SINGAPORE – NTUC health is a social enterprise of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) that provides quality and affordable health and eldercare services to meet the growing needs of families in Singapore.
The NTUC Health regards elderly welfare as its top concern thus it established senior activity centers also known as “SilverACE” or drop-in centers for vulnerable elderly staying in lower-income neighborhoods.
The centers provide the elderly the opportunity to interact with their peers and provide mutual support to one another.
With Singapore’s rapidly ageing population, the facility values efforts coming from individuals and communities such as the programs rendered by Members, Church of God International(MCGI) Singapore chapter.
MCGI is one of NTUC’s active partners in organizing wellness activities for the elderly. Facility visitations of at least twice a month have been a regular routine for the group. During MCGI volunteers’ visit, the elderly are treated with songs and dance numbers as well as nutritious food. They also get to participate and enjoy the games as well as arts and crafts activities prepared for them.
On Saturday (July 28), the NTUC conferred MCGI its second Gold Award for its efforts to support the well-being of senior citizens in Singapore.
“I have been moved to see how volunteers like you can bring so much happiness to all of our seniors. Some of you have been with us for so many years while some of you have recently joined us. We count on your continued support as we serve more seniors and open new facilities,” says NTUC Health CEO Chan Su Yee, who calls volunteers as “superheroes.”
“Ang Members, Church of God International ay nagpapasalamat ng buong puso sa Dios sa mga volunteers na walang sawang sumusuporta sa ganitong gawain, gayundin po sa NTUC Health sa kanila pong pagkilala,” appreciated Jody Taligatos, an MCGI Representative.
Kuya Daniel Razon was also able to visit NTUC’s SilverACE center in Lengkok Bahru in March this year. – Maila Guevarra / Marje Pelayo