Heartwarming heartland pictures captured in a book
These are heartwarming pictures of ordinary people, brought together in a book aptly named Portraits of Love.
It is termed as "a compilation of stories from the heartland".
Portraits of Love, or POL, is a project by the Home Nursing Foundation's (HNF) "desire to bring some warm memories to cold walls in our patients' homes".
The foundation is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
An exhibition featuring 30 photographs of patients which are also featured in the book was inaugurated on Friday (April 22) by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and Environment and Water Resources.
She led nine HNF's home-care patients and POL participants in an SMRT London Taxi convoy to the exhibition venue.
Among those featured in the exhibition are couples Mr A A Vasaant and Madam Marippan Jayaletchimi and Mr Shabbeer Ahmed Bin Saleh, 76, and Madam Meharunnisa Binte Syed Kassim, 67.
Mr Vasaant and Madam Jayaletchimi were involved in a major accident on a trip to India in December 2014. They suffered serious injuries to their legs.
Mr Vasaant, now 68, was even told that his leg had to be amputated.
But that didn't happen.
Madam Jayaletchimi, who still hasn't recovered fully, is able to cook, but takes short breaks to relieve pain in her legs.
Sometimes, she even enlists the help of her neighbour to buy food.
Madam Jayaletchimi, 65, who has diabetes and high blood pressure, told The New Paper: "I need help from someone to help me buy food and clean."
Mr Shabbeer Ahmed Bin Saleh and his wife Madam Meharunnisa Binte Kassim at the exhibition with their portrait in the background. PHOTO: DALENE LOW
Mr Shabbeer, and Madam Meharunnisa, lives in a rented single-bedroom flat in Clementi.
He takes care of his wife, who has Parkinson's disease.
He said: "I told my maid if she doesn't take care of me, it's fine. But she has to take care of my wife."
Said Ms Priscylla Shaw, president of HNF: "We just want to show a glimpse of our patients in their everyday life with their family."
The books, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, can be purchased during the exhibition at $20 each.
To purchase them after the exhibition, contact HNF at 6854 5500. Proceeds from the sale of the books will go to the foundation.
The exhibition runs until Sunday (April 24) from 10am to 10pm at Raffles City Atrium, Level 3.
Admission is free.