As part of HDB Community Week 2019, which launched on 25th May to celebrate community in the heartlands, Singapore Pools staff helped to clean up the homes of elderly for Broom It! Day on 29th May.
Broom It! Day is an event under Project SPHERE (Students, Singapore Pools and HDB Enriching and Reaching Out to the Elderly), a community programme initiated by HDB and supported by Singapore Pools, Tote Board, and Nippon Paint (Singapore) to reach out to seniors in the society. 10 Singapore Pools staff partnered with 320 students from Edgefield Secondary School to volunteer in mass spring-cleaning sessions in 10 homes of needy elderly living in HDB rental flats, especially in chores that they find difficult to manage on their own, such as cleaning windows, washing the toilet and mopping the floor, so as to enhance the quality of their lives.
As part of the project, EASY tables were also distributed to the elderly rental households. The EASY tables, sponsored by Singapore Pools, were specially made with elderly-friendly features by ITE College Central's Product Design Faculty students that aids the residents in having a more convenient home environment.
In addition, the student volunteers engaged the seniors in a photo frame painting workshop during the event, breaking the Singapore Book of Records for the largest collage of hand painted photo frames with 400 painted photo frames in total. Singapore Pools received a certificate from the Singapore Book of Records for this achievement.
Apart from Broom It! Day, Project SPHERE Spring Cleaning also happened on 31st May in Teck Whye. The EASY Tables, courtesy of Singapore Pools, were similarly distributed to rental households of elderly.
Project SPHERE encourages intergenerational bonding between our youth and elderly, brings more cheer to those in need, and strengthens their care, commitment and compassion for others. With the community at the heart of all that we do, Singapore Pools strongly believes Project SPHERE is a positive step towards the formation of an inclusive community.