A space where children can play and interact with the elderly – Singapore’s very first intergenerational playground in a nursing home was unveiled at St Joseph’s Home yesterday (28 Aug 2017). The $100,000 sum is the first donation from SMRT’s Gift of Mobility Fund announced two weeks ago. The government will match the sum dollar for dollar to help St Joseph’s Home support other mobility-related needs as the home expands to its full capacity of over 400 residents.
The playground will provide a common space for the home’s residents and children to interact and play together, improving their overall wellbeing.Its unique features include a see-saw with a ramp, and a merry-go-round that has wheel-locks for wheelchairs and custom-built seats for toddlers.
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources & Ministry of Health, Dr Amy Khor, President and Group CEO, SMRT Corporation, Desmond Kuek, joined staff and residents for the official launch of the playground.
Speaking at the event, Mr Kuek said SMRT was encouraged by the success of the first two SMRT-sponsored playgrounds located at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Ghim Moh.
“So when we heard about the intergenerational playground at St. Joseph’s Home, we jumped at the opportunity to help along in this very meaningful project to better connect our community,” he said.
Gift of Mobility Fund
“It is most timely, as we are starting a Gift of Mobility Fund to commemorate our 30th anniversary, and have pledged $30 million in cash and contributions in kind over the coming years to aid those with mobility needs in our community,” he added.
In line with SMRT’s vision of ‘Moving People, Enhancing Lives’, the Gift of Mobility Fund will help those in need keep on the move and extends our commitment to providing safe reliable and comfortable rides to those who need more care and support on their travel journey.