We had the opportunity to partner several corporate companies throughout the year, who kindly sponsored various activities and outings for the elders in our EPICC programmes.
1) Outing to S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa
5th April was an extraordinary day for the elders at EPICC Tiong Bahru. 26 of them were brought on an outing to the S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa by staff members from Pegasus Travel Management.
They had a good time exchanging stories and chatting among themselves as they marvelled at the colourful corals, different species of fishes and mysterious deep sea creatures in the aquarium.
2) Drum Circle at Whampoa organised by Becton Dickinson (BD)
On 17 August a group of 20 volunteers from BD visited the EPICC elders at ComSA Whampoa. They had the opportunity to partner the elders in a music workshop that featured different percussion instruments.
The drumming session provided a platform for the volunteers to interact with the elders despite having some initial language barriers. It didn’t take long for everyone to enjoy being in sync and making music together.
3) Prudential Chairman’s Challenge
As part of the Prudential Chairman’s Challenge project, Prudential employees are encouraged to participate in volunteering activities to help in an identified cause within their local community.
For this year’s project, some 174 volunteers from Prudential Singapore organised and participated in four engagement activities for the elders at both EPICC centres.
The first was a mini carnival held on 24 August at Prudential Tower. There, the elders were treated to game stalls, made their own music instruments and grooved along in a mass sing along session.
On 13 September, the Prudential volunteers brought the elders out to Gardens by The Bay. It was an amazing experience for the elders as they saw the sunflower display at the Flower Dome.
A week later on 20 September, the elders participated in a massive drumming workshop with the volunteers. This segment was facilitated by local percussion group, One Heartbeat. The last of the engagements was held on 11 October where we had an art and craft session. Volunteers were paired up with each elder to assist them in creating their own ceramics pieces or dreamcatchers.
Encouraged by the success of these engagements, we hope to build more strategic partnerships with corporate companies moving forward. We would like to develop a sustained relationship with their volunteers and continue with more activities to improve the well-being of our elders at the EPICC centres.