Touch Giving Festival 2019

We woke up earlier to participate at Touch Giving Festival 2019. Organised once a year, proceeds from the carnival and charity goes to support Touch beneficiaries.

For the first time, we joined the 4km walk and jog. Countless families walk along Kallang Basin.

There are mini obstacles along the way, and motivation posters.

Touch Giving Festival 2019
Touch Giving Festival 2019

Runners can choose to support one HOPE initiative. We chose Yellow or Child and Family.

Image credit Touch Giving Family 2019

No3 Boon Yee ran with me, while Mommy and no2 walk behind. Boon Xin sprained her ankle and waited for us at the end point.

Scenic waterfront area.

A short 45 min walk and jog. Finally, whole family is back at Singapore Sportshub area.

There are plenty of activities for young and old at the Touch Giving Festival 2019 carnival. Through the sales of coupons (for activities and food), proceeds will go towards helping Touch beneficiaries.

We are famished after the morning exercise.

More importantly, the carnival shares more about how Touch is reaching out to the community. Participants get to experience some of the “inconveniences” too.

Some of us might need emotional or physical support. You may read about another Touch initiative here (blog Meals on Wheels).

Family charity
Family charity

Through our small effort and contributions, I hope the kids can learn more about empathy. 有钱出钱 有力出力!

Each of us can bring a little change and hope for the community.    

It is always more meaningful when the whole family can contribute to charity together. You may read about our 2018 Touch Giving Family experience here.

Thank you to Touch for the meaningful invite.

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Meals on Wheels Touch Community Services

We did something special on Chinese New Year Eve 年除夕. I mobilised three chaps to help deliver meals to the elderly.

Meals on Wheels is organised by Touch Community, more details here.

Everyone is busy with work and home-cleaning, but old folks still need to have their meals.

It was a hot day. We got 16 meals to deliver before we head home for our own reunion dinner 团圆饭. Told the kids that not everyone has a family to celebrate Chinese New Year together.

I hope they get the hint that FAMILY matters.

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Tasks for kid.

They got to navigate the lifts and stairways to find the correct unit. Some blocks are U-shape and there might be up to four lifts for you to explore :p

Some help me to key in the next postal code or help me plan the “route”.
Some help me to arrange the meals in order.

Family effort 🙂

Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels

They took up the challenge, perhaps they found the experience similar to a treasure hunt? Be it sense of achievement or feel-good, I am super proud of the kids’ involvement in charity.

Along the way, we got to enjoy scenic vantage points. Example high rise city view from Bendemeer or the unique “slopes” skyline of Potong Pasir.

There are so many symmetries in our urban landscapes.    

Delivery done, we are ready to head home.
Fortunately, the rain managed to hold.

Meals on Wheels Tips:

-Enquiry at 68046565 or email homecare@touch.org.sg
Meals on Wheels website

We were delivering from Touch HQ at Toa Payoh Lorong 1 Block 173.
(delivered 16 packs to 14 homes in Bendemeer and Potong Pasir)

-Volunteers are delivering two meals per day, every day. Choose lunch or dinner delivery, each session will be 2 to 3 hours

-You can form your own group (friends or corporate), designate one driver and the rest “runners”

-Take note volunteers will absorb petrol, ERP, carpark fees etc

Two main activities for volunteers:
– packing
– delivery

-The most challenging portion is the packing. We need to ensure we pack the correct meals (example halal, non-halal ). Nobody wants to deliver the wrong meals and delay someone’s dinner

-Every group will be given a delivery list. Just GPS to the units and deliver
-If in doubt, ask. There is a mobile “hotline” if volunteers needs assistance