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The grey-haired man excitedly showed us the treasures he accumulated since his younger years, “I’ve kept almost every single record of my blood donation journey. Look! There’s even one donor card issued by the Singapore Red Cross!” Mr Yeo Khee Gee, 70, was a regular blood donor for almost three-quarters of his life. He was also a pioneer organiser of the Blood Drive at Braddell Heights Zone D Residents’ Committee and is currently volunteering actively there.

As he show us his personal archive at the Blood Donor Recruitment Programme office, we couldn’t help but asked him to share his story. “I made my first donation in 1967, and in 1972, I experienced a bad traffic accident which I had fortunately survived unscathed. I made a vow then to continue giving blood until I could give no more. I’ve kept this promise for 45 years, and finally reached 144 donations this year.”

At Braddell Heights Zone D RC’s blood drives, you will find Mr Yeo busy greeting residents and thanking donors; and he has been doing that for almost all of them! He had always wanted to give back to the society and being active in the RC activities was one way he could contribute. Thank you Mr Yeo, for your dedication to the National Blood Programme!

By Sondra Foo, Corporate Communications and Marketing
Photo by Rachel Heng, Singapore Red Cross Academy

Today, some 70 staff of the Red Cross Home for the Disabled (RCHD) provide quality care to about 100 residents with multiple disabilities to ensure their physical, mental, emotional and social well-being.

Every year, Singapore Red Cross (SRC) needs to raise over $848,000 to effectively run the operations of RCHD. Expenses include the purchase of milk, diapers and wheelchairs, particularly for families that are unable to pay for these items.

To alleviate the families’ financial burden, SRC initiated the RCHD Residents Adoption Programme to provide corporates and individuals with the opportunity to lighten the financial burdens of families which are unable to pay for the essentials.

There are three tiers for adopters to select from based on your budget.

“The financial assistance will help such families as they can channel their limited cash to meet the families’ other needs,” explained Serene Chia, Director, Red Cross Home for the Disabled.

But beyond providing financial aid, this programme is also aimed at addressing the emotional and psychological needs of the residents.

“This programme is based on the principle that everyone deserves a friend; someone whom he or she can identify and connect with. Both the residents and adopters need friendship. Often, volunteers feel overwhelmed when they see so many residents; they do not know where to start. This programme provides a platform for volunteers to start caring for one resident,” explained Serene.

In this programme, adopters will need to commit for a one-year period to ensure that our residents and their families are assured of sustainable financial assistance for the coming year. Residents are pre-selected in this programme in order that all the residents, regardless of popularity, will get an equal opportunity to be loved and cared for.

To find out more about adopting a resident, please call the Red Cross Home for the Disabled at 6762 1029 or email RCHD.

Ashurst LLP, an international law firm, was the first adopter of the ‘Share Your Love Adoption Programme’. Ashurst adopted Phyllis Lim in April this year and will support Phyllis’ diapers, toiletries and clothings for a year.

“Adopting a resident is a good way of helping families with needs. Remembering those who are less privileged is an important part of being a citizen of society. It feels good to contribute time and give back to society. We visited and interacted with Phyllis in April,” shared Shen Mei Bolton, 27, a Legal Consultant with Ashurst LLP. Besides this, Ashurst employees also committed to visiting beneficiaries monthly via the FoodAid service.

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