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Volunteers Prove How Everyone Can Do Their Part to Keep Their Community Safe
The Zhenghua Silver Watch Group was officially launched on 9 July 2016 as part of a programme developed.

Even as smoke billowed out of a second-floor HDB unit, a group of elderly volunteers bravely raced into the flat, evacuating residents and helping to pull those who were less mobile to safety before firefighters from the Singapore Civil Defence (SCDF) arrived.

Such was the scene at a fire evacuation exercise held on 9 July 2016 during Zhenghua Emergency Preparedness Day 2016—an event that also saw the official launch of Zhenghua’s Silver Watch Group (SWG).

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Guest of Honour and Member of Parliament for Holland Bukit Timah Mr Liang Eng Hwa graced the Launch and interacted with ambassadors from Zhenghua SWG. PHOTO: Lee Zhen Huan

The Zhenghua SWG is part of a wider initiative known as the Bukit Panjang SWG, spearheaded by Bukit Panjang Neighbourhood Police Centre (BPNPC) and launched in December 2014. There are a total of three SWGs throughout Bukit Panjang, whose members consist of volunteers from the estate who are aged 50 and above. These volunteers are known as the Silver Watch Ambassadors.

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Zhenghua SWG ambassadors distributing food to residents during the Emergency Preparedness Day on 9 July. PHOTO: Lee Zhen Huan

The ambassadors assist police officers from BPNPC in spreading crime prevention advisories to their fellow residents, with additional focus on preventing the elderly from falling victim to scams.

“Being an SWG member gives me the opportunity to form bonds with all residents and prevent elderly people like myself from being victimised by criminals. It allows me to do my part to keep my community safe,” said Zhenghua Silver Watch Ambassador Mr David Poon Teck Wah, 57.

The Zhenghua SWG also receives support from the SCDF, who trains and enlists the help of the Silver Watch Ambassadors of Zhenghua SWG in advising elderly residents on fire safety and evacuation exercises.

Member of Parliament for Holland Bukit Timah Mr Liang Eng Hwa graced the launch of the SWG at Zhenghua and commended the effort of the volunteers. He stressed the need for the whole community to be involved in keeping the estate safe.

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Member of Parliament for Holland Bukit Timah Mr Liang Eng Hwa officially launching the SWG by completing a puzzle of the SWG logo which symbolises how the elderly SWG members stand together with the Police in keeping watch over the safety of residents.PHOTO: Lee Zhen Huan

The Silver Watch Group works closely with the Police and SCDF in engaging our elderly residents to raise their awareness on crime prevention and fire safety… We all have to do our part to keep our community safe,” said Mr. Liang.

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An SCDF officer teaching residents how to operate a fire extinguisher as part of a demonstration during the Zhenghua Emergency Preparedness Day that aims to involve all members of the community in safeguarding its residents.PHOTO: Lee Zhen Huan

Residents of the Bukit Panjang, Cashew and Zhenghua Constituencies who wish to become a Silver Watch Ambassador may do so through their constituency’s Senior Citizen Executive Committee (SCEC). Applicants must be aged above 50 years and have basic fluency in English and other dialect groups. They must also possess basic IT skills and be willing to engage the community.

 

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  1. by Jaiesh Sachi
  2. 11 July 2016
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