On 21 December 2008, adults under Audrey Ng’s (AN) zone came together to sing their way to the hearts of many elderly and needy people. The event, Singcerely Yours, was a community service project that sought to bring joy to the elderly and the needy through practical gifts and songs.
Volunteers comprising mainly of working adults and young families visited homes to sing a few popular tunes, give away food hampers and offer their helping hands to the less-privileged families. Many of the volunteers were not trained singers, yet they worked hard to put up a good performance. Judging by the many smiles that day, it seems their efforts definitely paid off.
There were two main objectives for Singcerely Yours. The first was to foster a sense of community spirit among the young adults and working professionals to participate actively in such community efforts. Many participants were first-time volunteers and the organizers hope that through the exposure from this event, they will develop a passion to be a positive influence in the community.
The second objective was to reach out to the needy and to bring about some festive cheer during this Christmas season. Despite the gloom due to the impending economic recession, the organizers believe such an event will bring some joy to the hearts of the elderly and needy.
|PHOTOS: Lindy Yeo|
The event took place at the Dakota and Chai Chee estates and the volunteers were divided into small groups to visit homes in both locations. The home visits started with a song item, which included carols, retro hits and even Cantonese and Hokkien songs. After the song item, the volunteers spent some time interacting with the families and also handed them a thoughtful gift hamper.
The event was a highly successful one. The elderly and needy had a healthy dose of Christmas cheer spread to them that day and the organizers believe the event has not just been a blessing to the residents of the estate but the participants as well.