A senior with heart

Che Ah Chiew

Every Monday morning, retiree Che Ah Chiew, 69, visits a very special friend. At 101, Madam Yoe Boh Toh is hard of hearing and sometimes forgets names and faces.

But she always recognises Mr Che, her craggy face breaking into a wide toothless smile each time he arrives at her doorstep.

On a recent morning, she greets him with a warm hug before settling into an old sofa for their weekly rendezvous.

He tells her about his week, she describes her breakfast. They play cards. But in half an hour, she begins to doze off and the visit is cut short.

“She tires easily, so we can’t chat for very long,” says Mr Che.

“But I love coming here just to see the smile on her face.”

The former wanton-noodle seller began visiting Madam Yoe in her Bukit Batok flat last year as part of a befriending programme initiated by NTUC Health to bring cheer to lonely old folk stuck at home.

A volunteer since he retired a decade ago, Mr Che now spends around 24 hours a week helping others in Jurong, Bukit Batok and Hougang.

 

Excerpt taken from the article first published on May 24, 2015

The Straits Times

By Radha Basu

– See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/wanted-seniors-heart#sthash.NMv5kVyi.dpuf

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