Rid­ing on Wheels Of Love

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Mo­tor­cy­cle char­ity ride event works with com­mu­nity club, spon­sors to bring joy to nurs­ing home res­i­dents

The in­ter­ac­tion with the Swami Home res­i­dents is as equally vi­tal as the char­ity work, said the event’s guest of hon­our, Dr Fa­timah La­teef, MP for Ma­rine Pa­rade GRC.

She told TNP: “Phi­lan­thropic ac­tiv­ity is one as­pect of it. The other as­pect is hu­man touch and re­la­tion­ships.”

She was there on Wed­nes­day night to help with the prepa­ra­tion at Swami Home and re­counted how one 92-year-old res­i­dent just wanted to “talk story” with her.

Dr Fa­timah added: “It does not re­ally mat­ter what they are say­ing. Some­times all they need is a lis­ten­ing ear.”

Fol­low­ing tra­di­tion, the mo­tor­cy­cle con­voy will start from Gey­lang Serai Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at Haig Road.

Once at Swami Home, the res­i­dents will be treated to mu­si­cal and dance per­for­mances.

They will also get to know the 300 par­tic­i­pants — in­clud­ing the bik­ers, who are from var­i­ous mo­tor­cy­cle clubs — dur­ing a “be­friend­ing ses­sion”. They will also be served lunch by the par­tic­i­pants.

za­i­han@sph.com.sg

TNP PHOTO: ZA­I­HAN MO­HAMED YUSOF

Mr Steven Teh from Chong Aik In­ter­na­tional (right) and Dr Fa­timah La­teef (sec­ond from right) pack­ing goodie bags with vol­un­teers and or­gan­is­ers of the Chong Aik In­ter­na­tional Wheels Of Love 2017.

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