It was an evening of praise and thanks from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the the Pioneer Generation Ambassadors appreciation dinner held at Gardens by the Bay on Monday.
Coming from all walks of life, this group of ambassadors mastered the policies and details of the Pioneer Generation Package, and communicated them personally in a clear and simple manner to our pioneers.
With a strength of just 3,000, PM Lee said the ambassadors managed to engaged 120,000 pioneers in just 10 months.
PM Lee also shared how they took time to learn how to interact with the elder, live in circumstances different from theirs and also tried to speak a less familiar language or dialect.
"Through their service and selfless dedication, Pioneer Generation Ambassadors embody the very same values and spirit that pioneers upheld to make Singapore a better home for all of us," praised PM Lee at the event.
Highlighting the touching efforts of Mr Nicky Low, PM Lee shared how the 18-year-old learnt how to appreciate our healthcare system and the needs of his own grandparents better through his ambassador experiences.
PM Lee recounted how Mr Low found a pioneer bleeding during a house visit and required further medical care.
Mr Low went the extra mile by first persuading and accompanying him to go to hospital, then visiting him.
Though the pioneer strongly resisted going to the hospital at first, he eventually got better and is grateful to Mr Low's help.
PM Lee also said a Pioneer Generation commemorative book "Their past: A Present for the Future" will be launched next.
It is a compilation of 50 stories of Singapore's pioneers discovered through Pioneer Generation Ambassadors' interactions with them.
PM Lee added that he hoped these stories will inspire the younger generation to build on the legacies of the country's pioneers.