Stretching the dollar with Pioneer Monday discounts
Unlike many who suffer Monday blues, 75-year old Mdm Chua Hong Eng looks forward to Mondays.
Mdm Chua is one of the 450,000 Pioneer Generation cardholders entitled to the discounts and benefits offered by NTUC social enterprises under its ‘Pioneers OK!’ package.
“I love going to NTUC FairPrice on Mondays,” said Mdm Chua. “I enjoy the 3% discount for my bills, on top of the ‘Big Value Bag’ housebrand discount and the ‘Bring Your Own Bag’ rebate. Thinking of all these made me look forward to Mondays!”
At age 69, Mdm Nagamat d/o Kovindasamy is one independent pioneer. She shops at various supermarkets to check out the different prices of products before making her purchase. This is how she can get a bigger bang for the buck.
Having been brought up on the value of thrift, she finds the 3% Pioneer Discounts helpful as she enjoys substantial savings when she buys all groceries she needs for the week at NTUC FairPrice on Mondays.
Pioneers Monday discounts are offered at NTUC FairPrice, NTUC Foodfare and Unity pharmacies. In total, NTUC Social Enterprises had given Pioneers who patronized the stores $4 million in savings.
Bonding with friends over a meal in the Pioneers Priority seats
Mdm Lee Wai Ming, 75, enjoys her Monday routine more with the Pioneers OK! package.
Mdm Lee lives in Ang Mo Kio, and on Monday mornings, she would brisk walk at a nearby park with two of her long-time neighbours. They would then adjourn to NTUC Foodfare to enjoy a leisurely breakfast of toast, eggs and coffee, at a discount.
She said, “We come here after our morning walk, buy our breakfast, sit at the priority seats to take our breakfast and chit-chat. Then we go down to NTUC FairPrice to do our shopping so we can take advantage of the 3% Pioneers Monday discount.”
She added, “Of course I’m happy there are discounts that we can enjoy! After all, we are retired and have no income. These discounts are handy.”
Using technology to connect with family, through the Pioneer Exclusives programme
Mr Lim Chong Poh, 75, is one of the 130 pioneers who signed up for NTUC Learning Hub’s “Using Applications and Going Online” course. He saw an advertisement of the course in a Hougang Residents’ Corner and thought it would be good to learn how to use a mobile device, since 2G was being phased out. Mr Lim said, “I got to keep up with the times.”
“Completing this course is useful because now I can communicate faster with my family on my smartphone,” he said. “And use my tablet to perform Google searches so I can find the information I need, without having to rely on someone else to help me find it.”
Peace of mind at an affordable price
Mr Abdul Lateb Bin Ahmad, 67, found out about the exclusive PioneerCare plan (personal accident plan) from his NTUC Income insurance agent. This plan was introduced to pioneers in as part of the PioneersOK package, and cost 10% less than the SilverCare plan
“I decided to buy this plan because of the good benefits, reasonable premiums and the peace of mind knowing that I am protected,” said Mr Abdul Lateb.
He added, “PioneerCare, along with other Pioneers OK offers, is a great way of recognizing the role and contributions of the nation’s pioneer generation.”
Bringing benefits and fun to pioneers in the heartlands
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Mr Teo Ser Luck, Mayor for Northeast District joined some seniors from the Lions Befrienders who took part in some light exercise at Punggol Park on 6 September 2015. Ms Cadrina Cheng, Senior Befriender Executive, Lions Befrienders Service Association said, “The seniors enjoyed themselves and were all delighted to see our Deputy Prime Minister and Mayor”. The seniors also enjoyed free breakfast and took home a goodie bag each.
Seniors from the Evergreen Circle Senior Activity Centre, many of whom live at Tampines Street 81 where the activity centre is located and the neighbouring Street 83, took part in a number of PioneersOK! Roving truck activities. One of these was held at Chong Pang Community Club on 25 July 2015, where the seniors had the opportunity to learn how to use a tablet taught by trainers from NTUC LearningHub. Volunteers who accompanied the seniors to the events said, “Besides the goodie bags that they received, the elderly got to learn new things and be exposed to new electronic gadgets and places of interest. These were also opportunities for the more active seniors to assist and care for the frail and wheelchair bound elderly. We were able to capture on camera some candid moments of our members socialising and having fun together”.
Seniors from the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities Senior Activity Centre at Ang Mo Kio took part in the ‘Know Your Health’ event held at their premise. They had their blood pressure measured and blood sugar monitored as part of the health screening. Many were there with their friends who stay in the vicinity. The Senior Activity Centre volunteers shared, “The explanation and advice given by the dietitian was very helpful to the elderly”.