a volunteer, shares, "I learnt how to be patient with the elderly and to be cautious about my surroundings when cleaning their houses." Another 20-year-old volunteer reflects that “we can all work together for a common goal when we set our minds to it.”
Blossom Home Refresh on the 1st of September was, as a 39-year-old volunteer put it, a “precious time” for both the elderly and volunteers.
We thank our partners, Central Singapore Community Development Council, AWWA, NTUC Health SilverAce and Harmony Activity Centre for their support in Blossom Home Refresh 2018. Do continue to spread your kindness and make a difference in society! Let us work together to create a gracious society :)
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