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The Lives They Live: Octogenarian goes knock, knock, knock - for a good cause

Madam Kok Yoon Hin, 86, outside her HDB flat. The octogenarian is today the oldest volunteer at the Touch Senior Activity Centre in Geylang Bahru.
Madam Kok Yoon Hin, 86, outside her HDB flat. The octogenarian is today the oldest volunteer at the Touch Senior Activity Centre in Geylang Bahru.ST PHOTOS: LEE JIA WEN
Madam Kok Yoon Hin (right) visiting Madam Teo Chwee Eng at her rented flat. Every Monday, she goes knocking on doors in the Geylang Bahru estate, a routine she has kept to for the past three years.
Madam Kok Yoon Hin (right) visiting Madam Teo Chwee Eng at her rented flat. Every Monday, she goes knocking on doors in the Geylang Bahru estate, a routine she has kept to for the past three years.ST PHOTOS: LEE JIA WEN
Madam Kok Yoon Hin sharing her memories. She was born in China, grew up in Malaysia and later settled down in Singapore. Her husband Kong Kwan Thong, a shipyard worker, died in 2006, aged 75.
Madam Kok Yoon Hin sharing her memories. She was born in China, grew up in Malaysia and later settled down in Singapore. Her husband Kong Kwan Thong, a shipyard worker, died in 2006, aged 75.ST PHOTOS: LEE JIA WEN

While the pioneer leaders were the original architects of Singapore, everyday heroes helped build society here. This is another story about such people in the series The Lives They Live.

Every Monday, Madam Kok Yoon Hin goes knocking on doors in the Geylang Bahru estate, a routine she has kept to for the past three years.

She is not a door-to-door saleswoman. Instead, Madam Kok checks on other seniors who live alone in the estate.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2018, with the headline 'Octogenarian goes knock, knock, knock - for a good cause'. Print Edition | Subscribe