Stroll the Mall
By Frank Poon
South Shore Elder Services held the “Stroll the Mall” fund raising event for Meals-on-Wheels at theSouthShorePlazaon November 13, 2011. The Plaza gives South Shore Elder Services the space at the front entrance near Cheesecake Factory for registration and space for activities such as blood pressure testing, balloon animal making, making cards for homebound elders and free Health Care information.
Approximately 150 people participated in the walk. Free T-shirts were given to the first 100 walkers who raised at least $50.00.
The money raised goes towards the Meals on Wheels program designed for people 60 years of age or older, who are homebound, with a short-term illness or long-term chronic conditions. This program enriches the quality of life for elders by providing nutritionally balanced and satisfying meals Monday through Friday. The program provides hot meals to more than 1,000 homebound elders daily. In addition the program also provides Asian meals once a week at 3 locations in Quincy and once a month atRandolphfor Asian elder and caregiver support programs.
Frank Poon, Asian outreach coordinator from South Shore Elder Services helps to organize the event. Close to 100 Chinese participants fromQuincy,Weymouth,Hingham,Braintree,RandolphandAvon. The Yuen Ji Dance group fromRandolphalso participated in the event. “This is the first time we have had strong support from the Chinese community”. The event raised over $1,300.00. With the enthusiasm from the donors, almost all participants received a green color T-shirt with the Meals on Wheels logo. The Executive Director of South Shore Elder Services Edward J. Flynn thanks everyone for their support.
The Asian participants enjoyed sharing their time, their skills and experience as volunteers to help others. Within their ability, they are very willing to give. This was an excellent way to work themselves as a role model to show to their children and grand children on the caring and giving.