The Eusoff Voluntary Corp Elderly Service is a group of around 20 Eusoff Hall residents who devote part of their weekends to taking care of elderly folk around the Chin Swee Road area, near Singapore’s Chinatown. Every year, they deliver 2,000 packets of food to these elderly folk and spend almost 1,300 man hours offering friendship, helping with housekeeping and chores and even accompanying the elderly to hospital appointments.
Lim Shu Hui, Eusoff Voluntary Corp (EVC) Interim Head, explains her commitment: “I do this as I don’t think enough people are helping older folk. I felt I should step up and do something. We really do need people to help.”
Her altruistic outlook is shared by her fellow volunteer Gwendolyn Wong, who says: “It is a good way to spend time. Just giving more love to more people. I will continue to do it as long as I have the chance.”
Shui Hui’s community spirit has also given her an insight into how lonely other people’s lives can be. “When I first started volunteering, I visited this old man two times. On my third visit, he had been hospitalised with serious illness and he later died. We had to help to get in touch with his family. But, they were not close to him and left it to us to deal with all his belongings,” she says.
And, to anyone considering doing volunteer work, Shui Hui offers a few words of wisdom: “I would encourage others to give their time to do this sort of thing. You should help those unfortunate people – you might end up like that one day and you’ll also need someone to be there to take care of you.”
The EVC also includes another team of students who visit The Haven, a Salvation Army residential home for abandoned, abused and neglected children, twice a week.
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