“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde
The second part of the SIM-UOL ‘Transformers’ event, ‘The Makeover’,
has finally happened! The purpose of this event was to help recipients refurbish their homes to make it more homely.
On 14th December 2019, volunteers and committee members gathered together at Sin Ming Industrial Estate to work hand in hand to revamp the homes of 12 recipients. Volunteers were first briefed by their IC on their tasks and then moved to their respective units. The groups met with the owners and were informed on the areas and furniture that were to be left untouched. After setting up the necessary equipment that is needed, they are ready to start work!
The volunteers first removed the furniture home and covered them with plastics to ensure that it would not be stained by paint or covered by dust. This would also prevent the volunteers from any obstructions during the makeover process. Next, they begin to clean the house by wiping all windows and sweeping the floor.
Afterwards, it's time to paint the walls and ceilings. The volunteers first scraped the walls to remove old paint, moulds and stains. To ensure a smooth surface suitable for painting, volunteers removed all the old nails on the walls and used wall putty to fill up all the cracks. After obtaining a smooth surface, they went ahead and started painting.
After the volunteers are done with painting, the furniture was moved back in and arranged according to how the owner wanted. Volunteers were also required to assemble new furniture such as beds, tables and cupboards from scratch to replace the old ones. Even though many of the volunteers do not have the experience of assembling furniture, through working together they were able to complete the task. Seeing a new and improved living space, the owners were extremely contented and thankful to the volunteers.
Listed below are some feedback from the volunteers
The event was very meaningful and well organised. The best part was seeing the uncle’s delighted face when we refurbish his home. I would partake in this event again next year!
The event went smoothly and everyone was cooperative. The best part of the event was working alongside my friends to do something meaningful for others. I would still partake in the event as this is a meaningful event that gives us the chance to help others.
Denzel Washington once said, “At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” Overall, the volunteers felt a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that they were able to improve the lives of others. With that, ‘The Makeover’ was a success and we look forward to the refurbishment next year!