Today, Ms. Lat, Low Gin Tung and Crystal had a meeting on sorting and finalising the expenditure report at the teachers' lounge. We were quite happy that we got more fund than we expected, especially on the Mini Charity Concert, where we budgetted to raise RM300 but we managed to get double of the amount. All donation of RM1000.00 will be given to Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre through YB Au Kam Wah, as the chairman of the centre. This will be held during the school's speech day on 7th November as YB Au Kam Wah will be officiating the ceremony.
We also prepared the DVD to be mailed to Maxis CyberlinQ personnels. It will be mailed either this afternoon or tomorrow morning. The school clerk will help us to mail it. Thank you! :-)
Crystal helped Gin Tung to type the letter and report. After that, they went around the school interviewing their friends about Autism, Autistic Children and their projects. It was a good response and everyone co-operated.
Poor David, he is having chicken pox and has to rest at home. We did not see him in school at all. He got to have this holiday much earlier than us! Lucky David!
Cynthia Chee is going to help us in making the special video. Thanks Cynthia. :-)
Below are the pictures of today's meeting.
Typing out the expenditure report.
Smile! Always happy in everything we do!
The draft of the expenditure report.
Look at how messy the table was.
The DVD cover and the envelope to be sent to Urus Setia Maxis CyberlinQ
Our mailing address
H.O.P.E. 2:47 PM
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
We read a CNN news article on 'Pediatricians urge early autism screening' which we thought is very touching and important for our society to know about. Below is the extract from the article.
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- From the time her daughter was very young, Briana Vartanian knew something was wrong. Lola didn't smile. She didn't laugh. When she and Lola took walks in the park, Vartanian noticed how the other babies loved to be held by their mothers. Lola hated being touched and even more being held. But there was something even more devastating to Vartanian, who lives in Ladera Ranch, California. "Lola never looked at me -- she looked through me. She had no idea who Mommy was," Vartanian said. "And other kids love it when someone comes up to them and smiles. She'd freak out if someone approached her -- even if it was me or my husband." Vartanian told her pediatrician she was worried, the doctor told her Lola was fine. "She kept telling me wait and see, wait and see, and that really annoyed me," Vartanian said.read more
H.O.P.E. 9:47 AM
Monday, October 29, 2007
We applied a letter of adoption programme to the centre, through our principal. We hope the centre's chairman will approve it. This is the schedule for team members to have their time spend with their adopted brothers and sisters.
07 November 2007
Catherina Wong and Chan Chau Yin
13 November 2007
Low Gin Tung and Titus Hii Jia Dian
David Wong and Lee Jian
15 November 2007
Crystal Leong and Thien Shuet Jing
Olivia Hon and Pang Ai Lu
Stephanie Chen and Ho Ka Nyan
H.O.P.E. 8:36 PM
Sunday, October 28, 2007
for taking part in Mini Charity Concert and contributing through your performance!
Without your support and cooperation, there wouldn't be a successful Mini Charity Concert !
- Jeffred Liew - Yapp Man Kim - Loo Keen Loong -
"Middle Class Minded"
- Md. Zainul Ariffin - Jonathan Jupin - - M. Nizamuddin - Affendy Amat - - Mark Fredrick - Fabian Lawat -
- Elliot Khoo - Hareesh Menon - Daniel Tan - Chang Vui Hyan -
"Staff of the Steam Mill"
- Nehemiah Wong - Chin Jia Jun - Loo Keen Loong -
- Wesley Chang - Kevin Kwok -
- Kevin Kwok - Loo Keen Loong -
- Hezren Diman - Wesley Chang -
- Rowen S. Nirman - Elliot Khoo - Wesley Chang -
- Chang Vui Hyan - Daryl Kuyan -
"Da' Last Band"
- Mohd. Irwan - Fabian Lawat -
- Nasbal Harun - Affendy Amat -
"The Upside Down Band"
- Mohd. Azwin - Naz 'D - Mark Fredrick - Jonathan Jupin -
- Rasheena - Noorfarahizan - Rowen S.Nirmal-
- Anddrenus - Clarissa Lam - Tai Tsui Ying -
- Mr. Patrick Lim - Mdm. Chong Fui Ha -
- Nurul Farah Ain - Infazah Qistina -
- Amiratul Zaleiah - Nurshafeka Fiona -
- Siti Nurhidayah - Beatrice Orissaderi - Jennifer Jupin -
-Kristie Fung - Christina Chong - Tang Sung Yeng -
- Sandra Lo - Melanie Tang -
"The Ultimate Dancers"
- Belinda Hiong - Fang Yit Tze - Averil Foo -
- Lily Leow - Kok Pan Yee -
H.O.P.E. 2:14 PM
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Today is"Mini Charity Concert"where students and teachers come together to perform on stage. The aim of this event is to raise funds for the autistic children and Sabah Cheshire Home: Early Cheshire Home and also to show their talents at the same time giving people hope. Well, HOPE members arrived to school early around 6 am to do the final decoration and to clean and set up the whole astaka/stage. Once we arrived, we started doing our work immediately. We finished putting up all the logos, posters, decoration, setting the place up and cleaning the place up by 8.15 am. Sound system check and the PA system setup was done too by the Music Group of Sung Siew.
