Hong Kong, Singapore: Togetherness
All around the world, there are elderly people who are isolated due to dependence, the loss of a partner, illness, poverty, the rapid expansion of digital technology, etc. Employees at BYME Hong Kong and Dragages Singapore have made it their mission to help them in their day-to-day lives, to reconnect them with society and bring them a bit of joy and comfort.
In Hong Kong, a number of initiatives have been set up. A home maintenance team has been created to help the most underprivileged people repair their electrical appliances and prevent domestic accidents. The aim is also to improve their living conditions by providing packets of rice and discount vouchers.
During the Mid-Autumn Festival, lucky bags were handed out at a retirement home by volunteers, who also organised games and songs, much to the delight of the home’s 50 elderly residents.
In Singapore, a festive meal was organised for isolated residents at a nursing home to celebrate Chinese New Year. Gifts were handed out to the residents, who were also treated to a show.
Our children may well be the future, but a society that looks after its elderly people is a more humane one. And for employees, such events are memorable times of sharing!
Facts & figures
BYME HONG KONG
Social cohesion & solidarity
- 71 voluntary employees
Over 250 hours of volunteering
200 lucky bags distributed
- More than 70 elderly people supported
A Drop of Life
Hong Kong Family Welfare Society
Kolam Ayer, PEACE-Connect, King George’s Senior Activity Centre, Kreta Ayer, Bendemeer Secondary School