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

 

 

The Giving Family Festival 2018

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The Giving Family Festival is an annual event from Touch Community.

To quote from them “At the Festival, you can play together with your loved ones and develop intergenerational bonds – all while giving back to society!”

The Giving Family Festival 2018
The Giving Family Festival 2018

Last weekend, we joined many other families to support Touch Community’s initiative.

Visitors can buy coupons for the carnival games, food and experiences, and the proceeds then benefits Touch Community’s beneficiaries.

There was  a Carnival-like festival at Singapore Sports Hub.

 

For our kids, it was an opportunity to know more about how Touch Community is running their outreach campaign and initiatives.

Ok, we admit kids enjoyed the carnival games too.

Panels and booths help raise awareness about Touch Community organisation and how they help the community.

Earlier on Sat, a special run “Run & Raisin” had kids participating to help raise more money and awareness. Many families are struggling to make ends meet, and every little drop of donation helps.

Be it a simple meal, academic coaching or other development aids. kids should not be disadvantaged by their family background.

Image credit Touch Community

Nerf Gun is a regular event at The Giving Family Festival, so glad that we finally book a slot. Kids, Nerf guns, and we need to take down the enemies.

Nerf War is always exciting and fun. Tiring too.

The downcast sky threaten to derail the event, but fortunately only drizzle a little bit. This allow more families to enjoy the day out.

What would your kids love? Merry-Go-Round, Pirate Boat, or train ride?

There was something for kids of all ages and families.

Bouncing castle would be “happening” for the little ones.

Bouncing castle is too childish for our kids, but they are into arcade activities.

 

We were not very lucky in 2017, but we scored more in 2018.
We gave out two “pets” to fellow visitors, always good to share more Happiness around 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

There are live band performances and even movie screening too.

Food and drinks are indoor inside Kallang Wave. While we enjoyed our snacks, we can watch folks rock-climbing and enjoy the aircon.

Do pop by our 2017 The Giving Family Festival here.

Thank you Touch for the invitation. Through constant engagements, I hope my kids and more families will appreciate the need to give back to society.

Perhaps they will help me to deliver food to needy families one day.

Do follow Touch for more community outreach campaigns and volunteering opportunities.
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