I began volunteering as a student in high school. Helping the elderly age more independently and gracefully is something I care deeply about. Today, I volunteer four to six hours on average each month. Some of the activities I participate in include helping to prepare and deliver meals with Willing Hearts and taking the elderly on trishaw rides with Cycling Without Age.
Willing Hearts operates a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks, and distributes 5,000 daily meals to more than 40 locations island wide, 365 days a year. The charity, run entirely by volunteers, serves the elderly, the disabled, low-income families, and migrant workers in Singapore.
With Cycling Without Age, I’m able to give seniors the chance to feel a part of society. We give them the right to wind in their hair, the right to experience the city and nature close up from the bicycles, and the opportunity to tell their stories in the environment where they have lived their lives.
At Symantec, my job in the legal department requires that I always think many steps ahead to figure out any potential legal obstacles and pitfalls. I find myself applying these skills when I take the elderly on trishaw rides – except that I look out for potholes and cycling hazards instead.
Volunteering can be challenging, but it’s so rewarding. I remember one project where our team of volunteers cleaned out and repainted the one-room flat of a widower who was living alone. It was horrifying to see that someone could live in such unhygienic and drastic conditions. It made me realise that we have to do more to help those who would otherwise fall through the cracks.