THANK YOU, Wesley Chang Ze Yang (3C) Elliot Nicholas Khoo Boon Kheng (3B) Rowen S. Nirmal (6A) Hareesh Menon (3A) Gordon Chang Vui Hyan (3B) Yapp Man Kin (3E) Datu’ Khairul Anwar (3F) Hezron Diman (6A) Daryl Kugan (2A) Marshal Bione Jilimin (4A) Chin Jin Yie (4D) Kevin Kwok (1A) Loo Keen Loong (5E) Daniel Tan (3A) Mohd. Irwan Sumadi (3B) Janice Slyvia Lo (3B) Liew Huei Yee (3A) Chan San San, Vivian (3B) Siah Boon Kiat (3B) Mandy Lo (3A) Jedd Chung (2B) Joyce Hiew (2A) Grace Lim (2A)
Thank you to all the volunteers, performers and the Sung Siew Music Team for helping us out in this event. We truly appreciate all the hardwork you've done. Thank you, Music Team. Without you guys, we wouldn't have a successful concert today.
Afterthat, all of HOPE members went to change into their pink team shirts (Cath's production! Cath, you did a very excellent job). Then, we started the registration for all the groups who were going to perform. All the participants and volunteers went to the counter to get their PINK straps. At 8.30 am, parents and students started to arrive. The audience had to donate a minimum of RM 1 to enter. They got each get a green strap to prove that they had donated. We had been very excited about this Mini Charity Concert all week long, finally its the DAY!
At 9.00 am, Ms. Lat, the m.c., gave a short speech about today's event, Mini Charity Concert. She explained the aim of the concert and what is autism and autistic children. The crowd gave responses when she asked them "What is this concert for?", crowd answered "Autistic Children". (A good sign, we had reach one of our objectives > to expose autism to the community). We were glad to receive more than 20 perfomances (bands, dance, singing, drama). The groups performing band are "Distorted Silence", "Quiet Riot", "Encore", "Velvet Line", "Middle Class Minded", "Staff of the Steam Mill", "Da' Last Band" and "The Upside Down Band". There are 7 singers = the songbird of SS, Rasheena, the teachers, Mdm. Chong Fui Ha and Mr. Patrick Lim, Anddrenus, Rowen, Noorfarahizan and the duets, Clarissa Lam and Tai Tsui Ying ;5 group of dancers, "The Ultimate Dancers", "Hanatsubasa", "Crazee", "Skattick's Gurlz" and "Cool Frenz" and also "Lo..Starz" performing a drama "Sekolah 4xS" and a song. The concert began at 9.05 am with a band perfomance by "Distorted Silence".
All the performance went smoothly even though there were some technical problems. The band perfomances were superb with performers playing their guitar and drums skillfully and singing such nice songs. All the dancers also showed great moves and dance steps. The singers were terrific while performing their song with all their heart. They really have good vocal skills. Mr Patrick, a great supporter of our project, sang 'How Can I Tell Her About You" and another song with his request of a donation from the audience. Thank you so much for the support and encouragement, Mr. Patrick. Mdm. Chong Fui Ha sang "Hey Jude" with the audience joining in the chorus and a chinese song too. Thank you, Mdm. Chong for staying up late with us yesterday to prepare for the Mini Charity Concert and you're great singer. Let's not forget to thank the audience too for coming and contributing at least RM 1 to help this group of special children and supporting throughout this project. The concert finally reached its last performance, "Breaking Free" by the duets at 12.15 pm.
