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July - September 2015


Editorial Team: Khairunnisa Rusli (Editor) Nurul Ain Mohd Kassim Mohd Salleh Jetty Soraya Begum Siti Humairah Joehari

Nashiedatul Umairah Abd Aziz Md Sufian Md Salim Rashidah Rashid Syahir Iskandar Rosli (Designer)

Advisors Abdul Wahab Hussein Mohd Jufri Haron


Pertapis Senior Citizens’ Fellowship Home Articles by Mohd Salleh Jetty


Suasana Perjumpaan Hari Raya Aidilfitri di Rumah Warga Tua PERTAPIS 15 Aug 2015 Pegawai Hj Ismail menggegarvaganzakan atuk-atuk dan nenek-nenek di Rumah Warga Tua PERTAPIS dengan pukulan rebana sambil mengalunkan lagu yang dipetik dari filem P Ramlee Madu Tiga. Rentaknya sungguh mengasyikan sehingga mengegarkan paha dan tangan atuk dan nenek-nenek semua. Sambil tangan bertepukan, nenek-nenek and atuk-atuk yang sudah kenal sangat lagu ini sama-sama menyahut cabaran Hj Ismail dengan beramai-ramai melatakan lirik nya‌

Pukulal Tabur Pukulal Tabur Pukul Rebana Kalaulah jodoh Kalaulah jodoh tidak kemana Ya Naam Sidi Ya Naam Sidi Kalaulah jodohâ€˜â€Ś. tidak kemana


Huamin Primary School Gift to the Seniors 18 Aug 2015

On 18 Aug 2015 Huamin Primary School students from Yishun got together again, to raise donation-in-kinds and cleaning items as gifts for the seniors at the PERTAPIS Senior Citizen Fellowship Home. The school children helped to load all the goods into the Pertapis Home van but do not want their pictures taken. Except these 2 kids the rest of the students gathered around their teacher Ms June Kerk who took this picture for the album. (Ms June Kerk, we would like to welcome the Huamin Students for your next round of the school’s CIP collaboration with the Pertapis Senior Citizen Fellowship Home)


My First Skool Visit the Seniors 21 Aug 2015

A group of 9 children from My First Skool (K2) accompanied by 2 teachers made a visit to our Home on 21 Aug 2015 at about 1000 hrs as part of their CIP. The children performed 3 songs (Malay, Mandarin and English) to the residents (male and female wings). At the female wing, the school presented the Home with a memento (heart shape made of red and green beans). The children also presented the female residents with a stalk of handmade paper flowers.

Hari Raya Dinner Invititation by Khoo Teck puat Hospital 14 Aug 2015

14 Aug 2015 was a day the elderly of the Pertapis Senior Citizen Fellowship Home would always remember. They were invited to the Hari Raya Invitation by the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. The officials at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital were very warm in their reception of our elderly and staff. Guest of Honour Dr Faishal Ibrahim gave away gifts (sejadah) to each resident. They were also treated to scrumptious Hari Raya delicacies in a private room. Mediacorp celebrity Masturah Ahmad was also there to provide company for the residents. Photo booth at Geylang Serai was a favourite as it reminisce residents good old days.



Pertapis Children’s Home Articles by Siti Humairah Joheari


Exclusive Flight Experience by Arise Services Pte Ltd 20 Jul 2015 5 lucky residents were selected to experience a flight to adore beautiful Singapore from a bird’s eye view! The selected residents were excited upon boarding the aircraft, as they have never boarded a plane before, what more the feeling of flying one! This was definitely a memorable experience for our residents, we thank you Arise Services Pte Ltd!




Community Chest Heartsrings Walk 2015 - SG50 Community Hearbeats 7 Aug 2015 It was indeed a fun and refreshing morning for a 4KM walk, accompanied by rhythmic percussion performances for our residents. The children shared that they felt honored to be invited for such this event, in conjunction with Singapore’s 50th birthday. The event was definitely successful in making our jubilee year a more meaningful one!

Illuminate Project 2015 (Final Session) 28 Aug 2015 After several sessions of super fun futsal trainings for the residents, Kovan Sports Hub decided to let the kids experience the thrill of rolling in a giant inflatable bubble ball for its final session! It was indeed a great entertainment activity! We are grateful for the opportunity, thank you Kovan Sports Hub!


