Congratulations in getting 7As in your PMR. Well done!
H.O.P.E. 11:50 PM
Thursday, December 27, 2007
These are the videos of our presentation during the 'Final Presentation. We had been working hard during the school holiday in preparing for this presentation. All the effort, time and energy that spent on this were worth it.
[Please remember to mute our main audio before viewing this video. Thank you.]
Video of our presentation during the Final Presentation at Citrus Hotel Kuala Lumpur on 17th December 2007.
Video of our Questions & Answers Session during the Final Presentation.
H.O.P.E. 2:12 PM
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
All of you may wonder, what are we doing in Kuala Lumpur after the competition? Yup, we have about 4 or 5 days to have fun!
The first day, our mentor, Michelle and Yati brought us around Putrajaya. It was an eye opening for us to see such magnificent building structures and the surroundings. We went for late lunch in Secret Recipe, Alamanda Shopping Mall. Then, we visited Putrajaya Mosque, Dataran Perdana, Putrajaya Botanical Garden where we got to know many species of flowers and their scientific names and passed through the Seri Wawasan Bridge where we grabbed the chance to stop by and took a few pictures. It was such a wonderful tour in Putrajaya! Checked in Dynasty Hotel, dined at the nearby mamak stall, and we were not going to sleep, not until we sat on the well-known ferris wheel in the nation, Eye On Malaysia! It took hours for us to queue up for our turns, but it was worthed it when we had an exquisite bird eye view on Kuala Lumpur on top of Eye On Malaysia! Our hearts were satisfied and ready to go back to the hotel. Thank you Michelle, her sis and Yati for spending time to bring us around Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur!!
For the second day, we stayed in the hotel to prepare for the final presentation. We trained together for the whole day and asked questions with each other. Ms. Lat even taught Crystal how to speak confidently, correct body language, pronunciations, intonations and manner. We slept early to get full energy for the big day. Oh yeah, we also got to watch movies through StarMovies and HBO in the room.
Third day - the big day. Woke up early, and ready to go for the final presentation! We were surprised to know that we were the lucky number one to present our project. But still, we managed to calm each other down and took some time to prepare for the presentation. During the final judging, Crystal and Ms. Lat able to answer the questions that the judges could bring forward and concluded our presentation with a special video. All of our hardworks had finally paid off when we were announced that we were the champion in the Maxis CyberlinQ competition during the award ceremony night at Nirwana Hall, Crown Plaze Hotel! Winning this competition really exemplified our endeavours and passion to help the autistic children at the centre.
The next four days - Checking out Citrus hotel with smile masks on everyone's face and joyful hearts, we checked in Coronade Hotel and we were ready for fun! We went to many shopping malls where we shopped till we dropped namely in Sungei Wang, Mid Valley, Times Square, Lot 10, Pavillion and Low Yat Plaza. And not to forget that we met up with Michelle and Yati at Mid Valley's Nando's to celebrate our victory! We also had breakfast with Ms. Yong Wye Yee at Starbucks too. We really want to thank our mentors for guiding us throughout the project. Now, the exciting moment came when we were in Genting Highlands! Wohoo! We rode many thriller rides and shopped a lot!
Last day - After sending Crystal to Pudu Raya, Ms. Lat, Stephanie and Tung boarded the skybus to LCCT. Lunch at Asian Kitchen, sharp at 2 o' clock, we boarded the plane to go back to Sandakan. We bet, we had the best moments in K.L. that we will cherish them in our hearts. Be sure to look at our gallery to view some of the best moments that we had during our K.L. trip.
And to other competitors, you all have done your parts in contributing and helping the society. Winning or losing doesn't matter because you're always the WINNERS in everyone's hearts!! Cheers to everyone and to you! You can make a difference in your society.
H.O.P.E. 10:03 AM
Monday, December 24, 2007
We, H.O.P.E. would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. It had been a blessing moment for us, working in this project and getting supports from everyone. Have a good one with family and friends, as Christmas is a time for sharing and love. God bless.
H.O.P.E. 6:30 PM
Thank you to Ms.Angelique for the lovely and meaningful Christmas e-card. We wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas. Thank you for sharing your love and care to the children at EIC and also to the team. Merry Christmas!
H.O.P.E. 6:23 PM
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Forgive us if we brag, you've heard it from the everyone and Maxis CyberlinQ official blog too, we bag the first prize in Maxis CyberlinQ competition and winning Best Mentor Award and Best Blogger award! This year is another wonderful year for us, our school, the centre and the children! Thanks everyone who supported us throughout the project!
