Soo Pong shares her motivations behind setting up her own YouTube channel teaching Hainanese cuisine. She also talks about her experience volunteering and sharing her knowledge as a Cyberguide and in Gourmet Activity Circle with RSVP.
Some grandparents, through their actions, also weave experiences and values for the younger generation to think and act upon. This is Mr. Gurdip Singh, grandfather to three young children and a 67-year young passionate volunteer.
Having recently retired, Jimmy’s advice to his fellow seniors is to be active. Don’t let his age fool you. He was not into sports when he was younger, but now he is able to run in The Straits Times Run and the vertical marathon!
Martha shares a special connection with the seniors she “buddies”. She acknowledges that it is not easy to look after the elderly and that one must have patience, passion and endurance. But she tells herself that she is these clients’ “third ear”. Martha is one of RSVP’s volunteers in the MyBuddy programme.
A people person, Malligesvari wanted to help in any way she can. She started volunteering as a Senior Guide, where her knowledge of various languages came in handy with visitors. She then branched out into the Mentoring Programme, helping at-risk youths in primary school.
Lik Kwok found joy in volunteering before he retired, when he was working in operations at a supermarket chain. As part of the company’s CSR culture, he and his colleagues were engaged in several community programmes. After retirement, he joined RSVP in 2017 and now wears many hats.
Influenced by this father’s selflessness when he was younger, Juay Meng has made it a point to actively volunteer by contributing his knowledge, skills and services to several professional bodies and organisations for over 30 years. He now sits on the Board of RSVP Singapore as its Chairman.
Sunny Chan is a familiar sight at RSVP. In a day, he could be taking apart old computers, discussing IT issues with volunteers, and enjoying lunch purchased from a nearby coffeeshop. But once you manage to catch the ever-busy man for a chat, he would regale you with the wonders and possibilities for IT.
Linda confesses that the joy of volunteering may be a foreign concept to admin professionals like her who spent most of their time behind a desk. Nonetheless, she feels inspired and encouraged when she sees others who have very little but still giving what they can.
Khartini Longpoetih first started volunteering at the age of 62. She had just retired from her job as a personal assistant to regional senior management in an MNC, and after a short break decided to volunteer as it was always in her mind to do so at some point. Khartini was accompanying her new teammates to a mentoring session at Lakeside Primary School…..
A self-confessed perfectionist, Elaine cooks to please and nourish people. She is passionate about creating time-tested recipes and sharing them with friends and family. Her keen interest in cooking led her to be one of the pioneer members of RSVP’s Gourmet Activity Circle (GAC) in October 2013.
A golfing accident in 2011 left Malar close to paralysis. Doctors said she had only a 10 percent chance of walking again. But less than a year later, she was doing more than just walking – the energetic lady was dancing at Ang Mo Kio Thye Hua Kwan Community Hospital’s annual Christmas celebration.
June first heard about RSVP in the local newspaper. Upon her retirement in 2007, she decided to find out more about RSVP. After attending some talks at RSVP, she decided to get involved in volunteering. She now befriends socially isolated seniors in SACs and leads drawing classes at RSVP’s centre.
After retiring in 2015, Evelyn decided to find a part time job to stay active. She decided to do more for herself, and wanted to keep herself occupied. Realising that her schedule did not allow her to volunteer regularly, Evelyn decided to volunteer through ad-hoc activities under RSVP’s Episodic Volunteering programme.
Volunteering is part and parcel of her life. Even when Noor decided to take up an early retirement from a hectic work-life at the age of 46, she wanted to keep herself occupied and active. A multi-faceted person, Noor contributes her skills as a trainer and guide to RSVP’s Cyberguide and Senior Guiding Programmes.
After retiring from his hectic work life in 2002, Morni wanted more free time for himself. At the same time, he wanted to be healthy both physically and mentally, hence volunteering was a good option. He was introduced to RSVP by his son and daughter-in-law in 2011, and has not looked back since.
Chong Kian knew about RSVP after attending one of its events. After serving in the Singapore Police Force for 30 years, he now finds joy in befriending socially isolated seniors in SACs. To him, volunteering keeps him active as he has to take up new skills such as line dancing and singing!
After his retirement in 2005, with persuasion from friends and relatives, Pit Seng decided to give back to society. The former lab manager at Changi General Hospital now is an active volunteer at RSVP, be it leading the karaoke activity circle, or being the emcee for RSVP’s many events.
Upon retiring from the civil service in 2010, Bock Seng thought to himself: “Since I don’t have any financial burdens and have plenty of time on my hands, why not do volunteer work?”. This led him on his volunteering journey befriending elderly patients who have been discharged from hospitals.
In 2008, Grace read about the Silver Infocomm Day held at Singapore Polytechnic in the newspaper and went to RSVP Singapore to register for the Basic Computer course. A year later, Grace became an Assistant Trainer in RSVP’s Cyberguide programme, guiding seniors much like herself in IT.
When Chin Wang initially attended computer classes at RSVP, she was a computer literate, and felt lost most of the time. But with the help of the trainers, she was able to pick up the skills gradually. In late 2007, she has come full circle and now teach seniors like herself as a Trainer in RSVP’s Cyberguide programme.
Through volunteering as a guide, May has had the chance to meet people from all walks of life. She enjoys helping others in need, and seeing them happy makes her feel happy too. In addition to keeping her mind active, May has made a lot of friends and learnt a lot along the way.
In 2008, Chat San joined RSVP Singapore. He felt that many volunteers are like him and wanted to be part of a country which they had a part in building. Having spent many of his adult years working, it never ceased to amaze him just how much the country has grown and evolved.
Amidah had wanted to volunteer but due to family commitments, she was unable to commit the time. In 2014, when she had more time on her hands, she chanced upon RSVP in the local paper and immediately volunteered in three of its programmes. One of the programmes she volunteers in is MDOP.