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On the eighth of June, 25 volunteers gathered at All Saints Home (Tampines) all ready to bring the residents on a shopping trip. Following the success of the project that first started in 2018 by the graduates from the Youth Development Camp, it has benefited 20 senior citizens this year. For some of the residents, this is the first time heading out of the home since years they have been there.
It was a day filled with fun, joy and laughter as the residents head out to the neighbourhood for gai gai at Fairprice, makan at Koufu and games at the void deck. All excited, the seniors took turns to enter Fairprice with the volunteers, ticking the items off their wishlists while the rest got engaged in an exhilarating game of Bingo. It was a challenge wheeling the seniors in Fairprice as it was crowded and the aisles were narrow. However, it was great to see our volunteers practising good wheelchair handling practices that they learned from Mr Mohan, one of the volunteer leaders at All Saints Home, during our volunteer training and briefing session, and ensured the safety of the seniors, themselves and other shoppers in the supermarket.
With all the big bags small bags that they got from their shopping trip, the seniors and volunteers moved on to Koufu for a light-hearted tea break and chit chat session with their friends from the home and the volunteers. Everyone was a little shy and paiseh at the start. With the food in the middle of the round dining table, no one wanted to be the one making the first move to help himself with the food. But eventually, with a few conversations, everyone got more comfortable with one another and enjoyed the food together.
The event came to a heartwarming end as the volunteers presented a small token of appreciation to all 190 residents from All Saints Home for their contribution to the nation as the pioneer generation of Singapore.
Thank you All Saints Home, Koufu and Fairprice for being part of this project; and not forgetting our volunteers, for spending a wonderful Saturday afternoon with us to make this project a successful one.
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