At first glance, it may seem that there is a fun fair in place at this area, but on closer look, we will see Mr Lim, a 84 year old gentleman whose love for children never runs dry. His schedule runs Monday to Fridays from 430pm - 730pm where he will lug along boxes of toys and walkers for the little ones at the HDB block to play with. Come rain or shine, he is always there, setting up the booth for young ones to play, be it in the open area or within the pavillion.
Speaking to him on why he does what he does, he mentioned to me his love for children is there and believes in a community spirit where he can help and watch young toddlers grow up. Some of these toddlers he has watched them go from crawling to running around. As I spoke to him, there were numerous parents who came with their toddlers who came by to thank him before leaving.
As he talks to me, he shuffles around the playground area with a broom and dustpan in his hand where he keeps the environment free of twigs and fallen leaves such that the toddlers can play safely. Once in a while, he runs over to get this playmat down as the wind blows it, to place it at the base of a slide which he deems is relatively fast where children may get abrasions if there was a improper landing. He also has a collection of plastic balls where he lets all the children play with and he heads over to pick up those that have been blown further away from the play area by the wind.
Sharing with me a bit more, he is a one man show, where he actually runs the whole event every weekday himself. Occasionally some of the other residents do join in and help him carry the toys to and fro and also in packing up. He also makes it a point to regularly wash with dettol all the toys to keep them clean. The local RC, in this case, it will fall under the Holland Bukit Panjang Town Council has helped to provide one storeroom to store all the toys and walkers.
He believes that more can be done in the community. Personally, I think it will be great should the local Town Council encourage with full support the community spirit that Mr Lim helps to cultivate.
Ending off, I thanked him for allowing Baby Enyu to play with the toys. And I asked him whether there are other things that I could do for him. He briefly mentioned a first aid kit such that children if injured have something to fall back on. I promised him that one will be on the way for him as I will get it packed and ready for him.
Thank You Mr Lim for being a light in the community, shining bright to allow the young ones to smile and enjoy!