Praise from PM Lee Hsien Loong for Pioneer Generation Ambassadors at appreciation dinner

PM Lee Hsien Loong shaking hands with pioneer generation ambassadors:  Lai Siew Lian, 63, and Nick Low, 18.
PM Lee Hsien Loong shaking hands with pioneer generation ambassadors: Lai Siew Lian, 63, and Nick Low, 18.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
PM Lee Hsien Loong with pioneer Madam Lim Beck, 108, who is on the wheelchair, looking at a photograph.
PM Lee Hsien Loong with pioneer Madam Lim Beck, 108, who is on the wheelchair, looking at a photograph.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
PM Lee Hsien Loong chatting with pioneer generation ambassadors (from left) Lai Siew Lian, 63, Nick Low, 18 and Foong Foo Kheong, 78.
PM Lee Hsien Loong chatting with pioneer generation ambassadors (from left) Lai Siew Lian, 63, Nick Low, 18 and Foong Foo Kheong, 78.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Pioneer generation ambassadors Gladys Ong, 48, and Nick Low, 18, at the Meadow at an evening garden party for pioneer generation ambassadors.
Pioneer generation ambassadors Gladys Ong, 48, and Nick Low, 18, at the Meadow at an evening garden party for pioneer generation ambassadors.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - Singapore's pioneers made sacrifices for one another and the nation and their spirit must continue for future generations, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday.

He was speaking at an appreciation dinner for 1,600 volunteers, known as Pioneer Generation Ambassadors.

Coming from different walks of life - students, housewives, working professionals, retirees and even fellow pioneers - they visit pioneers at home to personally explain the benefits that they receive under programmes such as the Pioneer Generation Package and MediShield Life insurance scheme.

"Through their service and selfless dedication, Pioneer Generation Ambassadors embody the very same values and spirit that pioneers upheld to make Singapore a better home for all of us," Mr Lee said at the event held at the Gardens By The Bay.

Praising the ambassadors' hard work, he said their efforts also showed that the spirit of volunteerism is alive in Singapore.

Mr Lee noted that although there are only 3,000 ambassadors in total, they reached out to 120,000 pioneers in less than a year, meaning that as a group they met 400 pioneers every day.

He also praised the volunteers for drawing seniors to the community, ensuring their daily needs are met, helping them during emergencies and lending them a listening ear.

Mr Lee urged more Singaporeans to join the programme and keep the Singapore spirit alive.

"Less than a fortnight away from Singapore's 50th birthday, it is timely to reflect on the kind of society we want to build," he said.

At the dinner, Mr Lee also launched a book containing stories of pioneers that the ambassadors had met during their house visits.

charyong@sph.com.sg