Families for Life Celebrations 2015 Universal Studios Singapore 6 Sep 2015 Residents and staff were invited for an evening at USS for an event-themed “Family Time, Precious Time”. It was an excellent opportunity for bonding, and we had a blast riding the roller coasters while looking at the night’s city skyline! Big thanks to the 3 volunteers that specially came on a Saturday to help accompany the residents!

Emotion Mural Wall Painting by KPMG LLP 18 Sep 2015 Our walls are now beautified with characters from The Little Prince, Inside Out, Pokémon and more, credits to KPMG LLP! They did a wonderful job in bringing out emotions, serving reminders for the residents that they should always look on the positive side of life! Thank you KPMG LLP for your hard work and effort in beautifying our humble home!



Pertapis Centre For Women & Girls

Articles by Nanshiedatul Umairah Abd Aziz


Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 7 Aug 2015 Our residents were invited to participate in the Community Chest Heartstrings Walk as part of the SG50 celebrations. The event was held at Marina Bay Events Plaza. In this event, they were required to walk together as a group while drumming on their percussion instruments. They managed to capture a photo with Mr. Teo Chee Hean and was featured in his Facebook page.


PCWG Annual Hari Raya Celebration 15 Aug 2015 As part of our annual Hari Raya celebration, parents were invited to spend time with the residents. Games and activities were organised during this celebration. The residents performed a Dikir Barat performance and presented a skit in line with our Hari Raya theme. At the end of the event, the residents seek forgiveness from the staffs and family members. Gifts and souvenirs were given away to the parents who participated in the games.

Sexuality Education Workshop 9-10 Sep 2015

Sexuality workshop was conducted by Family Life and was held at Bukit Panjang Centre. The 2-day workshop aimed to create a balance understanding of their sexuality and also the need to have a healthy and responsible relationship with other people.


The Rising Star Project @ Gardens By The Bay 5 Sep 2015 30 of our residents participated in a performance at Gardens by the Bay during the ‘Bulan Bahasa’event. They were invited to perform Dikir Barat, dancing as well as solo singing. The event was graced by PM Lee Hsien Loong and their performances were also featured in Berita Harian.

The Rising Star Project Graduation Ceremony 26 Sep 2015 To mark the completion of the TRSP programme, the residents had a graduation ceremony at ‘The Black Box’ at the Malay Heritage Centre. The event was filled with performance such as Dikir Barat, drama, solo singing and dance. The event was attended and graced by Dr. Maliki Osman as well as Mdm Rahayu Mahzam; MP for Jurong GRC. This event was featured in a few articles from Berita Harian.

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Pertapis Halfway House

By Muhd Sufian Md Salim

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t was the mid to third quarter of the year and it marked an industrious journey for our PERTAPIS Halfway House Residents and Staff. From June to September, our Home participated and assisted in various events and activities. There was also the month of Ramadan where the challenge for our residents were to push them to realise their fullest potential in pursuit of their recovery as well as performance as a Muslim.

The Aidil Adha Korban event was a success as residents toiled to assist in the packing and distribution of Korban meat to the recipients and various individual donors.

The Care & Share event was a significant event where our residents assisted in distributing food hampers to the poor and needy for their preparation of the coming Ramadan. Our Residents were also involved in the Ubin Day Community Project. Residents helped to ferry logistics in preparation for Ubin Day, which promoted the “Green effort” and awareness to upkeep the rustic island. Our residents enjoyed the fruitful day and had the opportunity to have a short hike around the island. PHH residents were also involved in a Community project during the month of August as Singapore celebrates SG50. Our residents got the opportunity to partake in Coastal Clean Up and preparations for the Observance ceremony.

PHH was also fortunate to be given a chance to partake in the inaugural Closing Ceremony of the SEA Games at our new National Stadium. Our residents also had a static iftar outing @ Masjid Khalid. The guys were given a platform to integrate the norms of breaking of fast as well as perform the night prayers during Ramadan known as “Solat Terawih”

PHH also collaborated with CDC and had the fortune to have IBM to conduct workshops as their corporate community project. Residents were taught grooming and resume writing skills. We were also graced by the presence of Mr Tony Blair, Ambassador and Delegate from the USA in his visit to the Home.

PHH also invited families to the Home to celebrate Aidilfitri with their love ones. It was a memorable “Lebaran Family Fiesta” moment as residents had performances which moved the families to accept them in better light.

As September ends, PHH looks forward to Awal Muharram, the new Hijrah Calendar in Islam as it entails a new spiritual journey and more programmes for their rehabilitation and recovery.