We were surprised and happy as well to see Ka Nyan (one of the autistic children at EIC) and her mom came to watch our concert. Ms. Lat introduced Ka Nyan to the Sung Siew community and the students said 'hello' back to Ka Nyan. She was very happy to be here too... Stephanie and Ka Nyan also went walking around the school together..exploring..heheh... Thank you, Ka Nyan and her mom for coming to this special event made for you.
After the concert ended, without wasting time, we started cleaning up the stage and taking off the backdrop. The Music team carried the instruments and PA system to the room. Besides, they also helped us to move the tables and boards back to where they belong. All of us were working together. Finally, we finished everything at 1.30 pm. Then, we had a meeting before we went home. We took out the containers where people donates and counted the money. While we were counting the money, we talked about the outcome of the today's event and how we put in a lot of effort for this meaningful event. We were really happy to have completed the last activity that we planned, Mini Charity Concert and also thankful that the concert went well and made it a success. For your information, we also took a video of the whole Mini Charity Concert with the help of Stephanie and her friend, Chin Jin Yie who had their hands holding the camcorder for throughout the concert. We would like to thank the school for providing us the camcorder. :) !
We have managed to collectRM 308from the audience today. (not include the amount from the performancers) We did reach the targetted amount of money, RM 300. Ms. Lat also brought some Famous Amos and Secret Recipe cakes for us from her KK trip yesterday. Yummy...thank you, Ms. Lat for buying these for us. Afterthat, we talked about the upcoming event, Adoption Programme and what have to be done next week which is to finalize the budget. Well, after the whole day of hardwork, we were really tired. So after we had done eating, Ms. Lat, David, Steph and Crystal went for lunch and then Ms. Lat sent us home.
We were very happy to be able to achieve our objectives in today's event, Mini Charity Concert, with the help of the volunteers and performers, and support from the teachers and Sung Siew Secondary School and also Maxis CyberlinQ '07. Thank you everybody for making this event a meaningful and a memorable one. Signing off...
H.O.P.E. 11:37 PM
Friday, October 26, 2007
It was a tiring day! Each of us was so busy today! Backdrop, decorations, rehearsals! We even called the school community to help out. We started off our meeting at the reading hall sharp at 10 a.m. After a short "pow-wow", we went to the school grandstand and started our works. Unfortunately, Ms. Lat couldn't join us as she had to go for a prize ceremony of Web + Courseware Design Development Competition in Kota Kinabalu. :)
Without wasting time, we decorated the stage with fancy things such as cloths, colourful papers and aluminium foil. We took a break and continued our work at 2 p.m. Meanwhile, there were some bands and dancers were doing some rehearsals in the school too. We chatted, we laughed and we helped each other when needed because this was a team work! (winks) We cooperated with each other so well. :D It was totally hard when we were trying to hang the black cloth as well as to sketch for the backdrop. After 4pm, everyone stopped their work. It was 90% completed! 10% to go~:D We were tired and listless. We had muscle pains but we thought it was worth it because we were doing it for charity. Hence, we hoped that the biggest project and also our last activity, Mini Charity Concert will be a great success!! (prays) Please come to our charity concert!
By the way, we discovered that there's other team(s) copied our blog codes. We were quite disappointed about it, seeing all our hard work contents were on other blog. Don't they know about copyrights and piracy. We are wondering why do they do so? (scratch head) Hmm, lacking of confidence? Oops, unfortunately, that won't stop us from focusing on what we need to do that is TO DO GOOD. That's what this project is all about. Not just merely to win a competition, but to serve the community and learn good values from it.
Good luck to the other teams too and remember, to serve your community while having fun like us!! (cheers)
H.O.P.E. 11:41 PM
Thursday, October 25, 2007
This an article of 'Family Day' from our local chinese newspaper, dated 24th October 2007. Below is the translation of the article. Click on the image for bigger view. :-)
"Family Day" organised by Sung Siew Secondary School and Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre(EIC)
On the 21st of October, Sung Siew Secondary School Maxis CyberlinQ H.O.P.E Let 'em Shine, too! and Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre(EIC) had held their hands together to organise a "Family Day" for the autistic children. The objectives of this activity are to increase the awareness of community towards autism and to give the children love in order to make their lives more meaningful. This "Family Day" officiated by YB Au Kam Wah.
YB Au Kam Wah which is very into charity works said that this is the 1st time in history an organisation or school organised an activity to these lovely children. He is very happy for the energy, time, love and care shown by the Sung Siew Secondary School Maxis CyberlinQ H.O.P.E Let 'em shine, too!
