Bearing Christmas tidings of comfort and joy to the Seniors
Flying Seniors Project Leaders, Teresa and Ambrose Ng organized a Christmas Party at the Western District Elderly Community Centre on December 4. 17 volunteers, including 9 students and 2 teachers from Raimondi College, prepared an afternoon packed with activities for the seniors.
Our devoted volunteers arrived early to decorate the venue with festive lighting, mini-Christmas trees and Christmas posters, filling the room with the spirit of the season. Christmas gift bags stuffed with gift vouchers and an assortment of home-made and traditional Chinese cookies were kindly donated by our Members and volunteers.
Our first Christmas celebration with the elders at the Centre kicked off with an Xmas-themed Read and Tell (or Pictionary) game. The seniors correctly answered the questions at an amazing speed – we must make the test harder next time. A Guess the Song game of classical Cantonese songs followed which proved to be more challenging, but the elders enjoyed listening to the oldies but goodies.
We moved on to a Christmas tree towel arts and craft activity colourful beads and wires. This time the seniors impressed us with their creativity and dexterity.
The party ended with a performance of Christmas songs by our student volunteers who formed a Choir of 4 guitarists and 7 vocalists to which everyone joyfully sang along. The afternoon ended too soon and before we knew it, it was time to hand out the gift bags to our very happy guests.
Teresa said: “The festive season is meant to be merry and joyful. Sadly this is often a time when many seniors feel increasingly isolated and unhappy, even before the coronavirus pandemic complicated everyday life and special occasions. We hope that this party shows our seniors how much we value each and every one of them. They are important role models to our youth and an important part of our community.