The elderly at Sunrise Retired Home had a fun-filled Chinese New Year celebration as 13 QI Malaysia staff visited the home to add some Lunar New Year cheer. Volunteers helped out with various tasks including cleaning, wiping furniture, as well as beautifying the garden and compound. After the cleaning activity, volunteers also decorated the home and handed out Chinese New Year cookies. A highlight of the visit was a lion dance performance which was enjoyed by all.
Volunteers later handed over groceries and necessities that were collected in a donation drive at the QI Tower, in a week-long campaign before visiting the home. Among the items donated were rice, oats, noodles, oil, sugar, adult diapers, ointment and other medications. Volunteers also presented a commode chair to the home operator on behalf of Datin Sri Umayal Eswaran who generously donated it.
Sunrise Retired Home currently shelters 24 elderly members aged 49 to 98 years old. All of them have been placed in the home by their families due to financial difficulties to care for them. Many of the senior citizens suffer from Alzheimer and Dementia.
A volunteer, Samantha Lim said the visit opened her eyes to see the reality of abandoned elderly in homes. “This experience made me more grateful for what I have. It was also really delightful to see smiles on their faces, as we ate and spent time with them,” she said.
The home operator Ms Mala said she’s thankful for the contributions and time spent by QI staff for the elderly. “One of my ladies said that she felt really comfortable sitting on a clean chair (referring to the commode that we donated) and the rest could not stop talking about the lion dance! Thank you so much for making this Chinese New Year a memorable one for us,” she added with teary eyes.