Turning a new leaf

Turning a new leaf

David Pattiselanno was leading a very active life till an accident made him take a different road. BY: Eleanor Yap David Pattiselanno, 81, was a bit of a daredevil when younger. There wasn’t a challenge he wasn’t up to. In 1960s, thanks to his younger brother’s...
A man on a mission

A man on a mission

Cyril Ong has found meaning in his life and he is on a mission to help as many people as he can. BY: Eleanor Yap Things were a lot different for Cyril Ong, 72, many years ago. He didn’t get to spend as much time with his family as he worked in the US for a life...
Forever youthful

Forever youthful

It is not just about diet, it encompasses a whole lot more, shared a 59-year-old advocate of “holistic wealth”. BY: Perine Seah What is ageing? What does it mean to you? To me, it is not about a chronological number nor physical degeneration but rather...
“Re-tyring” with a purpose

“Re-tyring” with a purpose

RSVP Singapore launches new initiative to engage seniors in workplaces.   To encourage more seniors to serve the community, non-profit organisation RSVP Singapore has launched a pre-retirement initiative in Singapore targeted at employees 45 years and above....
Social volunteering network

Social volunteering network

A new Web app has come out where volunteers can do tasks for the needy or you can request help personally.   If you are looking for help to fix your computer or even get someone to accompany your loved one to the hospital, you might want to consider using a new...
Destined to serve

Destined to serve

It was chance that brought Priscilla Theseira to a career in special education and she hasn’t looked back since. BY: Eleanor Yap Priscilla Theseira accidentally chanced upon a career in special education and from that time, she has never looked back. “I was a...
Senior volunteers create e-learning programme

Senior volunteers create e-learning programme

RSVP Singapore launches e-learning module to encourage seniors to learn and embrace technology. Voluntary welfare organisation (VWO) RSVP Singapore has developed an e-learning programme with senior volunteers and staff. The first of its kind, the programme aims to...
Youth of the Labour Movement give back

Youth of the Labour Movement give back

A new initiative empowers the youth to start meaningful projects for the community and make a difference.   Seniors and other beneficiaries and causes are being reached out to by a new initiative by the youth wing of the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC)...
Giving back

Giving back

Growing up poor motivates this 65-year-old to give back. BY: Marilyn Peh When police and civil defence personnel converged at a neighbouring block one evening two months ago, 65-year-old Annie Lim rushed to the scene immediately. No, she wasn’t acting out of kaypoh...
Giving in the golden years

Giving in the golden years

RSVP’s Ngiam Tong Yuen takes home the first volunteerism award for seniors during the annual President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards.   Ngiam Tong Yuen, who has served on RSVP Singapore’s Board of Management for over 10 years and is currently the 1st...
The oldest SEA Games volunteer

The oldest SEA Games volunteer

At 87, Joseph Tan is still out and about, and couldn’t be happier to serve society. BY: Eleanor Yap Professional photographer Joseph K.S. Tan, 87, was the oldest volunteer for this year’s 28th South-east Asian (SEA) Games which was held in Singapore in...
Scaling up of volunteer event

Scaling up of volunteer event

RSVP Singapore is going beyond a week of promoting senior volunteerism.   Seniors now have more opportunities to volunteer island-wide and they can do so from now till October. RSVP Singapore is scaling up its annual event Senior Volunteer Week to a National...
The old times

The old times

As a cash register technician, Wee Char Lee has seen how machines have evolved – from mechanical to now electronic. And his job was not all that safe either during his time. BY: Eleanor Yap Wee Char Lee, 87, has seen technology evolve from mechanical to...
The walking “encyclopedia”

The walking “encyclopedia”

Spending 40 years teaching at various schools, Lee Meng Chew uses her skills as a volunteer at the Science Centre Singapore to educate visitors. BY: Eleanor Yap Lee Meng Chew, 74, is putting her skills as a teacher to good use as a volunteer at Science Centre...