Sponsor 200 beneficiaries who get support through Red Cross FoodAid and Elder Aid to enjoy the Red Cross International Bazaar 2017 on 23 September 2017, Suntec Convention Centre, Concourse Level 3, 10am to 9pm.
Buy SGD 50 of tickets to enable a beneficiary to enjoy a range of multi-cultural food, games and social activities from the diplomatic, school and local communities at the Bazaar.
Here's more information about FoodAid and ElderAid projects:
- Meals with Love, a FoodAid project, provides monthly rations of nutritious food to the disadvantaged in our society.
- ElderAid opens doors for those in need to access various assistance schemes available in the neighbourhood. Community volunteers visit the beneficiaries twice a month to engage and befriend. Whenever there are unmet needs, the volunteers will introduce appropriate Singapore Red Cross’ (SRC) humanitarian services and link up. These efforts are aimed at building community resilience to leverage available resources to respond to, withstand and recover from adversity.
Mr Toh, 45, a satay seller, was diagnosed with a heart condition in April 2014.
He is cared for by his wife, Mdm Li ChunFeng, 44, who also tends to their children aged 5 and 7.
It was on a typical day at work when a friend realised that Mr Toh’s legs were very swollen and that he had lost a lot of weight. He went to the hospital for a checkup as advised by his friend.
While he was at the hospital, he collapsed suddenly due to a cardiac arrest.
Doctors immediately performed resuscitation to revive him. He was then sent to the intensive care unit and was hospitalised for two weeks.
Diagnosed with a heart disease, Mr Toh was unfit to work for one and a half year. As a result, there was no source of income to foot the family’s expenses. It was amid this difficult period when Mdm Li turned to the family service centre (FSC) nearby. Through the FSC, she got to know about the Singapore Red Cross’ (SRC) FoodAid programme.
“I’m very thankful to Singapore Red Cross for FoodAid assistance, otherwise, I will not be able to provide food for my young children,” said Mdm Li who remained optimistic about the future despite the challenges.
Hoping to contribute to his family as soon as he was able to do so, Mr Toh has started to help out at a friend’s clothing shop. Even though this role is much more relaxed, he still hopes to return to his old profession of some two decades.
Mr Toh is currently taking a daily dose of multiple medications to keep his condition stable He is also waiting for his doctor’s advice on whether a heart operation is necessary.
In Singapore, 88%* of residents live with family or friends. However, more than 41,000 seniors live alone, without anyone to turn to. Mr De Silva, 76, is one of them.
Since his wife and daughter passed away, Mr De Silva has been living alone in a three-room flat in Tampines. As he suffers from a range of heart and health problems, Mr De Silva fears he may collapse in his flat, without anyone there to help him.
Arthritis and knee problems have also limited his mobility and he cannot walk or stand for long. He misses his family very much and spends most of his days watching TV or lying down.
His lonely days are brightened when volunteers from the Community-Led Action for REsilience (C.L.A.R.E) visit him. He enjoys sharing memories of his youth with the volunteers, regaling them with his love for dancing and music as a young man.
Mr De Silva enthused, “Besides visiting me every fortnight, the C.L.A.R.E volunteers also call me regularly to check if I’m doing well.They are very good, very sincere and very helpful.”
The simple joy of friendship has helped Mr De Silva to adopt a positive outlook on life.
“I am contented with the small things in life. When I see the sun in the morning, it makes me happy. When I sleep at night, I sleep happy. I hope for the best,” he said.
Mr De Silva has also been a source of inspiration for C.L.A.R.E volunteer, Ms Agnes Hlaing Hlaing Aye, who has been befriending Mr De Silva for two years.
“I enjoy spending time with him, it makes me happy to see him laugh. He has also taught me how one can be strong and find joy in tough times,” said Ms Hlaing Hlaing Aye.