YB Au Kam Wah is also the chairman of Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre (EIC) also stated that autistic children really need care, love and guidance from the community to ensure a better future for them.
Sung Siew Secondary School representative Mr Patrick Lim said that in his speech that he will fully support Maxis CyberlinQ group and keep up their good work. He also hoped that the team will keep on passing this message around to the community and the community will lend a helpful hand and give some love not only by donation.
According to information gathered, this Maxis CyberlinQ Competition is a competition that involved the whole Malaysia's school. Sung Siew Secondary School chose "Autism" to be their theme of project and held a few activities to help the autistic children, one of them of course is the "Family Day". Apart from that, they also passed a donation of RM 500 to YB Au Kam Wah the chairman of EIC and also the team did some mural painting in the centre not long ago.
The Leader of Maxis CyberlinQ Sung Siew Secondary School group, Crystal Leong said that the team consists of 2 mentors, 1 teacher advisor and 6 students which make up 9 members all together. She said that the reason why the team chose this theme is because the H.O.P.E team realised and noticed that this group of children needs more attention from the society.
Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre (EIC) already got 6 autistic chilren. To develop their brain more efficiently, YB Au Kam Wah and Sung Siew Maxis CyberlinQ group had bought some useful studying materials, and to enhance the facilities in the centre.
H.O.P.E. 9:29 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
We had our meeting today before school dismissed. There will be 21 performances on this coming Saturday. We want to thank them foremost, cause without them, the mini charity concert will not be possible.
Ms.Lat had brief them about the rules for the concert. After the briefing, the members had their short meeting on the preparation. When the last bell rang, they had their lunch in school then departed with Ms.Lat to buy the materials needed for decorating the stage for the Mini Charity Concert. By 3pm, everyone reached home.
Below are two attachments of the appreciation letter from Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre and an email from Catherine Leong in Australia. We are really thankful for the encouragement and support we received. Through this letter and email, we learnt that we had done something meaningful in this lifetime and wish to do more in the future. Although our contribution may be small, we hope it opens many hearts to lead the example. We love the children and indeed, we want them to grow equally like any normal people... deserving to live and be part of the community. So, let 'em shine, too!
[Double click on the image for bigger view]
The letter from Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre Sandakan
An email from Catherine Leong, Australia
H.O.P.E. 3:59 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Today the team had a meeting arrangement with some of the band performers. They are going to help the team to set up the band equipments and PA system on the Mini Charity Concert day this Saturday. The team got to discuss on how the arrangements and preparation on that day. Tomorrow we will have a meeting after school, with all the performers and then to finalize the numbers of performances. Then we will go to shop for the stage decoration with Ms.Lat. This is our poster that will be pasted in school to promote it.
We also had bank in the amount of donation that we collected for the 'A Cent A Day'. Total amount is RM444.37. All will be donated to the centre, together with the amount collected for the mini charity concert.
This is the feedback video of our 'Family Day' from the community that had come for it. Overall, everyone was happy with it and it was a success. :-)
H.O.P.E. 6:05 PM
Monday, October 22, 2007
A very meaningful day for all of us. A day where we could spend time with the children, learn more about them, understand them and to give love and care. Fun day with everyone - parents, families, teachers and the children. This video is especially made, the day to remember... where friendship is built, love is planted and better understanding is made. Thank you to all. The children are the stars... they are shinning brightly :-)
[Kindly mute the main audio of the website when viewing this video. :-)]
P.S. Interview of the family day will be uploaded tomorrow :-)
H.O.P.E. 7:59 PM
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Today is "Family Day". All the members, teachers and mentors arrived at the centre at 7.30am to help and decorate Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre. We decorated the centre with the help of a child while the EIC teachers and parents were cooking and preparing the refreshment. At about 8.30am, we finished decorating the place and a few minutes after that, YB Au Kam Wah, the chairman of EIC arrived with his wife.
