PCF donates $400,000 for gift bags for 7,800 seniors who live alone in rental flats

Madam Ramalingam Thailamai and Mr Lee Song Yong with their gift bags, which include trolleys and walking sticks with an in-built chair. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Minister from the Prime Minister Office Indranee Rajah (right) presenting a gift bag to Mr Hassan Abdul Haji on Feb 3, 2022. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - The PAP Community Foundation (PCF) has donated almost $400,000 to Lions Befrienders to support 7,800 seniors who are under the charity's eldercare programmes and services.

The money is used to put together gift bags for the seniors, who mostly live alone in rental flats with limited or no family support and are at high risk of social isolation.

The gift bags contain practical household items, such as shower gel and handwash, and commonly requested pain-relief items like medicated plasters.

A foldable trolley or a walking stick with an in-built chair is also included, depending on the seniors' needs.

At the cheque presentation ceremony held on Thursday (Feb 3) at the Lions Befrienders Active Ageing Centre in Mei Ling Street, Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance and National Development, said the donation is aimed at uplifting the vulnerable.

Ms Indranee, who is a member of the PCF Charity Management Committee, said: "One of the core beliefs (of PCF) is uplifting the vulnerable in our home, our midst and our future, regardless of gender, race or religion."

Founded by the People's Action Party in 1986, the foundation runs social, educational and welfare programmes for the community.

Thursday's donation was just one of many that the PCF has made to vulnerable communities. Other recent initiatives include the Enhanced Headstart Fund to support PCF Sparkletots children from underprivileged families in their education.

"We hope that our humble act of love will warm the hearts of the seniors at Lions Befrienders," Ms Indranee said.

The cheque presentation event kick-started the distribution of gift bags, which will take place over the next six months.

One of the first people to get the gift pack was Mr Hassan Abdul Haji, who was among six seniors at the cheque presentation on Thursday. The six received both the trolley and the walking stick.

The 101-year-old, who enjoys walking, said of his new walking stick: "I sometimes get tired when there are some hills or stairs.

"With this new walking stick, I can open up and sit on the in-built chair to take a rest."

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