“Remember this moment, cherish this story, celebrate this life.”

– Anoymous

Festivities

 

NuLife’s Festive Season Projects aim to help families cope with the added expenses they incur during festive occasions.

From helping with minor home repairs to purchasing wet and dry groceries and not forgetting the indispensable festive goodies, we try to make every effort to ease the pressure on our beneficiaries to get their homes spruced up and festive in time to welcome family and friends for shared celebrations.

The gratitude and pleasure expressed on their faces as they proudly open their homes to their guests is what makes it all worthwhile. It motivates us to think of more creative ways to widen the scope of what we do, so we are able to reach out to a broader community of people.

TOGETHER WE HAVE IT ALL – NULIFE DEEPAVALI 2021 – SHOE CABINET DISTRIBUTION

“Home is the reflection of our being, for which we, ourselves need to take care”. With that sentiment in mind, NuLife and ECC SG in a collaborated effort, decided to embark on the distribution of brand-new shoe cabinets to 25 deserving households in conjunction with the month of Deepavali. 

Driven by their goodwill during this celebratory period, ECC SG actively aided in raising funds amounting to $4000, which enabled NuLife to purchase 20 two-door shoe cabinets and 5 three-door shoe cabinets from NOVA Furnishing. The shoe cabinets were carefully sourced and took into consideration the best interests of our recipients, who come from diverse socio-economic circumstances and would benefit from having a shoe cabinet incorporated into their existing home environment. A shoe cabinet, albeit, might not be seen as an essential element in keeping one’s home clean and organised, should be paralleled to other essential elements (e.g. mop, broom, washing machine etc) in preserving home hygienics. 

The delivery of the shoe cabinets to our recipients would be staggered across the month of November with the gracious support of NOVA Furnishing. Apart from furnishing our beneficiaries with the brand-new shoe cabinets, NuLife would be working closely with its neighbouring collaborating partners in extending the festive cheer to beneficiaries residing in the Northeast community by including them in the shoe cabinet distribution as well. 

We hope that the presence of a brand-new shoe cabinet would bring much contentment to our recipients and simultaneously call to attention the need to periodically invest in items that are fundamental in maintaining a better quality of life.   

At this juncture, we would like to thank ECC SG for their earnestness and commitment in giving back to the community during the festive season and choosing to work in close collaboration with NuLife in trust and continuity. NuLife deeply values the partnerships that we have fostered with volunteer groups such as ECC SG, who are united towards improving the lives of those in need within the best means of their abilities and capacities. 

We look forward to creating more meaningful memories and experiences with ECC SG. 

TOGETHER WE HAVE IT ALL – NULIFE DEEPAVALI 2021 – PLUS SIZED LINEN SHIRTS DISTRIBUTION

Given NuLife’s longstanding and extensive history of furnishing food rations, provisions, goodies and other essentials to our beneficiaries and the community during the annual festive seasons, NuLife decided to gravitate towards a unique motive for our Festivities 2021 Project; the provision of plus-sized linen shirts to male beneficiaries. 

The project kick-started during Ramadan, in lieu of Hari Raya 2021 and will be ongoing until the end of the festive season for 2021. A wide range of attractive coloured linen shirts will be disseminated across the different festivities (e.g. Deepavali, Christmas) to our male beneficiaries and beneficiaries spouse / parent / sibling who are residing together with our beneficiary and fit the criterion.

NuLife would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our donors, whose largesse has enabled this purposeful project to be accomplished year-round with an often overlooked group of individuals, whose sartorial choices are often limited by their need for larger than normal sizes. 

We hope that we were able to rekindle the festive spirit amongst these individuals through a good gesture and look forward to seeing them don the linen shirts for the festive occasions. 

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind to yourself”. Let us embrace body positivity and positive representations in affinity. 

Happy Deepavali. 

TOGETHER WE HAVE IT ALL – NULIFE DEEPAVALI 2021 – FESTIVE COOKIES PLATTER DISTRIBUTION

In many cultures, festivities have been well-known as a time of gathering with loved ones and feasting on scrumptious food and goodies made specially for the occasion. Hence, to share the spirit of the festive season, NuLife organised the distribution of 50 festive cookie platters that were handmade and baked in kind by Ms S Chandrakala, who leads a home-based business, LuizBakez. 

The festive cookie platter encompassed an array of delectable and colourful goodies that was apportioned to 35 NuLife Counsellors, comprising of our in-house counsellors, intern counsellors and locum counsellors in appreciation of their unwavering efforts in rendering all-round assistance and support to beneficiaries that reached out to us to cope with wellness-related concerns during the pandemic period. The baked goodies were timely distributed to the professionals on 28th October and 29th October 2021, with the aid of ECC SG, a group of car enthusiasts who are vested in giving back to the community in times of need. 

Our recipients were thankful for the festive goodies that were well-preserved and intact upon delivery, enabling them to enjoy the fresh and savoury treats with their loved ones at home. 

