Charity Lunch 2019: Recognising the Value of Caregivers

CAL’s annual charity lunch was held this year on 7 December 2019. Charity Lunch 2019 was particularly special because it was a chance to share the joy of winning the Charity Governance Award and Charity Transparency Award 2019 with caregivers. For CAL, these awards highlighted that the key ingredient that makes this organisation a success is people: dedicated Board members and staff, along with selfless and committed volunteers. Read more here. At CAL’s Charity Lunch 2019, the spotlight remained on people, with the event focusing on celebrating the dedication of caregivers and the journey they have been through. With the theme of "Journeying Together", the event also called attention to caregiver volunteers for their role in supporting CAL. For example, both the English and Chinese emcees were caregivers themselves. This was a fact highlighted by Senior Minister of State (SMS) Edwin Tong, the Guest of Honour, in his speech. Additionally, he mentioned caregiver Ng Soon Kuan (below), who was present taking photographs for the event. SMS Edwin Tong also noted how CAL’s impact goes beyond the 12 weeks of the C2C programme. Many caregivers who are trained go on to volunteer and teach other caregivers, and in doing so make a difference in the lives of many others. He brought up the example of Irene Goh, one such caregiver who became a dedicated volunteer after her C2C graduation. A story about Irene was published in Shin Min Daily News on the same day (7 December). To honour such volunteers who have helped CAL multiply its impact, Charity Lunch 2019 featured a series of awards for distinguished volunteers. The award recipients include:

1. Long Service Volunteer Award: Ng Soon Kuan

Soon Kuan received the Long Service Volunteer Award for actively volunteering his services to CAL. His involvement with CAL dates back to 2012, when he was one of the early participants of the C2C programme. He is well known for being a volunteer photographer at CAL events, and he has also dedicatedly served as a trainer for the Mandarin programme.

2. Above and Beyond Volunteer Award: Wong Yun Chin

Chin received the Above and Beyond Volunteer Award, in special recognition of her generous and giving spirit. Beyond volunteering her time as a trainer, Chin also selflessly gives to others, especially to CAL’s caregivers. Remarkably, she has even led her whole family to be connected with CAL.

3. Volunteer Trainer (Mandarin) Award: Tony Kee

Tony joined C2C in 2015 at IMH. Being bilingual, he is a trainer for C2C Mandarin classes and recently upgraded himself by preparing to teach the 8-week C2C for Caregivers of persons with dementia in English. He was recognised for being very innovative and engaging in his sharing. Many of C2C participants have given feedback that it is a delight to sit in Tony’s class.

4. Volunteer Trainer (English) Award: Andrew Bei

Andrew attended C2C in 2014 and has been sup