Auntie from low-income family buys a $40.80 cake to thank her volunteers

By August 14, 2016Current, People

TL;DR – Someone’s birthday? Nope, no candles on the cake.

Doesn’t it look like it was the auntie’s birthday and someone bought a cake?

You might just be as surprised to know that it was the auntie who bought them a fruit cake from Prima Deli to thank them for their volunteering service.

The elderly heard that a group of volunteers from Project Refresh will be helping her to refurbish her home in Tampines but she did not know how much their service would cost so she paid them in kind instead.

Project Refresh brings cheer to low-income families

Project Refresh is a Young NTUC initiative which aims to bring National Day cheer to low-income families by helping them to spring clean, paint their walls and conduct bed bug fumigation.

These volunteers comprises leaders from unions, members of Young NTUC, youths from Tampines GRC and members of public.

Elderly insists on giving them a treat

When they found out what the auntie did, they wanted to pay her for the cake (which costs $40.80) but the elderly insisted that it was her way of showing appreciation for their help.

It moved them to tears and it doesn’t help to know that she has walking difficulties, having to rely on her trusty walking stick wherever she goes. *be right back, wiping tears*

Leave no man behind


Desmond Choo with volunteers at Project Refresh (Image via Young NTUC)


Executive-Secretary of Young NTUC Desmond Choo, who is also a Labour MP, was there to lend a hand.

“Some of our fellow Singaporeans, especially the elderly, might not be physically able to make their homes safer and more comfortable for themselves. Through Young NTUC’s U Heart initiative Project Refresh, our youth volunteers are determined not to leave anyone behind in the progress of our nation and hope to bring the spirit of celebration and cheer closer to homes of these less-privileged families.”

The volunteers probably didn’t expect such a gesture but it was surely a refreshing experience. 🙂


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