YB Au Kam Wah visited the centre and talked to Ms. Lat and some of the team members too. At 9.00am, everyone arrived at the centre except Mr Lee Chin Hoi, principal of Sung Siew Secondary School because he could not make it to the centre. So without wasting anymore precious time, MC of the day, Low Gin Tung started the programmes. It started off with a speech by Crystal Leong, leader of H.O.P.E. team, followed by a speech by Mr Patrick Lim, representative of Mr Lee Chin Hoi and finally a speech by YB Au Kam Wah. The speech of YB Au Kam Wah was so meaningful, YB Au stated that everyone has to do their part to shine the autistic children's life and this is the first time where a "Family Day" is held in the EIC. After the speeches, is the presentation of souvenirs to mentors and YB Au Kam Wah. Next, Mr Patrick handed over a cheque of RM500 from the team's project fund as a donation to the centre, to YB Au Kam Wah, the chairman of EIC. [The team had decided to donate the allocation for Education materials and toys. This is because special educational materials for these children are not available here. The centre would know best on how to get them or on how to use the fund for these children's best interest] Then, YB Au Kam Wah went into one of the classrooms to play with the kids, they had lots of laughters during that time. Unfortunately, YB Au had to leave at 9.45am to attend another occasion at 10.00am, he ate the breakfast prepared by teachers of EIC before leaving.
At 10.00am, the games began and all the kids joined in and had a lot of fun time singing, dancing, playing with their parents, members of the team and their friends. The game session started with a warm up dance called 'Shake, shake shake', we danced, we cheered, we played and we smiled together. The next game is 'Puzzle Race', the children at the centre are very good at this, they even beat some of the team members. Each of them got a hamper prepared by the team. Then, we played the balloons. The children were so happy that they got to play with colourful balloons and some of them even burst the balloons by sitting on it and poked it with the help of their parents. After the "explosion of fun" with the balloons, we filled the water guns and started a water war. Everybody took part in this activities, from teachers to children. After 30 minutes of water war, everyone was so wet and damp, so the children took a bath before heading for their lunch.
After their lunch, we had a handprints session where everyone had to paint their hands with water colours and print it on the manila cards.
All the team members enjoyed the fun time and they did some final clean up before leaving the centre at about 12.10pm. Sorry for the mess we made !
As a conclusion for today, it was such a fun time playing with the kids, there are almost nothing that they couldn't do, what they need are care and attention from the society. It was also a good interaction among the teachers, team members, EIC committee and the parents. Everyone was gathered as ONE - to do their part to brighten up these special and wonderful children' lives!
1) Videos interviews of parents and teachers in "Family Day" will be posted tomorrow :-)
2) Thank you to Michelle and Yati for spending their weekend with us and the children. We really appreciate it. We hope you had a great time and had collected some unforgetable memories during your stay in Sandakan :-)
H.O.P.E. 12:59 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Today our mentor arrived from KL, Ms. Michelle Tiew. She brought along her friend, Yati. They arrived at 10:20am, welcomed by Ms. Lat and her friends.
Since the ‘Family Day’ is tomorrow so Ms.Lat brought them to some of the tourists attractions in Sandakan Nature City. They had visited the Sandakan Crocodile Farm, Sandakan War Memorial Park, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, sight seeing at the town of Sandakan and English Tea House.
In the evening, they had dinner with the 4 of the team members, Crystal, Low Gin Tung, David and Catherina at Ocean King Seafood Restaurant. After an ice-breaking session between the mentor and the members, they started discussing about the autistic children, the centre and the activities of ‘Family Day’.
We really appreciate your time here, Michelle and Yati. And we hope you will have lots of memorable experiences to bring back and share with others. :-) Looking forward for the ‘Family Day’ tomorrow!
Let'em shine, too!
H.O.P.E. 11:46 PM
Friday, October 19, 2007
As planned, Crystal, Stephanie, David and Catherina went to Ms. Lat's house at 9.00am sharp. We started counting the money we got from the activity " A Cent a Day". The counting part was quite easy as there were 5 of us, we double checked the sum of money and we departed to Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre.
At about 10.00am, we arived at the centre. We played with the children for a while and Catherina was generous to have brought some home-made Kuih Raya for the kids. They were so happy when they saw the Kuih Raya. Unfortunately, they were not allowed to eat food and beverages with high content in sugar so the teachers at the centre kept the Kuih Raya. At 10.10am, we started the meeting and we discussed about the programmes on Family Day, things to buy, and the teachers at the centre told us more about the children. The meeting ended at 10.50am.
