The Community Outreach programme of the Mangala Vihara Dhamma Fellowship reached out to the senior citizens of Eunos Crescent and brought Chinese New Year cheers and joy and shared with them. The year of dog zodiac sign falls on February 16th and 17th and we visited them on February 4th 2018.
The fifteen volunteers who participated in visits comprised of: Brothers Alex Lim, Chin Kee Thou, David Chua, Hing Sing Huat, Seah Kok Hong, Raymond Yow and Yeap Cheow Soon. Sisters Alice Lim, Chan Wan May, Cheng Seow Eng, Cynthia Tan, Lee Mee Yin, Ong Gek Chew, Roslyn Lee and Suriaty “Sue” Simon.
We visited four families with two living at apartment Block 12 and one family residing at Block 2. An ex-resident of Block 2 is now residing at a nursing home and we did not forget him.
We presented them the usual necessity and food stuff comprised of toiletries like tooth brush, tooth paste, face and bath towels. Dairy products, beverages and cereals like milk powder for the elderly, milo, coffee, kaya spread, instant oats, mixed cereals, and instant noodles. Traditional Chinese New Year goodies like pineapple tarts, peanut cookies love letters, chocolate, candy and the-must-have mandarin oranges. Sundry items like medicated plaster, muscle rub ointment were also included.
In addition each family member received the traditional “ang pow” or red packet with a token cash amount of $50 inside.
Celebrating the New Year sometimes also mean wearing new clothing and having a new haircut. Sister Suriyami and Sister Rosminawen gladly rendered their service and trimmed the hair for the Low family.
We have not forgotten Mr Gan and Brother Yeap Soon Cheow and Sister Chen Seow Eng made a detour after the visits to the three families and visited a him who now resides in a nursing home to present his share of the goodie bag.
It has been an annual event of the Community Outlook programme and we do hope to keep the tradition going for as long as possible but keeping in mind the true nature impermanence or annica when “whatever exists here on earth and in space, comprised by form, included in the world – everything impermanent decays. The saga fare having pierced the truth.” (AN.1, 712). We will have to take it in good faith as we move along while looking forward to the next Chinese New Year visit.
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
Contributor: Chin Kee Thou
Date: February 5th 2018
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