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The Saturday Movement is a volunteer group who are proactively reaching out to befriend the elderly primarily in one room rental flats in Lengkok Bahru. With a high suicide rate statistic especially among the elderly, Raymond Khoo, founder of The Saturday Movement, began this movement in 2011, with a mission to love on the elderly residents in this neighbourhood, and see them depart “with their cravings satisfied, stories heard, and memories of new friends made”. From just 35 families, the non-profit volunteer movement he started has grown to support over 300 households. In their own time and own costs, The Saturday Movement organize a weekly food distribution service. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, lunch and tea time treats were served and held at the void deck of Block 52 between 10am to 12pm. Some of the volunteers would also provide free tuition services for about 35 children (under 12 years) living in the neighbourhood.

THE INSPIRATION

Inspired by the book “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom, which talks about a successful sports columnist who spends 14 Tuesdays visiting Morrie Schwartz, his dying 78-year old Sociology professor, the story centres around the meaningful conversations that they have. Albom brings the gift of companionship and food to Morrie as a symbolic affirmation of life and health before Morrie takes his final journey in life. In the same spirit of giving, the group coined the name Saturdays@Lengkok Bahru.

WHAT ELSE WE DO

Adopt-A-Bento

Adopt a Bento is a collaboration between The Saturday Movement and The Peranakan restaurant. Beneficiaries are the front liners in healthcare, elderly living in one room rental flats and former Sungei Road vendors. At this period of crisis they are in most need of aid from their fellow citizens. Meals are prepared without MSG, and slow-cooked with lots of TLC!

S17 Community Kitchen

A Halal Community Kitchen specialised in Nasi Padang and satay providing hot meals for the residents living nearby. The kitchen also produces 500 free meals weekly for the elderly residents living in rental flats.

Lengkok Bahru Edible Community Farm

Still in the works, The Saturday Movement plans to establish a 90 sqm community farm behind block 57 Lengkok Bahru within the next 8 months, which will grow organic fruits, herbs, and vegetables. It will be managed and maintained by the elderly volunteer retirees to encourage community bonding and mental wellness among the elderly.