After the meeting, we went to shop for decorations, stationeries, puzzles and things that we need to use on Family Day. Our 1st stop was at Wong Yung Kee Hypermarket, we went to the 4th floor and bought our stuffs. Then we hit for the next target, the bank. When we arrived, it was full so we waited for our turn for 15 minutes before banking in all the money from "A Cent a Day" donation. After that we went for our lunch at KFC then we started shopping again at Giant Hypermarket to buy the stuffs which we couldn't find in the previous Mart. Then we went to Jinni Printing Enterprise to print a banner.
Crystal's trip ended here as she had an organ lesson to attend at 2.30pm, the others continued their shopping adventure at Genting Mas Mall, another Hypermart which is famous for low price and high quality stuffs. We bought 15 water guns at the mall after we bought some souvenirs at Sabah Hotel's souvenirs store. At 3.30pm we bought some glitter glues to decorate some souvenirs we bought for the guests of honour and mentors.
Today's adventure ended in Giant Hypermart again because we had to buy some more souvenirs for the mentors and YB Au Kam Wah, the guest of honour.
Ms. Lat was so nice as she sent all of us home, this Shopping Day ended at 6.15pm, all of us said Thank You to Ms. Lat for taking us round Sandakan for the whole day to buy the things we needed. Once again "Thank You Ms. Lat".
"Let 'em shine,too!"
ps. the other 2 members couldn't join this shopping day because they do not have transportation =)
H.O.P.E. 9:50 PM
Monday, October 15, 2007
Selamat Hari Raya, everybody! Hope everybody is enjoying their Raya holidays! As for US, we are totally having the best of Raya at Catherina’s open house. YEAH, Cath has invited H.O.P.E. members to her open house. When we arrived, Catherina, wearing her beautiful Raya clothes invited us into her house and served us the drinks. The dishes were cooked by her dad, woah..were DELICIOUS.We love the cookies too. While we were eating, we also talk about the upcoming activity, Family Day at the centre. We plan to get the materials needed this Friday.We also get our 'Duit Raya' heheh.. thank you, auntie and uncle. Thank you Cath, for this very special day!
Today : Raya open house at Catherina's house.
Thank you for inviting us, Cathz. :-) Selamat Hari Raya :-)
H.O.P.E. 10:15 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2007
This is the video of our last visit with the Autistic children (Sketch Day - 05.10.07).
H.O.P.E. 1:20 PM
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Here, we want to wish all Sung Siew community, all Maxis CyberlinQ 2007 semi-finalists and the nation...
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Maaf Zahir Batin
H.O.P.E. 9:13 PM
Friday, October 12, 2007
This is an interview with Sung Siew students, about their understanding on Autistic Children. Thanks to those who co-operated in this. :-)
H.O.P.E. 8:40 AM
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Today, we interviewed Mr. Patrick Lim, a senior teacher in Sung Siew. He is our best supporter, who had donated RM100 for the Mini Concert :-) Thank you Mr. Patrick for your co-operation in this interview. If you noticed he is looking down, that caused our questions were in a piece of paper. *Hehe* And ensure you download Flash 9 in order to view this video. :-) And also, stop our main audio on the bottom in order for you to hear the video better. :-)
We'll post the interview with the students tomorrow, after we do the editing. :-)
H.O.P.E. 6:46 PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
This morning, the team managed to interview three teachers from the school, regarding on their knowledge about Autism Children. Enjoy the video. More interviews are coming your way! :-)
H.O.P.E. 10:24 PM
We are all very excited to know our Mentor, Michelle Tiew is coming on 20th October, to attend the Family Day - Mini Sukaneka on 21st October. We really appreciate your effort in this, Michelle! :-) She is coming along with Yati, her partner. Ms.Lat is going to be their tour guide while they are in Sandakan.
Welcome Mich - to the nature city! :-)
H.O.P.E. 12:35 PM
Monday, October 8, 2007
Ms.Lat contacted the centre asking on the responses from the children seeing the mural painting on the walls. They were happy, excited and they liked it very much! Especially the cat. Hehe :) We were glad to hear it :D
This morning we sent in our feedback report on the charity day to the school and to the Education Department. We also printed a set of certificates for the volunteers that had helped us on last Saturday. All signed by the principal :)
Looking forward for the Family Day! :-)
H.O.P.E. 3:16 PM
Saturday, October 6, 2007
"Brushes and paints?" "They're here!" "Hey, where's the plastic bags and gloves?" "They are all here!" "Alright, let's have fun while doing charity work!" (laughs)
Everyone was ready! We all gathered in the school, feeling happy, and went to the centre by bus. The team consisted about more than 30 members. Once we got off the bus and waved 'goodbye" to the bus driver, we gathered around and Ms. Lat gave a short talk about the charity works. She told us to behave well as well as to enjoy ourselves while we were serving the community. Everyone listened attentively.
