Volunteers bring with them different skills, experience and knowledge when lending us a helping hand. In appreciation of their time and effort, we invited our volunteers to lunch on 8 December 2018.
In the last financial year, 4,320 volunteers spent over 20,000 man hours assisting SPD in fulfilling our mission. In appreciation of their time and effort, we invited our volunteers to lunch on 8 December 2018. About 180 volunteers turned up to enjoy an 8-course lunch at Ban Heng @ Orchard Central.
Volunteers at lunch
This year, we held an inaugural awards ceremony to thank our long serving volunteers, corporates and interest groups that have been passionate and committed to supporting SPD’s work. The awards were presented to six volunteers as well as the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Freedom Adventure Club, Singapore Soka Association and VocalHeart for supporting SPD for 10 years and more, and 19 volunteers who have contributed more than 36 hours of their time with us in 2018.
Volunteers had fun at table games
As part of the programme for the day, clients from our Day Activity Centre (DAC) showed their appreciation by dressing up to the Christmas theme and performing songs to add to the joyous atmosphere.
DAC clients putting up a song performance
Ms Poh Gwat Eng, who has been helping us with fundraising and administrative work since 2006, shared her thoughts on why she has continued to be supportive of SPD.
“I believe all SPD staff have been working hard and have done a good job. I appreciate the lunch. There is synergy between us and I will continue to volunteer as long as I am needed.”
Our passionate volunteers
Mr Sakthivel, LTA’s Senior Manager for Community Partnership & Development, shared the same sentiment and more.
“Volunteering with SPD is meaningful and we are glad that the SPD clients enjoy themselves whenever we bring them away from their routines for outings. Their smiles encourage us to continue volunteering. The SPD staff have been very helpful and knowledgeable. We learnt skills such as communicating with people with disabilities and how to help them, which we can use when we see someone in need in our everyday lives.”
Thank you, volunteers, for giving us so much of yourselves to improve the lives of people with disabilities. We look forward to your continuous support!