Thursday, December 13, 2007
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill
We can do no great things, only small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!
Today had been another meaningful day for the team, the children and the community as a whole. Not only had this event involved parents, families, teachers, children and friends but also to our dearest friends in United States of America. Yes, Ms.Angelique and family who had took all the troubles in ensuring the celebration went well.
A bright and shinny day where the team had arrived at the centre as early as 7am. The EIC teachers, and committee members were busy preparing the food and decorations as well. Low Gin Tung and his sister were busy blowing the balloons. Shortly they were joined by Crystal and her brother. As it had reached 8am, Pang Ai Lu and Lee Jian came to the centre and were excited and happy to see the beautiful decorations. They were attracted to the Christmas tree and Christmas decorations. Oh they did not wait any longer to play the balloons that were prepared by the team members! Jing Jing arrived with her beautiful red dress and Ka Nyan came shortly. They were all so happy as the Christmas spirit was felt in the air. Some sang along and danced around the main hall to the Christmas songs that were playing.
The parents were busy in the kitchen, helping with the food and some just busy entertaining their children. The EIC teachers and committee members brought along their children as well that they played with the children together. A happy moment for the children as well as the families to see how their special children are accepted and loved by others.
Ms.Lat had to rush to English Tea House to take the 4 roasted chickens sponsored by Ms.Angelique. Then she fetched Nursyazwani (SM Sung Siew’s student) and her sister Aliyah that had volunteered to join the celebration. It was very nice of Nursyazwani’s mother, she made us a chocolate cake for the celebration. Thank you! :-)
We also received guests from the Sabah Cheshire Home staffs and nurses from the hospital. Thank you for coming! :-)
By 9:45am, Mr.Leong carried two boxes of the parcels that Ms.Angelique sent. We put them at the Christmas tree and planned to open it during the giving away presents later on.
At 10.10am, we started off with dancing and singing to Christmas songs. The children were all so excited that they kept playing with the balloons. We had fun as well kicking and throwing the balloons into the air. Then we decided to burst the balloons. The children were afraid at first with the sound, especially Ka Nyan as she kept covering her ears. Meanwhile Lee Jian got to gain his courage to burst the rest of the balloons.
As we all were getting hungry, we proceeded to the kitchen. All the food was prepared by the EIC teachers, parents and committee members. They were YUMMY! Especially the roasted chicken ordered by Ms.Angelique for us.
As everyone was stuffed, we all gathered at the main hall. Ms.Lat wore her santa hat and started her ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’ Ms.Meryhati helped her as well in distributing all the presents for the children. As they handed the gifts to the children, they were so happy and gave Ms.Lat a kiss on her cheek. They immediately sat and unwrapped their presents.
Each of the children received a magnetic board, meanwhile the girls received a girlie doll. The boys got each a puzzle to bring home. All gifts were from the team members.
Then, Ms.Lat and Crystal opened the two parcels of toys sent all the way from USA. Each of the girls received a Barbie doll, equipped with a set of house and its furniture! Meanwhile the boys received a set of train and its equipments. Oh! They were all so excited that they sat at their corner, looking through their presents and couldn’t wait to play them.
But that wasn’t all! Ms.Angelique also gave each of them a children laptop, fully installed with games and learning software. They were so happy as one could see from their eyes and smiles! They started pressing the keyboards and playing with it. It was a sight to see when Ai Lu carried the laptop like an executive around the main hall.
It was indeed a joyous time seeing how happy and grateful these children, upon receiving all the wonderful presents given by the team, Ms.Angelique and the EIC teachers.
The team also gave presents for each of the EIC teachers! Of course we did not forget them! :-) Meanwhile, we requested for the EIC teachers to keep Titus and Chau Yin’s presents as they couldn’t join us today.
The children went home, full with presents that they themselves could not carry! They were so happy, waving, giving us hug and kiss on the cheek. As they walked home, they looked back and waved with big bright smile on their faces. They know they will have new toys to play as they reach home. Their parents were grateful and thanked all of us.
Seeing their smiles and happiness, was a satisfying and content feeling to the team members. If only they could speak, they would say a thousand thank you to everyone that had made it possible. They would say thank you for accepting them, for loving and caring for them, for letting them be, like any other normal children, equally live and grow to their best abilities.