The staffs and teachers in the centre welcomed us with big broad smiles. They kindly introduced themselves to us. How nice they were! After that, we divided among ourselves into 4 groups. Tung and Cathz will lead two groups to have the mural paintings inside and outside the centre whereby Crystal, Olivia, David and Stephanie will lead the others members to do some spring cleaning around the centre.
We painted the wall with beautiful and colourful graphics! We cut the grass and cleaned the windows! We even washed the toilet and mopped the floor! We took a break for a while and we continued our work. Ms. Lat joined the team and painted the wall too. All of us enjoyed ourselves so much that we even forgot the tiredness we had. Although our hands were dirty and full of paint, we were all very satisfied with the outcome. The centre had finally gave a new fresh look to other people! Joy and laughter filled the atmosphere.
We were sure that the autistic children will be surprise and like the paintings on the wall and the surroundings of the centre. Through this activity, we learnt the value of cooperating with each other to obtain success that unity is strength. Besides, we really had a lot fun while serving the community. Hence, you should start to serve your community too hereafter! (laughs) H.O.P.E. team signing off...
H.O.P.E. 3:32 PM
We believe this is our fifth layout! Hope it is better than before. Since we had been receiving comments on improving the presentation of the website, we decided to design a new one. We had to work on this one till late night. Still more to improve on, especially on the gallery. Will get that done this weekends. Now time to hit the bed. Tomorrow, we need to wake up early for the Charity Day :-)
H.O.P.E. 12:05 AM
Friday, October 5, 2007
Today, H.O.P.E. team members went to the centre to sketch out the mural for tomorrow. Crystal, Low Gin Tung and Ms. Lat went straight to the centre right after the PMR ended. :) Freedom at last to all Form 3 students! :) We were so lucky to meet the children today. OMG! They are so adorable! The teachers and children were having their daily activities when we got there.
After greeting the teachers, we explained that we were here today to sketch out the drawing for the mural painting tomorrow. We handed the sample of drawings drawn by Catherina (yep, her drawings are cute and splendid!) to the teachers to let them see. The teachers told us that they want the drawings to be simple and understandable by the children. Finally, we decided to draw the teddy bears (Cath’s production) on the walls outside the centre and also the picture of a puzzle given by the teachers inside the centre.
We started drawing right away as we wanted to buy the stuff we need for tomorrow after this. While we were drawing, the children poses in front of Ms. Lat’s camera. We were having fun with the children as well as drawing. They joined us drawing too! Ms. Lat said that she can’t wait to play with them during the Family Day. Finally, we managed to finish sketching after two hours.
Then, we were off to buy the materials for tomorrow (mural paint, brushes). We said goodbye to the teachers and the children. Aww, we didn’t want to leave the children. Oh well, since the parents were coming to pick them up, we might as well see them next time! Anyway, we got our materials and Ms. Lat sent us home!