15 festive cookie platters were distributed to our collaborating partner, Morning Star Community Services on 30th October 2021, a registered Charity and Institution of Public Character (IPC) that strives to empower individuals and families and build vibrant communities through the provision of after-school care and temporary caregiving services for parents and the provision of early intervention programmes, family life education workshops and counselling services. 

NuLife is ever grateful to have the opportunity to actualise such meaningful initiatives from the community during these trying times. 

As adverse as the circumstances may be, it is important that we work towards embracing resiliency and positivity, which is believed to be emerging in the form of restored community spirit.

TOGETHER WE HAVE IT ALL – NULIFE DEEPAVALI 2021 – RATIONS DISTRIBUTION

For many of us, festivities mark a series of joyous, harmonious and memorable events that we look forward to experiencing with our group of loved ones periodically. However, with the ongoing pandemic, we may anticipate our festivities experiences be tinged with a sense of apprehension, uncertainty, and discouragement, as opposed to the bright and cheerful hustle and bustle we have been accustomed to over the years of celebrations.  

In a kindred effort to spread some light-hearted cheer to our beneficiaries in lieu of the festive season, NuLife coordinated an island-wide distribution of an assortment of rations, goodies and provisions totalling to 150 packets, with the generous support of Ms Susila Ganesan, Dr Indrayogan and team on 23rd October 2021. 

The packets were personally delivered to our beneficiaries’ residences with the assistance of KC Boyz, a well-knitted group of volunteers that NuLife has worked in close collaboration with for several of our projects and/or events. It was ensured that the distribution event was adhered in accordance to the safe management measures. 

Notwithstanding the dreary circumstances we may have been prescribed to as a community during this pandemic period, we hope that the in-kind distribution event brought some meaning and comfort to our 30 identified beneficiaries and momentarily eased any financial, emotional and social burden that our beneficiaries may have been subjected to in the coping process. It is essential that we remain resilient and united as a community and extend our kindness, empathy and support to one another during arduous times. 

Wishing all a happy and safe Deepavali.

Deepavali 2019

Adopting a different approach this year, NuLife’s Deepavali 2019 Project had focused on enhancing the well-being of foreign workers that have been residing alongside with our community in light of the upcoming festive season. As the Indian community looked forward to the much-awaited festivity by embellishing their households, furnishing themselves with traditional attires and being treated to a sumptuous meal by loved ones, NuLife took this opportune period to reach out to 350 foreign workers by working in collaboration with Mini Environment Services (MES) to deliver a talk on mental wellness and distribute pre-loved clothing to these group of workers.

Given the increasing precedence placed on mental wellness and in line with our U Matter Initiative, a talk on mental wellness was decided to be provided to these group of individuals who find themselves susceptible to a deteriorating well-being in light of the stressors they might be subjected to while adapting to working in another country in order to support their loved ones back home. Additionally, with the upcoming festivity, we wanted to ensure that these group of individuals were able to endow themselves and their loved ones back home with clothing, a much needed essential for the festivity.

Our endeavors were supported in kind by Demure Drapes who assisted to garner pre-loved clothing that were in good condition island wide and disseminated them to NuLife premises. The pre-loved clothing was assembled and categorised into boxes for children wear, women modern wear, women traditional wear and men wear by our group of NuLife staff and volunteers. The pre-loved clothing was also set aside for our beneficiaries who might find themselves not being able to afford such necessities for the festive season as a result of their circumstances.

The mental wellness talks and pre-loved clothing giveaway took place in the month leading to Deepavali at the following dates and locations:

(1) The LEO Dormitory – 22nd September 2019

(2) Blue Stars Dormitory – 29th September 2019

(3) Jurong Penjuru Dormitory – 6th October 2019

With the active participation of our NuLife staff and volunteers during this period of time, we were able to witness the heart-warming distribution of over 200 boxes worth of pre-loved clothing to a group of delighted and grateful workers. As a significant portion of the foreign workers were not as proficient in the English language, the mental wellness talk was simplified to ensure their understanding was gained on the ways they can preserve their well-being and the ways they can reach out for support should they be in need of it. The mental wellness talk aimed to take on an engaging and interactive approach in order to convey the intended message to our audience in a more constructive manner.

It was indeed reassuring to have been able to furnish the foreign workers with the much-needed psychoeducation with regards to mental wellness.

