by Rotary Club of Singapore for
Our Campaign Story
The Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) breakdown of the statistics provided by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority showed that in 2020, the number of people aged 60 and older who committed suicide reached a 30 year high despite a 15% reduction in the total number of suicides. Experts point to social isolation as a major contributing factor. While there are many organizations that provide counselling and mental health support, such programs are positioned very far downstream where the problems have already reached a dire state. Programs positioned more upstream may be better at preventing the vulnerable elders from reaching that state of desperation.

Share-a-Pot is one such upstream program. It brings the isolated and frail seniors out of their homes into the community to share a pot of nutritious high protein soul and to engage in physical exercises together as a group. This simple act achieves the effect of breaking social isolation, building community bond, strengthening physical conditioning and optimal nutrition.

This fundraising is to expand the coverage of this program as well as to incorporate a mobile component so that even with COVID restrictions, volunteers and still reach out to those in need.