Today, we were so fortunate and blessed to see the children having fun together with us! ~ H.O.P.E. ~
H.O.P.E. 2:41 PM
The team received approval letter from the Education Department of Sandakan Division. Meaning, the team can proceed with their Charity Work tomorrow at the Sabah Cheshire Early Intervention Centre tomorrow. We will update on today's event later this afternoon. After the last paper of PMR exam, the team will go to the centre to draw the sketch of the mural painting and buying the paints. That's all for this morning :-D
H.O.P.E. 6:57 AM
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Ms.Lat reminded the team members to bring their parent's permission letter tomorrow for the Charity Day and Family Day (Mini Sukaneka) at Sabah Cheshire Early Intervention Centre. Tomorrow will be the last day for the PMR exam paper. Good luck team members! Tomorrow Crystal, Low Gin Tung (right after their PMR!) and Catherina are going to the centre to draw sketch on the wall for the mural painting on Saturday. Ms. Teoh ('Penyelaras Gerko') will confirm on the bus, the food and the drinks tomorrow as well. Mr. Patrick Lim had donated RM100 for the 'Mini Concert'! He is going to sing a song on that day. He also said that, he will be willing to sing another song if anyone willing to donate another RM100! Anyone wants to take that challenge? :D By the way, CONGRATULATIONS to SM SUNG SIEW for winning the award of Excellence in Co-Curriculum (Anugerah Lonjatan Saujana) nationwide! Well done all! :D
H.O.P.E. 6:33 PM
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Yes, now it is confirmed. We have another mentor in the team :) Ms. Yong Wye Yee. Welcome to the team! :) And team members, be alert for this :-
admin said... dear sm sung siew, For Final presentation, there will be 5 teams from each category to be invited for the session. and each team will have 5-10 minutes to present about the project that they have done completely. We will post details of the event once the result of Phase 2 is announced. Thank you. regards, Maxis CyberlinQ Committee 2007 October 2, 2007 10:02 AM
H.O.P.E. 2:40 PM
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Thank you to Mr. Lee Chin Hoi, our school principal for releasing our implementation project fund. So this Friday the team can proceed buying materials for the Charity Day on Saturday. :) Ms.Lat received an email regarding on the mentor confirmation. The team might receives two mentors :) The more the better, so we could get advice for the betterment. Hope to get the further confirmation on it though. :)
H.O.P.E. 2:08 PM
Monday, October 1, 2007
Today, Ms.Lat received a forwarded email from the principal. The team received another mentor, Ms. Yong Wye Yee from Maxis CyberlinQ. We wondered how many mentors are given to each team? Anyway, Ms.Lat emailed both Ms. Yong Wye Yee and Ms. Michelle Tiew Weng Seew regarding on the matter. We don't mind having more mentors. Would be a great help to the team :)
H.O.P.E. 1:39 PM
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!
Christmas Celebration 2008 [19.12.08]
Outing to Rainforest Discovery Centre and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre [25.05.08]
Sumi, Japanese Volunteer's farewell Party [12.03.08]
Visit to Sibuga Sport Complex Playground [26.01.08]
Ms.Angelique's Christmas presents for the team [03.01.08]
Final Presentation & Prize Ceremony Dinner [17.12.07]
Kuala Lumpur Trip [15.12.07 - 21.12.07]
Christmas Celebration [13.12.07]
Another day at the centre [28.11.07]
Low Gin Tung's Adoption Day [26.11.07]
David's Adoption Day [19.11.07]
Olivia, Stephanie & Crystal Adoption Day [15.11.07]
A day at the centre [13.11.07]
Catherina's adopted sister, Chau Yin [07.11.07]
Mini Charity Concert [27.10.07]
Preparation before the Mini Charity Concert [26.10.07]
Family Day [21.10.07]
Charity Day [06.10.07]
Sketching Day for Charity Day [05.10.07]
A Cent A Day
First Visit to the centre [21.07.07]
Team Name - H.O.P.E 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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Dont remain anonymous and silent, speak up! Let us listen to the voices.
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!!
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SUNG SIEW SECONDARY SCHOOL
MAXIS CYBERLINQ 2007
Sung Siew's H.O.P.E. Team
Let 'em shine, too! The Project
Through this toilsome world, alas!
Once and only once we pass,
If a kindness we may show,
If good deeds we may do,
To the silence pain of children,
Let us help them while we can,
No delay for its plain,
We shall not pass this way again.
Can you sense their longings? Can you feel them asking you for help? Though we disregard them, their longings are felt deeply. Nevertheless, many selfish and heartless people resent their presence in this world.
And here we are again! We are back in the Maxis CyberlinQ 2007! This year, the team members of Sung Siew Secondary School's Maxis CyberlinQ 2007 are going to help the children who suffered from Autism at Sabah Cheshire Home Early Intervention Centre Sandakan Sabah. Autism is a development disorder. As we all know, children with Autism have trouble communicating and interacting with the other people. Besides their literacy is way lower than normal people. Hence, our project's resolution deals with exposing the community about these special autistic children and as a leading voice to increase public awareness about autism and their day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact.
Therefore, we as the future leaders of the nation are going to move heaven and earth to help these autistic children to create an outset of life filled with sonorous laughter, courage and self-assurance to face our community and their hustle and bustle of lives in the future.
Yes, we cannot deny the truth that these special kids are innate autistic and we cannot blame God for that. Nonetheless, our contributions to help them are minor, we can still make a difference for these less fortunate children. Don't let these kids grow in despair, give them hope and joy because they deserve a lot more! Every individual including you, are able to enrapture and embrace their lives with just a minor but significant help! As the saying once goes, " If the thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well "