07 Feb '11, 9am

Volunteer work: It's about time

Volunteer work: It's about time

SINGAPORE: A survey conducted in November 2010 by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre found that volunteers cited time as the biggest challenge when it came to doing volunteer work. But at least two individuals here have made time to do volunteer work. One of them is 95-year-old Oon Chiew Seng, whose life as a volunteer began after the age of 70, when she retired from medical practice. Dr Oon approached the Health Ministry for something to do, and was tasked to build Singapore's first nursing home for people suffering from dementia, an illness that causes memory loss. Dr Oon said her friends were surprised by her decision. "In fact, friends of mine said 'how dare you do it? Won't you be afraid that you can't finish the project?'" she said. As a trained gynaecologist, Dr Oon had little knowledge on dementia, fund-raising or designing nursing homes. But that didn'...

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