Rajes’ favourite balloon sculpture is the flower, because “it is the easiest to make”. Having learnt balloon art recently from a colleague, Rajes, 55 hopes to be given more opportunities to volunteer these new skills. She wants to bring joy to people, particularly children, since “children love balloons”.
A familiar volunteer to Bright Vision Hospital, she is part of the ACES (Active Contributing Engaged Seniors) Club, where members take part in volunteering activities to encourage active ageing. At present, she is assisting ACES club to conduct surveys on environmental needs for those above 55. A people person, the mother of two shared that people always approach her with their problems. “I can be a counsellor! I get along with most people and they always come to me when they want to have their problems solved.” It is no wonder that she is the hotline to call when her children would like to seek advice, whether it involves work or relationships. “They have been doing so, since young,” Rajes proudly shared about her close relationships with her son and daughter, aged 25 and 24, who have recently graduated from university.
With more free time on her hands after her children’s graduation, Rajes regularly signs up for dance and exercise lessons, such as yoga and Bollywood dancing at Community Clubs and Centres. She shared, “I have no proper training in dance, but I have always liked dancing.” She also takes part in WSQ (Workforce Skills Qualifications) courses to upgrade herself and keep her skills relevant to the changing market. Currently, she is looking out for more eldercare courses, in hopes to better prepare her to care for her ageing mother.