President Tony Tan hosts lo hei lunch for elderly folks at the Istana

President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan hosted elderly beneficiaries, volunteers and staff from Reach Community Services Society to Lo Hei and lunch at the Istana on Feb 15, 2016 in celebration of Chinese New Year.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan hosted elderly beneficiaries, volunteers and staff from Reach Community Services Society to Lo Hei and lunch at the Istana on Feb 15, 2016 in celebration of Chinese New Year. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
 President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan gives out red packets and mandarin oranges to elderly beneficiaries, volunteers and staff from Reach Community Services Society after hosting them to Lo Hei and lunch at the Istana on Feb 15, 2016 in cele
President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan gives out red packets and mandarin oranges to elderly beneficiaries, volunteers and staff from Reach Community Services Society after hosting them to Lo Hei and lunch at the Istana on Feb 15, 2016 in celebration of Chinese New Year. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - A group of about 40 elderly beneficiaries and caregivers from Reach Community Services Society attended a lo hei lunch at the Istana on Monday (Feb 15).

The social welfare group is a beneficiary under the President's Challenge and the lunch was hosted by President Tony Tan and Mrs Mary Tan.

The labour movement's U Live Ukulele Performing Group performed a popular love song, The Moon Represents My Heart. Eight students from National University of Singapore Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music also performed Chinese songs for the audience.

Ms Chong Kwee Eng, a 69-year-old beneficiary who goes to the senior centre at Jalan Membina to exercise every morning, said: "I feel very honoured to be given a chance to toss lo hei with the President. This is a going to be a very good year for me. I have never been to the Istana. It's a beautiful place."

Chief executive of Reach Community Services Society Ho Siew Cheong revealed that the senior centre at Jalan Membina will be opened officially on Friday (Feb 19).

The centre, which started its operations last November, can accommodate 50 seniors at any time and provides programmes and services such as craft work, exercises and karaoke.