Hope Community Services and Mrs. Singapore beauty queens joined forces to honor the elderly through a day of cheer and laughter.
Contributed By Joselito Lalicon
On July 24, contestants of this year’s Mrs. Singapore beauty pageant hosted an event for 160 senior citizens, providing them with food, entertainment and goodie bags at Hope Community Services Centre.
The vision of HCS is to seek out and lend a helping hand to the needy and poor, and see their lives transformed holistically, regardless of race, religion, or gender. With this in mind, the welfare organization has conducted blood donation drives, community bonding carnivals, parenting talks, and health screenings. It also grants financial assistance to needy families, and operates three kindergartens in Tampines, Choa Chu Kang and Sembawang.
The program started with an opening address by Andrew Chay from HCS, followed by speeches from Kenny Santika, Mrs. Singapore World 2010, and Angie Ang, Classic Mrs. Singapore 2010 and HCS’s Community Ambassador 2010. Santika and Ang were there to represent ERM World Marketing, who were the joint organizers of this community event.
The elderly participants were delighted by a Chinese Opera performance and a talent show put up by several contestants from the Miss Singapore 2010 beauty pageant.
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During the performances, lunch sponsored by the famous Katong Laksa and Swensen’s ice cream was served by pageant contestants. 30 lucky draw prizes were also given out to the elderly by the Mrs. Singapore beauty queens. Birthdays of those born in the month of July were celebrated, and the event ended with the distribution of goodie bags, with items sponsored by Lumiere.
It was a fruitful partnership between HCS and the Mrs. Singapore 2010 pageant organizing committee, with the latter having spent much time and effort in preparing and organizing the event.
Since October 2008, HCS has successfully launched several community programs including: YES! Generation, which reaches out to latchkey children through social activities and academic coaching; Ray Of Hope catering to the elderly at All Saints Home & Society for the Aged Sick; Hope On Wheels providing tangible help to needy families that are less mobile; a Senior Activity Centre where the elderly engage in games and activities; and H.E.L.P, working with the Lion Befrienders to bring holistic help to the elderly. HCS has also hosted an annual Care & Share event, where thousands of poor elderly have been fed, entertained, and given basic necessities in a program catered to honor and show appreciation to them.
With the success of this event, HCS is looking forward to future partnerships with ERM later this year as it continues to reach out and serve the poor and needy elderly of Singapore.