Grassroots Organizations organize more than 400 CNY celebrations across Singapore

As the community ushers in the new dragon year, Grassroots Organizations (GROs) and have organised more than 400 community Chinese New Year events, themed around “Filial Piety”, “Caring, Sharing and Giving” and “Integration of New Citizens and Public and Private Estate Residents”.

These events would reach out to more than 100,000 residents from various ages, races and estates, bringing them together to interact, celebrate and make new friends. The celebrations take several forms, ranging from record breaking stints to lighting up the lives of the less fortunate through gestures big and small.

At the Buona Vista Lunar New Year Celebrations 2012, the less mobile elderly who have been invited to the celebrations have another reason to smile as they received a new wheelchair or walking stick through the Senior’s Mobility Fund.

This was made possible with the efforts of about 100 Residents Committee (RC) members and volunteers who went from house to house to understand the mobility needs of the elderly in the estate and to identify those who required subsidies.

Mdm Irene See PBM, Assistant Secretary of Buona Vista CCC, commented: “with these mobility aids, the elders will now be able to take part in more of our intergenerational activities, make new friends and combat loneliness in the process. I’m glad to be able to play my part in Buona Vista’s continued approach towards promoting active ageing and it gives me personal satisfaction to see a smile on the faces of the elderly whom we have helped.”

The GROs also saw increased participation among the youths in spearheading Chinese New Year events this year, especially at a food donation drive organized by the Cheng San CC Youth Executive Committee (YEC) titled “Gift of the Heart” (GOH).

GOH volunteers visiting residents to collect food donations
Photo: Chengsan CC Youth Executive Committee

The event saw an estimated 450 volunteers from Temasek Polytechnic, Deyi Secondary School, Anderson Secondary, ITE Central, Hougang Secondary School Red Cross Youth and Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, going from door to door collecting food donations and repackaged for distribution to the less privileged in the community.

A group of young volunteers at the GOH pose for a group photo
Photo: Chengsan CC Youth Executive Committee

The donations were even sorted according to the requirements (e.g. Halal, Vegetarian, etc) of the beneficiaries that have been reached out to.

GOH volunteers packing the food donations into boxes for distribution
Photo: Chengsan CC Youth Executive Committee

“I am happy to see that many residents are coming forward to organise these Chinese New Year celebrations for their neighbours and friends, including those who are less fortunate. Through such celebrations, we see residents showing care and concern for one another, making new friends and spreading the festive joy,” said Mr Yam Ah Mee, Chief Executive Director of the People’s Association.

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About Damien Teo

I am a 3rd year student doing a diploma in Communications and Media Management in Temasek Polytechnic. This blog was created as part of an assignment in my course of study.

Posted on February 11, 2012, in News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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