This year, Kinderland celebrated Lunar New Year with seniors at the Lions Befrienders centre in Ang Mo Kio. On 18 February 2019, 60 children from across three Kinderland centres – Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Woodlands Mart and Revenue House – put on performances for the seniors to share the joy of the festive season.
The outreach program marks our inaugural partnership with Lions Befrienders, a social service organisation that help the seniors to age in place. To show our support for the seniors, Kinderland raised $17,409.47 at the Kindness Carnival last year for the Lions Befrienders activity fund.
Championed by Ms Patricia Tay, Senior Principal of Kinderland, this outreach program is an extension of “Start Small Dream Big” (SSDB), a President’s Challenge Initiative that Kinderland participates annually to encourage pre-schoolers to make volunteerism a way of life.
In line with this year’s SSDB theme on kindness, Kinderland hopes to inspire our young ones to contribute towards a culture of kindness through simple everyday acts of care and kindness. With this outreach, we wish to provide our children with the opportunity to befriend the elderly, learn the values of respect, and build self-confidence. This outreach also offers our non-Chinese children an inter-cultural learning experience as they expose themselves to the festive season and multi-racial landscape in Singapore.
Our children from Kinderland Ministry of Manpower, donned in red cheongsams and attire, opened the day’s program with their performance item. To celebrate our roots in language development, we had a pair of student emcee to greet the seniors in Mandarin.