Children and volunteers bond with the elderly over CNY lunch

Grassroots Adviser Ms Joan Pereira (centre) joins the Henderson-Dawson Grassroots Leaders, volunteers from American Women's Association and children from Sam's Learning Centre at Henderson Community Centre to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Grassroots Adviser Ms Joan Pereira (centre) joins the Henderson-Dawson Grassroots Leaders, volunteers from American Women's Association and children from Sam's Learning Centre at Henderson Community Centre to celebrate Chinese New Year. ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN
18 children from Sam's Learning Centre put up a performance for the Chinese New Year celebration held at Henderson Community Centre.
18 children from Sam's Learning Centre put up a performance for the Chinese New Year celebration held at Henderson Community Centre.ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

SINGAPORE - About 130 elderly people from the Henderson-Dawson constituency sat down to an early Chinese New Year reunion meal on Thursday (Feb 15), together with volunteers from the American Woman's Association.

Lunchtime entertainment was provided by 18 children from Sam's Early Learning Centre.

Children aged four to six delighted the crowd by singing songs in English and Mandarin, including Gong Xi, Gong Xi and Hokey Pokey.

Many of the elderly people called to the lunch, which was held at Henderson Community Club, lived alone or had no caregivers.

American Woman's Association (AWA) outreach director Kerry Driver said: "It is very fulfilling and satisfying to be able to bring joy to these lonely elderly. It is also a good opportunity for my children to be involved and learn about volunteerism."

She was among 20 volunteers from AWA, a non-profit organisation run by American women in Singapore.

The lunch was organised by the Henderson-Dawson Citizens Consultative Committee.

Mr William Tan, chairman of Henderson-Dawson Integration and Naturalisation Champions and organising chairman for the event, said: "Through this event, we hoped to spread the value of volunteerism and the experience to contribute towards a healthy and caring community."

Tanjong Pagar GRC MP and grassroots adviser Joan Pereira was also there and helped the volunteers serve lunch.