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PERTAPIS HQ MAJOR EVENTS July 2015 to September 2015 By Khairunisa Rusli

4th July 2015, Pertapis Iftar 2015 3rd - 6th September 2015 EXPO MegaXpress 27th September 2015, Pertapis Korban 2015

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As part of our annual Iftar celebration, Pertapis gathered her Pertapis Family comprising of TAJ Beneficiaries, Pertapis Welfare Home Beneficiaries as well as other VWO Beneficiaries. This year, Kiku and Metta were also invited to be part of this joyous occasion.IE4ALL bags were also given away thanks to MUIS! Withover over1800 400welfare welfare beneficiaries, Pertapis With beneficiaries, Pertapis staff and volunteers, Pertapis Iftar 2015IFTAR was definitely staff, volunteers, Pertapis 2015 is one of our grandest annual event. definitely one of our annual grand events.

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‘I always look forward to volunteering at Pertapis Iftar every year. It gives off an atmosphere of gotong-royongness that I seldom get to experience myself. This is my 3rd year helping out’ More than 150 volunteers turned up to help out in this year’s Pertapis Iftar event!

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PERTAPIS AS A BENEFICIARY AT MegaXpressWedding International Showcase 2015 Dates : 3rd to 6th September 2015

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A spring cleaning project that aims to bridge the volunteers with our TAJ beneficiaries at their own homes. 9th July 2015, NTU/NIE YEP TEAM 20 STUDENTS 2 houses cleaned Wardrobes Donated, Walls Painted.

PROJECT TAJ HOMES ‘We cleaned these houses before in March 2015 and we figured we ought to do something more’

‘It’s the fasting month and I can tell you painting a house while fasting is definitely a strenuous job’

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A sexuality workshop for secondary school students.

PROJECT TAJ CHILDREN 9th & 10th September 2015, Made for More! Workshop by Family Life Society

‘The sharing session was really personal and intimate. I’m glad I came for this workshop. The facilitators made this topic less boring’ - 15-yearold participant ‘I’m glad Pertapis organised this workshop. Or else, I wouldn’t know how to approach this topic with my daughter’ - Mother to 15-year-old participant

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A spring cleaning project that aims to bridge the volunteers with our TAJ beneficiaries at their own homes. 29th July 2015, Woodlands Ring Secondary School 36 students 3 teachers 6 houses cleaned

PROJECT TAJ HOMES ‘I have a maid at home and I rarely clean my own house. This helping experience definitely made me appreciate my parents and maid more’

‘I never knew how and where the lower-income families lived’

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To empower TAJ school-going youth and children with a positive mindset to pursue excellence in academics and non-academics. 19th September 2015 Dreamspiration! Republic Polytechnic Service Learning Club

PROJECT TAJ CHILDREN PROJECT ASPIRE! ‘It kinda feels like a family,’ - 14-year-old TAJ Youth

‘We want to do encourage the kids to pursue higher studies’ - RP Year 2 student

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SIM Accountancy Students travel far to Joo Chiat Complex to aid our children in their Mathematics. Every Friday, 4pm - 6pm.

PROJECT TAJ CHILDREN MATHS TUITION PROGRAMME ‘I’m scared of getting my answers wrong’

‘Don’t worry! Just try! Even if you get your answers wrong, just try!’

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To empower TAJ Families with skills and a positive mindset to overcome life challenges 15th August 2015, TEKAD MEMBARA workshop #2 by Suchi Success

PROJECT TAJ FAMILIES ‘It was a good learning experience for me. I feel that the facilitator really understood our situation. It was good.’ - 35year-old father of 2.

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Upcoming Events November

14 Nov - Pertapis Youth Futsal Tournament 15 Nov - TAJ Homes Spring Cleaning by Singapore Soka Association Volunteers @ Toa Payoh 21 Nov - TAJ Youth Martial Arts Workshop 28 Nov - Bag of Hope 3 Collaboration with Singapore Soka Association

December 5 Dec - Fun for Fund Carnival @ East Coast Park 12 Dec - TAJ Parents Workshop Module 2 14 Dec - TAJ Youth Motivational Workshop @ Jurong Youth Centre 19 Dec - Taj Parents Workshop Module 3

Looking for opportunities to participate, donate or volunteer? Call us at 6745 3969 for more info!

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for the Community Blk 1 Joo Chiat Road #04-1001 Joo Chiat Complex Singapore 420001

Newsletter Jul Sep 2015  
Newsletter Jul Sep 2015  

Events and happenings in PERTAPIS Homes from July to September 2015