Race of life
by Joshua Ling Kai
Our Campaign Storyends 10 Dec 2017, 11:59 PM
Many elderly persons feel trapped in their ageing bodies and minds. Life has become a challenging marathon for them. Let's remember them as we break barriers in life. On 3 Dec 17, i will attempt to run 10,000m within 40min. For every metre that i run, could we raise a dollar to support Lions Befrienders that runs active ageing programmes for the elderly. Hope you can join in the giving as i journey towards #scms 2017. Thank you for your generosity!
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 5,800 seniors we serve live in one/two-room rental flats with little or no family support.
Since inception in 1995, we have served more than 17,000 seniors with the help of more than 3,000 trained volunteers. By 2030, about one in four residents would be 65 years or older and the number of elderly people living alone is likely to increase to 83,000, up from 35,000 now. Hence, with expectations to run new services and more eldercare facilities in the near future, this could raise our annual operating cost from $3.6 million to an estimated $5.5 million in 2016.