Volunteers and Partners Appreciation Night 2016
There were no better sights and sounds than genuinely surprised looks and hearty laughter, when volunteers and partners were called to go up the stage to receive commemorative plaques at AMKFSC Community Services’ annual Volunteers and Partners Appreciation Night.
Held at Thomson Community Club on January 29 (Friday), more than 200 people attended the event to celebrate the agency’s volunteers and partners’ contributions in the last year.
Children at Ang Mo Kio BASIC opened the night with an energetic and sizzling performance to the songs ‘Bang Bang Bang’ and ‘Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)’, before Dr Ang Seng Bin, AMKFSC Community Services’ Vice Chairman, took stage to share how volunteers and partners play a part in enhancing the beneficiaries’ lives.
For instance, volunteers from Standard Chartered visited the elderly at COMNET Senior Service each month to spend time befriending them and playing mass bingo. Another example is NCS Pte Ltd, who organised a trip for children in the BASIC programme, helped out at the NCS Charity Carnival, and played Santa during the Adopt-a-Family day.
Senior Minister of State Mrs Josephine Teo, the Guest-of-Honour for the event, then launched Recipe Retrospective, together with Dr Ang, AMKFSC Community Services’ CEO Dr Vincent Ng and Nanyang Polytechnic lecturer Miss Jocelyn Tan.
Recipe Retrospective is a cookbook, containing a wealth of recipes from the Pioneer Generation. When working with the elderly at COMNET Senior Service, six students from the Diploma of Social Sciences (Social Work) at the Nanyang Polytechnic initiated the project, to tell their untold stories.
And what better way than to weave these tales into food? Eating is, after all, a local pastime. The students meticulously interviewed 15 seniors, and documented their cooking processes in words and pictures. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, and Mr Cyril Chua, Chairman of AMKFSC Community Services, each wrote a foreword; while Mrs Josephine Teo contributed a recipe ‘Abacus Seeds’, which was handed down by her grandmother.
In his closing speech, Dr Ng once again thanked volunteers and partners for their contributions in the past year. He also spoke of his hopes of having “50 tables next year”, urging volunteers and partners to share their positive experiences with their family and friends, and recruit them into joining the cause.
Before the night came to a close, everyone came together for a group photo, before each left for home with a Recipe Retrospective under their arm.