As food supplies started to run out, many of us flocked to supermarkets to buy them and still struggled to buy our daily necessities. The situation was even worse for the vulnerable elderly, given their lack of mobility and the heightened risks of contracting the virus in crowded places. This is what propelled #SGStrong grantee Jonathan Tan to help 115 elderly in Telok Blangah by delivering daily necessities.
“With the ongoing COVID-19, elderly who stay in rental flats are particularly vulnerable and may fear to go out as they are more susceptible to the virus. The Lions Club of Singapore Katong wants to support them during this COVID-19 and share our love with them.”
On top of groceries and meals, Jonathan also included hand sanitisers and surgical masks – a crucial necessity for the elderly amidst this pandemic. Assembling a team of volunteers that includes his own family, Jonathan has not only shown his care to the elderly, but has also proven that a united community can do so much.
“Community involvement does not depend on the Government, the Non-Government Organisations and Voluntary Welfare Organisations. Each of us can play our part. Any project regardless of the scale can make an impact to the community. Be bold, step out of your comfort zone and make a change in the community “
We hope that Jonathan’s project will inspire you to continue to look out for your neighbours during this trying time, especially the more vulnerable. Together, we are stronger than COVID-19.