A million thanks to Mr Dick Lee for making the lives of all our senior residents at Woodlands Care Home so much more beautiful! Our hearts just grew three sizes and our good folks could not stop talking about Mr Lee and that Christmas programme we did for them last 8 December 2017! It was such a heart-warming and a very meaningful event!
We could not get enough of Mr Lee! He nicely posed with the residents, staff, and the rest of our volunteers for photos! A true Singapore idol!
This is Mr Subramanian and he’s a huge fan of Mr Lee. He had earlier asked if I could give him a photo of Mr Lee so what I did, I introduced him to his idol and took these nice photos of them together!
Here are our group photos! We struggled to squeeze ourselves in these shots!
We sincerely hope that Mr Lee will continue to support us in our future charity events and help promote dance therapy for the elderly by dancing to Mr Lee’s songs. Wo Wo Ni Ni is such a cheeky song and everybody just loves dancing to it!
“Tell me the last time you danced and I will tell you the last time you were happy.” – unknown
Mr Dick Lee’s Mom was from Ipoh and from her he learned Cantonese. This is his ticket to landing engagements in Hong Kong, having been able to write songs in Cantonese. Wo Wo Ni Ni apparently was that song his Mom was very fond of, that taught him a bit of Mandarin. Interesting to know that this song was not written by Mr Lee but by Ms Rebecca Pan (Pan Wan Ching).
He also made it big in Japan and Wo Wo Ni Ni, which he revived in 1989, was a sure hit and was in fact used as a jingle for some diet crackers or drinks TV ad!
Studies have shown that dance therapy brings well-being and happiness to old people. In our sincere drive to promote dancing as a form of therapy for senior residents of nursing homes across Singapore, we have been dancing to Wo Wo Ni Ni and teaching the rehab teams and the residents of nursing homes the dance steps. The joy it brings to our good folks, simply beyond what we had imagined it to turn out! Just hearing a familiar song and without them even knowing it, hips are swaying and arms are up in the air!
Health authorities have long known that the arts can play a valuable role in the physical and mental well-being of older people, Mark Tran of The Guardian said. A Royal Society of Public Health report in 2013, he furthered found that music and the visual arts improved vital signs, reduced anxiety and blood pressure and highlighted dance for its potential in easing loneliness and in encouraging non-verbal communication. Physical benefits include improvements in balance, strength and gait, which reduce the risk of falls.
We serenaded our good folks with popular Christmas songs!
And we all sang Home with Mr Dick Lee towards the end of the programme.
We had no idea it would be that exciting to meet and spend the day with Singapore icon Mr Dick Lee! He was very warm and friendly to the staff, the volunteers, and most especially to our senior residents!
Mr Lee mentioned that this was the first time he had guested a charity event for a nursing home. Equally thrilled were the residents and staff of Woodlands Care Home because this was the very first big event they had and the first time that a celebrity had visited this home!
Ms BS volunteered to emcee for the event. She’s a huge fan of Mr Dick Lee! We made sure we took lots and lots of photos of her with Mr Lee during the event! Thank you so very much, Ms BS! You did really great!
Our senior residents and the staff of the nursing home came in prepared with their glittery Christmas hats and noise makers!
When he was a young boy, Mr Lee said, he’d listen to his Mom’s records and that his Mom was very fond of this Chinese singer Ms Rebecca Pang, who originally sang the song Wo Wo Ni Ni. Mr Lee popularised this song in 1989. Apparently, this song taught him his first Mandarin words!
“When there are troubles to go through, we’ll find a way to start anew. There is comfort in the knowledge that home’s about its people too. So we’ll build our dreams together, just like we’ve done before; just like the river which brings us life, there’ll always be Singapore.” – Dick Lee