The last Saturday of the school holidays on June 28 was no different. 13 volunteers from various departments across the Bank took a group of children or siblings of HCA Hospice Care patients to the Singapore Arts Museum for a terrarium workshop. The children and volunteers learnt about the materials required to make a terrarium, understand its eco-system, and how to maintainand care for it. The children created their own terrariums by recycling plastic bottles and were thrilled to have pictures taken with their creations at the end of the session.
After a whole morning focusing on and shaping their terrariums, the children were rewarded with a scrumptious lunch at a nearby pasta restaurant. While waiting for their pasta, the children played a yoga game – holding on to yoga poses for one minute before passing on to the next person in their team. For their efforts, each child was given a bag of goodies – contributions from Deutsche Bank and the volunteers themselves.
Summing up the event, Mdm Ong Lee Lian, who accompanied her granddaughter Ashley Tan at the event, wrote to HCA Care, "Thank you for a well-organised event today. Both of us had a good time. Kindly convey my gratitude and appreciation to all the volunteers of StarPALS and Deutsche Bank, especially their team leader and Stephanie. Indeed a lot of work had been arranged by all of you."
HCA Hospice Care is a registered charity in Singapore providing support to patients with life-limiting illnesses, regardless of age, religion, ethnicity, nationality and financial status. While their focus primarily lies with home hospice care, their care and support extend to the patients’ caregivers and families. StarPALS (Paediatric Advance Life Support), a paediatric palliative care service in HCA, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, in the comfort of their homes.