Mr Chee Chat San

RSVP Volunteer of the Year 2014
Volunteering with RSVP since 2008

  

After retiring from my job as a radio surveyor, I began living on the grounds of a church and helped out as a caretaker. With God’s grace, I have been blessed with good health hence I am able to participate in many organized mission trips. I look forward to such overseas trips where fellow volunteers would put our strength together to build homes and schools for orphaned kids. The work is tough and carried out in poor sanitary conditions but is paid off when I see the joy and delight in their faces! That warmth in my heart is like an “addiction”. I feel rewarded and wanted to do more for the less fortunate despite the hard work. 

 

In 2008, well beyond my retirement age, I joined RSVP Singapore - The Organisation of Senior Volunteers. Many volunteers are like me - proud Pioneer Generation of Singapore. We have spent many of our adult years working and it never ceases to amaze me just how much our country has grown and evolved. I was apprehensive about what we can do but decided keep myself positive. After all I do not want to be a stranger to this country which we have a part in building. 


Serving in the Changi Service Ambassador programme has re-ignited the sense of national pride in me. I have to attend various training courses in order to carry out duties which include guiding tourists and chatting with them about Singapore. Ambassadors are equipped with iPads so tourist information is available at our finger tips literally. Learning to use IT gadgets that are not made for non-savvy elderly was quite intimidating at the beginning. I am glad to have overcome the hurdles and have moved on to using social media, such as Facebook, to connect with my fellow volunteers and friends.

 

I wish more seniors can step forward to experience the joy of volunteering. Like me, at 80 years old, all you need is a willing heart, an open mind and mobility to bring blessings to many others. The world is not a perfect place but if you keep a positive outlook you can help yourself overcome life’s hurdles and also help the less fortunate to do the same. 
 

Read more on Chat San's amazing volunteering journey:

3 September 2015, The Straits Times
78 years old and an active volunteer

7 December 2014, The Straits Times
An inspiring volunteer at 76

 

 

从无线电测量师职位退下来后,我就开始以看守人的身份在一所教堂里生活。感谢上帝恩宠我一个健康的身体,让我能够参加许多使命之旅。我期待每一次的海外之旅,因为义工们都会集合力量帮助孤苦伶仃的孩子们建房子和学校。虽然这项工作艰苦,卫生坏境又恶劣,但是当我看到孩子们脸上温暖的笑容,一切都是值得的!由此,我染上了“义工瘾”。尽管幸苦,我还是想帮组那些比较不幸的人。

2008年,我加入了RSVP新加坡乐龄义工组织。我遇到了许多和我一样是骄傲的建国一代的乐龄义工。我们工作了大半辈子,而我现在还是对我们国家的发展和变化感到既惊奇又欣慰。我经常担心自己还能够为国家做些什么,但最终决定保持积极的态度面对未来。

加入RSVP的樟宜服务大使义工活动项目重新点燃了我对国家的自豪感。为了能够更好地服务大众如引导游客、向他们介绍新加坡等,我参加了不同的培训课程。樟宜大使都具有iPad的配备,这让我们能够快速地掌握旅游信息,和游客分享。刚开始学习使用IT工具对非科技娴熟的乐龄人士而言是挺吓人的。很高兴我克服了这个障碍,并且还继续使用社交媒体如脸书(Facebook),与我的志愿者同伴和朋友联系。

我希望更多的乐龄人士可以踏出第一步去体验一下当一名义工的喜悦。像我一样,虽然已经80岁,但是只要你有一颗愿意付出的心和开放的心态,你就能够为很多有需要的人带来希望。世界上没有一个地方是完美的,但如果你保持积极的态度,你不仅可以帮助自己克服生活中的困难,还可以帮助改善那些不幸的人的生活。