Canossian Alumni Association (CAA) members – about 40 of them, together with family and friends, mingled with residents of the St Joseph’s Home at their holding site at Mandai Road.
The visit on Labour Day began with simple exercises led by a few CAA exco members. Residents practised their motor skills by creating personalised maracas or shakers. To make them, the residents were given materials such as green beans, plastic spoons, plastic bottles, foil and coloured tape.
Soon after, St Joseph’s Home was filled with joy as the residents shook their maracas and clapped their hands to songs such as Take Me Home, Country Roads and Rasa Sayang.
They even sang a few Chinese classics by Teresa Teng.
The morning visit wasn’t over as the group also played a game of Bingo with the residents.
A sponsored buffet lunch by CAA for the residents and staff workers closed the morning visit as volunteers served and fed the elderly folk.
“This visit had one of the best turnout in many years... big crowd, great makan [food] and entertainment”, said Sr Dorothy Lim, spiritual director to the CAA.
For many of the volunteers, it was also a first-time experience.
“This [visit] is certainly more satisfying than sleeping in late on a public holiday!” said Mr George Punnosse, chairman of Canossa Convent Primary School’s Parent Support Group. He was there with his daughter, Mariesa, a junior alumna, who graduated from St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School last year.
Ms Irene Ow Soo Cheng, an alumna from St Anthony’s Convent added that she found the visit “meaningful”.
“Everyone was so enthusiastic. It’s a simple gesture but when we see the folks enjoying, it is so gratifying,” she said.
“It was so rewarding to see the happy smiles of the residents as everyone bade farewell with a promise to return again next year,” said Ms Veronica Tan, president of CAA.
It is an annual tradition of CAA to visit the residents on May 1 – the Feast of St Joseph, Patron Saint of Workers.