And because of this, we want to thank to everyone that had make this celebration another great success. Firstly, of course to
Ms.Angelique and family
for being so thoughtful, generous and kind to send the toys all the way from USA. Not only that, but also ordered for us 4 roasted chickens for the celebration from English Tea House. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Mr. and Mrs. Leong
For the troubles and co-operations you gave in helping us with this activity.
EIC teachers and EIC committee members
For making this possible. For supporting our project and continue to give your best for the wonderful children.
The children’s parents – for giving us the chances to come close and love your children. Thank you for the supports and co-operation.
Novelty Cakes and Restaurant – for sponsoring a delicious pandan cake for the celebration.
Mdm. Hafifah and daughters – for sponsoring a delicious chocolate cake and for joining us in this celebration.
Sabah Cheshire Home staffs and committee – for your attendance in making the celebration even merrier.
Parents, families and friends that had come as one in this celebration. Let this be, a starting point to embrace the true meaning of this celebration, that is to share, to give and to love and care.
P.S. Don’t forget to visit our gallery for the photos of the celebration.
What is Autism?
Autism is a develepmental disorder that impairs the person's ability to communicate and interact socially with the other people.
People with autism have great difficulty in learning or intellectual disabillities.
They also have difficulty in understanding the world around them, and thus would rather keep to themselves or to a rigid "safer" routine.
People with autismhave a wide variety of symptoms, IQ level and behavioural problems.
A more common term used to describe this disability is Autism Spectrum Disorder ( ASD ).
Current global statistics state that up to a staggering 1 : 167 persons suffer from ASD!
Strangely, 80% of Austistic are males.
What causes autism or ASD ?
ASD is caused by dysfunction of the brain in receiving, processing, coordinating and responding to sensory information, a process which most healthy people carry out automatically at an efficient rate.
Research shows that the brain of an ASD person processes information in a perculiar manner and often at a lower rate.
Hence, their response to sight, touch, sound, movement and balance can be very different fron other normal and healthy people.
What causes such a brain dysfunction remains unclear, but the factor suggested include genetic, biochemical and metabolic abnormalities, enviromental pollution and even certain viral infections.
Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder affecting so many around the world. Autism is not mental illness, these children and adults think differently. Albert Einstein, they say was autistic. How many in the audience know that there are 38,000
autistic people in Sri Lanka?
So we as entertainers, urge you all to ‘speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves
Lets spread awareness of autism, particularly when numbers of autistic children are rising and we urge our government to also provide public services – who knows we may even produce Albert Einsteins if we provide education, health, specialist speech therapy for autistic children in our lovely island....
Desmond de Silva
MISSION STATEMENT :
To equip Autistic children with the required skills to lead meaningful and independent lives within Sandakan society and to raise awareness among the public on autism.
+To expose the school community and the general public to autism in our effort to raise awareness via the creation of a website, so that the younger generation and the public may be more sensitive to the needs of these strata society.
+To help the autistic children, parents, teachers and the centre obtain a better understanding about Autism by providing any resources at the website on the subject.
+To give funds to the centre, so the teachers can get proper training in the future.
+To get the school community to contribute in helping the autistic children, through voluntary work such as charity work (cleaning and mural painting) and activity (mini concert) to raise fund for the centre.
+To change mindsets of every person in accepting autistic people in their community, so that they too feel loved and accepted as a contributing part of the society.
+To raise funds to improve the facilities of the centre.
+To create an awareness of the team members and the school community in general, of how much we should appreciate our lives and be grateful for it.
+To bring light to the children who are developmentaly delayed by having fun with them through activities.
A Cent A Day.
Date : From 18.09.07 to 12.10.07
Venue : Donation jars will be placed at school canteens and teachers' staffrooms.
Objectives : This activity gives a chance for the school communities to contribute and donate even just a cent a day! All collection and donation will be donated to Sabah Cheshire Early Intervention Centre in October.
Date : 06.10.07
Venue : Sabah Chesire Early Intervention Centre
Objectives : Along with Sung Siew community, this will be a whole day work on cleaning, planting and mural painting on the plain walls. This is to prepare the centre to children learning friendly.
