PAULINE YIP - GOING THE EXTRA MILE Print

As a U Live Ambassador, Pauline has dedicated much of her time to helping others age healthily and even in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, she continues to dedicate herself to the community through sewing of masks.



Going the extra mile
By Aloysius Ang Jun Fung, Diploma in Mass Communication, Republic Polytechnic

As a U Live Ambassador, Pauline has dedicated much of her time to helping others age healthily and even in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, she continues to dedicate herself to the community through sewing of masks.

Pauline smiling as she volunteers to pack COVID-19 care packs

(Photo: U Live)

Can you picture what life would be like for you as a 70-year-old? For most of us, I imagine we will be leisurely living out our retirement days while relaxing and enjoying what life has to offer.

After a long life, most of us would probably just want to rest and relax. However, for 70-year-old Pauline Yip, she has dedicated her time and energy to being a U Live Ambassador, volunteering for the last 4 years and has even received a community award from U Live last year.


Becoming a U Live Ambassador

Before being an Ambassador, Pauline joined U Live as a member and participated in various activities that U Live hosted. Through her participation in these activities, she gained multiple opportunities to help U Live in other events which led to her becoming an active volunteer and trained as a U Live Ambassador eventually.

She said: ‘I took advantage of the discounted course fees to sign up for the Zumba Gold courses. During one of the courses, a few participants including myself were invited to perform at a U Live Wellness event. The group felt grateful for the opportunity to showcase the workouts we had learnt in the wellness programme to the public and from then on, we continue to give support to U Live whenever there was similar invitation.’

During the Covid-19 crisis

When the crisis escalated back in February and the DORSCON level was raised to orange, Pauline took it upon herself to sew masks due to the senior activities being suspended.

Initially, when she saw reports of panic buying and of surgical masks shortages, she wanted to be able to sew her own masks in case her family ever needed it. As such, she watched videos online to learn how to DIY the masks.

‘My thought was also to sew some masks for my family members to standby in case they are unable to get the surgical mask.’ Pauline added, ‘during this period, I chanced on many videos on YouTube on DIY reusable cloth masks and in one of the posts, the sewer shared that a doctor also used a cloth mask. That got me interested and curious to try out the different designs shared on YouTube.’

Furthermore, after learning about the Masks Sewn With Love project by People’s Association in April, Pauline decided to join the project to further contribute to society. ‘I felt it was a meaningful contribution to sign up to support the project. MSWL provided sewing packages sufficient to make at least 50 masks, I sew at my own leisure and completed in 5 days.’

Benefits of being an active U Live volunteer

Ever since joining and volunteering with U Live, Pauline has broadened her social circle and even learned how to play musical instruments from the friends she met at U Live.

She said: ‘I made new friends through participating in the activities. We kept in touch and encouraged to volunteer in other mass activities for seniors. Through these friends I was introduced to participate in Chingay Parade and learnt to play the cajon and ukulele.’

Pauline also added on that being a U Live Ambassador and volunteering with U Live has helped her gain a purpose and bond with the community more.

She said: ’The participation gives me tremendous satisfaction to serve as a U Live Health and Wellness Ambassador too, and to be able to contribute and makes me feel connected to the community. It is also to promote happy, healthy, productive and purposeful living for active agers.’