The Parents’ Action for Community and Education (PACE) has had a busy first half-term of the 2017/2018 academic year, hosting two festive celebrations at HCA Hospice for patients.
Mid Autumn Festival (September 22, 2017)
Anna Tan Chiaw Sze led a mooncake making workshop. Anna is no stranger to PACE, having been a regular supporter of our organisation. Earlier this year, she conducted two courses in jewellery making for the UWCSEA East Chinese community - part of the proceeds of which were donated to PACE. She had likewise volunteered as a guide in one of PACE Activities' Katong/Joo Chiat walking tours.
Patients and volunteers alike were so eager to participate in this particular craft activity. HCA's very own Madam Ng, who launched her very own cookbook earlier this year, even came prepared with her very own molds! Parent volunteer numbers added up to almost 50 - a record for PACE Local Outreach. Most of the group belonged to the UWCSEA East Chinese parent community who are 'regulars' at the hospice - thanks largely to Carol Lam who always pulls them in to help in our events. Some volunteers were eager to learn and help the patients create the beautiful mooncakes while the rest of us had our hands full creating Chinese lanterns out of CNY red packets. If you have surplus hongbao envelopes during the CNY season, try these out: these lanterns are so easy to create!
Deepavali Celebration (October 6, 2017) The UWCSEA Dover Indian parent community hosted our annual Deepavali celebration at the hospice. It was an action-packed morning. Upon arrival, the patients were presented with flower bracelets and bindis. They were served a yummy breakfast of samosas, idly and chutney and shaker padas. Two craft activities served as our main event: decorating CDs; and painting tea light holders. I have to hand it to the patients who are always meticulous in their craft work: they were all so beautifully done! The morning event was capped with a scarf demonstration and dance that guaranteed maximum patient participation. It was a great morning for everyone. The new volunteers, were forthcoming in their praises, having found the whole experience "inspiring and touching". This only encourages us at PACE Local Outreach to keep up with our efforts in bringing joy to the HCA Day Hospice patients during our visits.
We are grateful to the Indian mums who heeded our call for UWCSEA's various nationality groups to hold a cultural showcase as a day of service at the hospice for their respective communities. Special mention goes out to Poonam Suri, Akshi Sarin, Ravina Kirpalani and Dahlia Ghosh for all their organisation and Pushpa Venkatraman (who was unfortunately ill that week) but lent all her scarves for our showstopping dance.
Come and join our local outreach programme and discover the rewards of hands-on service work. For more information, please email PACE.