Date : 21.10.07
Venue : Sabah Chesire Early Intervention Centre
Objectives : A set of games, aiming for these children. With these games involving the team members, the teachers of the centre, the parents and the children, we hope the children will have fun and know that they are accepted among the normal people too. This activity will be held during the Family Day, which will be officiated by YB Au Kam Wah.
Mini Charity Concert.
Date : 27.10.07
Venue : School Stage, School Grandstand
Objectives : A mini concert, allowing different group of students, consisting of uniform bodies, clubs and individuals, performing dance, singing and even band performance. This is to realize their talents and be thankful for it. So they get the chances to entertain, be entertained and the same time, do charity. All donation will be collected and used for educational aids, materials and toys for the centre.
H.O.P.E. team believes that these children need love, care and attention. Thus, the team is going to continue serving the centre in a long run. Starting with the adoption programme, festive celebrations and annual family day. This is a continuous effort and out of the team's willingness as we believe help doesn't come in short period of time, if one wants to see the outcome. We hope by then, we will grow with these children and see them becoming somebody too in the society.
Date : In November
Venue : Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre
Objectives : Team members are able to adopt their brothers and sisters at the EIC and get to know them, by spending time with them and teach them through the guidance from the teachers in the centre. With this, the children learn to be accepted and loved. As for the team members, this will be an eye opener and awareness to learn more about the children, learning to be patient and appreciate of what God has given to them.
Date : 13.12.07 & 19.12.08 [Christmas]
Venue : Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre
Objectives : H.O.P.E. team will arrange activities for Christmas celebration with the centre's committees. This celebration will involved all occupants of Sabah Cheshire Home, too!
Annual Family Day.
Date : The centre's anniversary
Venue : Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre
Objectives : Since our successful family day, we intend to continue this activity in the future. It opens chances of good interaction among the communities.
...and many many more to come!
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Project Name - Let 'Em Shine, Too!
The 9 Sparkling Shiny Stars!
The H.O.P.E. team members
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Ms. Michelle Tiew - Our Mentor from Maxis CyberlinQ
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Ms. Yong Wye Yee - Our Mentor from Maxis CyberlinQ
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Ms.Latifah Yusof Embun - Teacher Advisor
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Crystal Leong Sukyi - Team Leader
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Olivia Hon - Secretary
Catherina Maria Wong - Graphic Designer
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Low Gin Tung - Treasurer & Video Creator
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David Wong Yeong Yeow - Content Editor
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Stephanie Chen Mei Ying - Content Editor
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H.O.P.E. Team would like to convey our gratitude and thanks to the following for helping, supporting and contributing in anyway possible in making this project a success. Thank You!!!
~ YB Au Kam Wah (ASDK) ADUN N.45 ELOPURA, the Chairman of Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre.
~ Mr. Leong Kwok Cheong, SMK Sandakan Bestari's principal and the Treasurer of Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre.
~ Sabah Cheshire Early Intervention Centre. The teachers [Ms. Meryhati, Ms. Nelly, Ms. Yati & Ms. Sin Yee], the committee members and the children!
~ Mdm. Florence, Sung Siew Primary School's headmistress and Ms. Jennifer from EIC.
~ The children's parents. Thank you for your co-operation & supports.
~ Mr. Lee Chin Hoi, our school principal.
~ Sung Siew Secondary School community! Sung Siew is the best! :)
~ Maxis CyberlinQ 2007.
~ Our Mentors, Ms. Michelle Tiew and Ms. Yong Wye Yee.
~ Ms. Yati, for joining us on Family Day.
~ Angelique and family, our dear friends in US. Thanks for supporting us all the way!
~ Mr. Lo, Mdm. Dayang, Ms. Yau & Mr. Patrick, for your feedbacks in our interviews.
~ Raymond Heng, our ex-chief website designer.
~ Mr. Ahmad Kamal and Mr. Wahidi Abdullah for accompanying us on the Charity Day.
~ Mr. Patrick Lim and Mdm. Chong Fui Ha, along with all performers & volunteers for the Mini Charity Concert.
~ Mdm. Tan Puah Eng, our 1st Senior Assistant, for allowing us to use your printer and computer.
~ Cynthia Chee, for helping us with the video!
~ Family, parents, friends, individuals and organizations that had come to support this project.
We appreciate it!!