Seventeen years ago, Nancy (seated right on the trishaw) had a bad fall which made it difficult for her to walk or bend down without experiencing pain and discomfort. In 2018 Nancy and pilot Irina Medvedeva first started going on trishaw rides together and have since formed a close friendship. CWA's trishaw rides have given Nancy the opportunity to make new friendships and feel a part of the community.The rides give her access to green spaces around Singapore that she would normally not be able to enjoy due to her limited mobility.
Joshua Foong (28 years) was at first apprehensive about volunteering with seniors fearing his inability to speak local dialect would be a problem. However, Joshua's passion for cycling led him to cast caution to the wind and join CWA's intergenerational bonding programme, Moving Generations.
Joshua underwent CWA’s ageing simulation, empathy and communication skills training before volunteering as a pilot at a nursing home. Joshua describes the experience as transformational, he particularly enjoys the opportunity to connect with people of a different generation and meet people beyond his social circle.
Since then, Joshua has become a strong advocate for CWA's trishaw rides and wishes to see CWA "grow in such a way that every nursing home gets a trishaw." Joshua encourages other youth to volunteer. His advice for those who are considering making the move, "just give it a shot."
Help CWA continue to train and engage youth volunteers to build a more inclusive Singapore into the future.
19-year old Moving Generations pilot Maryann Tay (top right) volunteered with Longevity Ambassador Beng An Chan (69 years, left) to provide intergenerational trishaw rides to seniors in Tiong Bahru.
Maryann wrote of activity, "partnering with Uncle Beng An allowed for interesting conversations and a peek into his experiences and different, more matured perspectives!"
Proceeds from Cycle for Good will go towards supporting more intergenerational rides.
In 2020, CWA Singapore's VR trishaw rides enabled seniors to visit places they had never visited before.
"[The resident] commented that the scenery at Gardens by the Bay was beautiful, they never had the chance to go out due to mobility issues. They enjoyed the ride very much and said it felt real."
– Angel Tan, Program Coordinator of Sree Narayana Mission
The need to engage seniors through new and innovative ways is particularly important now as outings for nursing home residents face continued disruptions. CWA has the ambition of further developing the organisation's digital services to serve more seniors and provide more engaging and locally relevant content for seniors.