VOLUNTEER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS AUGUST
In 2014, Singapore-based social enterprise ACE Seniors put forth an ambitious goal: to create a national movement of bringing National Day celebrations to 60 nursing homes and community hospitals by 2030.
On select days in August, various locations across the island come alive with the sights and sounds of the National Day Parade. The parade is imagined as a carnival, where food and game booths of yesteryears line the halls, while familiar tunes fill the event space with echoes of nostalgia. Our senior residents, staff, and volunteers alike are also treated to various performances and live telecasts of the National Day parade.
Since our first celebration at Bright Vision Hospital in 2014, the national movement has grown from strength to strength. From a single beneficiary in 2014 to 21 in 2019, our recent celebrations were also graced by Members of Parliament and featured on local news publications.
This year marks a vastly different celebration due to COVID-19. Large scale celebrations are no longer a possibility given safe distancing measures, especially critical for one of Singapore’s most vulnerable demographic – our seniors confined in nursing homes.
Keeping the spirit of National Day alive during these challenging times, ACE Seniors is raising funds for special care packs and a favourite hawker meal for each of 6,200 frail seniors residing in 23 nursing homes and community hospitals. A $15 donation provides this gift package to one senior.
As we enter the new normal, let us not forget our pioneer generation. Together, we can shine love and a hopeful light in the darkest of days. Together, A Stronger Singapore.