Deepavali 2018

One of NuLife’s outreach programmes is Festive Celebrations and within a blink of an eye, it is time for our annual Deepavali project 2018. Last year, we were honoured to have generous donations from the community that assisted in donating both monetary as well as rations. We were privileged to be able to give out food rations not only to our own beneficiaries, but to other organisations such as Project Smile, Marsiling IAEC, Grace Haven, Chen Su Lan Home, Church of St Vincent De Paul, Silat Sikh Temple, Church of St Theresa, The Society of Teng San Tian Hock Temple and Masjid Al-Istiqamah. Many beneficiaries have shared how they were thankful for the rations and being able to have a good meal with their family due to the generosity of our donors. This year, NuLife will be taking a unique approach, your donations will be going towards repair and refurbishment for our beneficiaries and conducting research on suicide, a prevailing concern in today’s society. We as an organisation believe that every individual deserves a home that they can celebrate festive celebrations without feeling any shame or inadequateness. By repairing and refurbishing our beneficiaries’ houses, it will offer long-lasting assistance. By ensuring that their house is in good condition not only helps them physically, it will also help them mentally by uplifting their mood coming to a house with all the basic necessities. NuLife has assisted countless beneficiaries through our Robinhood project, ensuring they have the necessary household items, which our generous donors have kindly donated for our beneficiaries. As Winston Churchill says, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give”. In addition to the repair and refurbishment, a portion of your donations will be utilised for suicide research. There has been a spike in suicide in Singapore over the recent years and this calls for concern. We are currently living in a society whereby it is defined as weak to be vulnerable and everyone puts on a facade that their lives are “perfect”. Sometimes, suicide is not about the act itself, but it is a silent cry of wanting to live. This prevalent issue is rampant throughout our society and it calls for concern. As such, NuLife is moving our niche towards suicide awareness and prevention. We will be conducting research, to better understand and serve such cases. As Paul Shane Spear once said: “As one person, I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.” All it takes is one person to have a ripple effect on the people around you.

Zakat 2018

Zakat, is the giving of alms to the poor and needy which is one of the five pillars of Islam (the others are declaration of faith, prayer, fasting in Ramadan and Hajj). It is obligatory upon every adult Muslim of sound mind and means.

They ask you as to what they should spend. Say: Whatever wealth you spend, it is for the parents and the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, and whatever good you do, Allah surely knows it.” [Al-Quran 2:215]

NuLife Care and Counselling Services Limited has numerous of outreach programs of which one of them would be festive celebration. We would organise different festive celebrations from Chinese New Year, Zakat, Deepavali as well as Christmas. We do different things during our festive celebration which range from giving out rations, giving out cooked food as well as repair and refurbishment.

This year, we are extremely grateful towards a group of total strangers coming forward to prepare cooked food and donated packet drinks for 100 people. They decided to bless the people with Chicken Masala Biryani (Halal Certified). The group of strangers has asked to remain anonymous and they did not want their actions to be publicised on social media. Like what Carol Ryrie Brink says: “The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.”

Its heartening to have people stepping forward and being so willing to collaborate with us in blessing the people around us. A little action like this not only brings warmth to one’s stomach, it also brings warmth to one’s heart and soul. It is always a greater blessing to be able to bless others, what more, in the season of a festival whereby Muslims will be ending their fast which is also known as Hari Raya Puasa.

NuLife Care and Counselling Services Limited is thankful for the opportunity to be able to bless the Muslim Community amongst us. To make a change, we have to be the change, and all it takes is one person to start the ripple effect.

Zakat 2017

NuLife Care and Counselling organised a food distribution drive called “Zakat – NuLife” on 18th June 2017 to reach out to the less fortunate in Singapore. Zakat is an act of giving that is considered as a religious tax. Although it is not considered as a charitable contribution in the Islamic religion, part of the sum will be used to help the poor and new joined Muslim groups. Even though the practice was originally an obligation act among the Muslims community (Zakat, n.d.), it is now a voluntary decision for sponsorship in the modern society.

The “Zakat – NuLife” event was made possible by the generosity of many individuals who graciously donated their time, money and effort. We had a mixed group of 60 volunteers that consisted of Malays, Indians and Chinese. With donations from the public through social media, contribution of labour from our volunteers, 2000 packets of food were prepared and delivered by Braveheart movers for who graciously agreed to help us deliver the packets of food for free. You are kind. You are thoughtful. You are appreciated by the NuLife family.

The volunteers were split into 4 teams to deliver to the different locations in a short period of time to distribute food to the community before their dinner time. The food was prepared by Casuarina Curry which consists of chicken curry and two vegetables for a nominal amount of $1.50 per packet. These packets of food were distributed door to door to residents living in 1 to 2 room HDB rental flats in Buangkok, Serangoon North, Lorong Liew Lian, Ang Mo Kio and Toa Payoh.

Throughout the day, our volunteer group manage to distribute the food quota given. The highlight for the day was when we encountered elderlies who appeared rundown and hungry. Upon receiving the food, the smile on their faces warmed our hearts and motivated us to continue with the distribution.

Despite the heavy rain that shows up towards the end of the event, we strongly believe that all the volunteers would have been extremely proud of themselves and felt a sense of personal satisfaction when the day was over.

Overall, we cannot deny that it was a wonderful and precious experience for all of us. This event also nurtured the value of kindness and the importance of giving to those who are in need, to both volunteers and receivers. This is a valuable lesson to learn as many of us have lost ourselves in this busy society and forget to pay attention on other beautiful things. Beautiful things can be simple, with a packet of rice to brighten up the day for those who are in need and remind them they are not forgotten by this world.

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.

Christmas



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