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Our Campaign Storyends 15 Nov 2017, 11:59 PM
The life of a senior is like a long journey without an expected destination. With the highs and the lows that a senior has to go through on any given day, I am challenging myself and am embarking on a cycling trip in Taiwan this October.
I plan to cover 1,000km in 10 days, starting from the North of Taiwan to the West and South of Taiwan before riding back to the North through the East. The weather condition is expected to be windy, and the elevation could go up as high as 500m altitude.
I have chosen to complete this journey on my own, but the many seniors that Lions Befrienders serve do not have the luxury of choice, and are mostly lonely seniors, living in social isolation. More often than not, social isolation is not a choice, neither is it a way of life.
Everyone needs a friend. Support Lions Befrienders and help them to reach out to more seniors who are socially isolated and those who are at risk of social isolation. Your support would go a long way to enable these seniors to live meaningful and enriching lives.
At Lions Befrienders, our seniors' quality of life is of utmost importance to us. We provide friendship and care for seniors to age in place with dignity and community participation, enabling them to enjoy meaningful and enriching lives during their golden years. Close to 90% of the 5,000 seniors we serve live in one/two-room rental flats with little or no family support.
About The Charity
Established in 1995, LB has more than 25 years of experience in befriending and caring for seniors in order for them to age in place in the community. Over the years, LB strives to address the varied needs of more than 86,000 seniors by adopting a senior-centric approach in its eldercare services. Leveraging on the support of some 1,000 regular volunteers, we actively engage more than 6,000 at-risk seniors via a spectrum of integrated eldercare service from preventive to intervention through comprehensive programmes, including social, emotional, mental and physical, to improve their quality of life.
Amid the challenges in the eldercare landscape, LB undertakes constant review and adjustment to its programmes and services. Under our Community Outreach arm, we currently operate 10 Senior Activity Centres, 3 Cluster Support, 2 Senior Group Homes and Home Personal Care services. Our Befriending arm extends island-wide befriending services to socially isolated seniors. For its exemplary disclosure and corporate governance practices, LB was conferred the Charity Transparency Award by the Charity Council in 2016 and 2017.