A workout session, canvas bag painting, games, live music and a singalong – these were some of the activities which 39 elderly from the SARAH Seniors Activity Centre (SAC) enjoyed on Saturday, 14 March 2015.
With an aim to share the love of God with senior residents in our community, 38 volunteers from our Outreach Ministry — an active partner of SARAH SAC since 2014 — participated in this meaningful event. Providing social and recreational activities for the underprivileged elderly staying at Blocks 104, 105 and 106 of Jalan Bukit Merah, SARAH SAC serves as a resource centre for social services and a crisis monitoring centre for the vulnerable elderly staying in its vicinity.
It was love in action as our volunteers visited the homes of wheelchair-bound elderly and wheeled them to the centre personally. The event began with an upbeat workout session led by the games emcee, followed by fun ice-breaker games which saw active participation from the elderly.
Another programme highlight was canvas bag painting where each participant get to hand paint and customise their own canvas bag. From paintings of cartoon bees to cheerful balloons, it was evident from their designs that these elderly folks possessed much creativity!
Our volunteers lending a helping hand during the canvas bag painting activity
Fully immersed in painting their own bags
Colourful artworks by the participants
With light-hearted banter, our volunteers also cajoled the elderly residents to join in and sing along to the tune of familiar Hokkien songs and Chinese oldies. In addition, our volunteers put up a special live guitar performance with uplifting praise and worship songs to usher in the presence of Jesus.
With hands lifted up - the elderly enjoying a time of fellowship with our volunteers
As the event drew to a close, each participant was blessed with a goodie bag, a Polaroid photo and a wallet-sized Psalm 91 verse card to remind them of God’s love, care and protection over them.
Mr Gan, a regular visitor to the SAC, was visibly touched by the love shown. He went round to collect the volunteers’ signatures on his Psalm 91 verse card as a momento of their afternoon together. “I am very glad and appreciative of the time and efforts put in by these volunteers to organise this event,” shared Mr Gan. “I really hope to see them again!”