Christmas with a Cause: Let's Beat Diabetes
On December 30, 2017 (Saturday), staff at Family Services @ Teck Ghee under AMKFSC and the residents in the Friends ‘n’ Neighbours initiative at the satellite centre came together to host Christmas with a Cause: Let’s Beat Diabetes.
The F ‘n’ N ambassadors took a month to conceptualise and plan the programmes at the event. One of the participants, Madam Vanessa, even took the lead and contacted sponsors, who donated in kind to support the vulnerable families living around the area.
The sponsors included Abbott Laboratories (S) Pte. Ltd., Abbott Nutrition International Singapore, Delcie’s Desserts and Cakes Pte Ltd, ExplorerKids, Faesol Pte. Ltd., Food from the Heart, Gardenia Foods (S) Pte Ltd, JAL Medical (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Landmark Community Services, Mighty Sprouts, SteriShoe+, Teck Ghee Zone J Residents Committee and The Big Mama Events Pte Ltd.
The Health Promotion Board also conducted an educational talk on diabetes, providing everyone tips on living a healthy lifestyle.
Volunteers from ITE College Central and Ngee Ann Polytechnic helped out at the event, as children decorated gingerbread men and folded bookmarks for the chance to win Best Decorator and Best Bookmark. Volunteers also helped out. Food was provided, and the residents mingled with one another as they ate. But it was the various lucky draws that attracted the loudest cheers. No matter who won, the residents clapped and shared the winners’ joy.
At 3.30pm, the event ended with a cake-cutting ceremony. The cake, which was suitable for people for diabetes, was ordered specially, befitting of the event’s theme.
Launched in January 2017, the Friends ‘n’ Neighbours (F‘n’N) initiative is a collaborative programme where residents from identified vulnerable housing areas meet with social workers once a month, to address and work on identified issues within the community.