So back to bragging, last few months ago, a team which consisted of 6 students and 1 teacher was formed and was given the name H.O.P.E. Later on, Maxis CyberlinQ granted our team with 2 capable and promising mentors, Michelle Tiew and Yong Wye Yee. From that day onwards, H.O.P.E.'s mission was to act as a leading voice to air out awareness and helping autistic children in every way we could. We worked very hard throughout our holidays and it was worth it. We laughed together, we shared our joy and tears together and we helped each other. The journey had finally came to an end, but wait, you may asked...
"Hey, you guys are going to stop here right after grabbing 3 awards?!" or "Is H. O.P.E. team going to demolish soon after the competition?"
The answer is definitely no. Winning this competition does not stop us from serving our community. It is our willingness to help the autistic children and the society. There are still many special children who can shine more like stars. If only we discover the stars, polish them up by giving them right early intervention, they can shine like bright stars too!
Once again, congratulations to SM. Sung Siew's H.O.P.E. team! We swept three awards and emerged as the champion two years in a row! Our wish is that everyone, including you, are going do more charity and contribute to the society. Remember to serve your community while having fun like us!
"We have put our heart and soul in this project. It is our passion to volunteer to help them." - Tung
H.O.P.E. 9:12 AM
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Greeting from H.O.P.E. reporting from Genting Highlands!
We are in Genting Highlands now enjoying our times in KL before heading back to Sandakan this Friday.
Just a brief report of the competition... WE WON!! Yes, we won AGAIN! We'll give a full report of our trip, the final presentation and the prize ceremony dinner when we get back to Sandakan. Right now, time does not permit us to stay in front of the computer, as there are so many things to see, shop and have fun. But to make it short, we are having an amazing time since the day we landed in KL. This to thank Michelle Tiew, the best mentor we could ever had, and her very cool friend, Yati. Also, to all the friendly and kind Maxis committees.
Congratulations H.O.P.E. for winning
FIRST PRIZE for SECONDARY SCHOOL CATEGORY
H.O.P.E. 2:03 PM
Saturday, December 15, 2007
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”
So this is it. The final of the competition. We'll depart to Kuala Lumpur at 10:25am and arriving at 1:10pm. Mdm.Michelle and her friend Yati will fetch us from the airport and bring us for touring.
As for tomorrow, Sunday - Mdm. Michelle will bring us to the Christmas Open House at Pusat Jagaan Kanak-kanak Nur Salam, in Chow Kit, a charity programme with Maxis. Below is the details of the place and the programme. Thank you for allowing us to join. It will be another great experience!
Rumah Nur Salam, which includes Pusat Aktiviti Kanak Kanak, Chow Kit, is a 24 hour activity center and 'safehouse' that wants to provide a 'safe,' healthy and loving environment for all children under the age of 18, living or loitering, in and around the Chow Kit area of KL. Children registered at the center are given food, shelter and are exposed to educational, health and recreational activities and programs that otherwise may not be accessible to them.
On an average day, there are about 30 children who attend a program at the center. Currently, this number increases to around 70 children on weekends. Most who come to the center are under the age of 12, but the number of teenagers who attend a program is on the rise. To date we have over 126 children registered.
Who are these kids? Most of the children are poor and discriminated against and are, from the areas around Chow Kit and the greater parts of KL. They are, for the most part, unable to have their basic needs met and there is little adult supervision. Thus, many children stay on the streets in the middle of the night and are deemed as 'high risk' children.
Rumah Nur Salam is a collaboration project between the Department of Welfare (JKM), Wilayah and Yayasan Salam, Malaysia to assist, protect and address the issues that these children face and to provide a 'safe' zone or sanctuary for them.
MAXIS CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Sunday, 16 December 2007 Pusat Penjagaan Nur Salam, 24B & C Jalan Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur
9.30 am- Maxis volunteers to meet at Menara Maxis and take bus to Nur Salam
10.00 am- Arrival of Maxis Volunteers at Nur Salam Volunteers start to decorate the Home with Christmas decors
11.00 am- Decorating the Christmas Tree
11.30 am- Welcome by Raja Azizan (Executive Director)/Dr Hartini Zainudin (Consultant)/Raja Aziz (Executive Director, Internal Affairs
- Presentation by children from Nur Salam Home
-Christmas Carols by the Lighthouse
12.30 pm - Games/Fund Activities with Santa Clause/Clown Jon Eddy (COO Maxis) presents mock cheque & school shoes to the children
12.30 pm- Lunch with the children
- Group photo with the children
02.00 pm- Good Bye
We want to thank all that have been giving their blessings, prayers and supports to us from the beginning of the project until this end. We promise that we'll do our best. Especially being 'the voice' for these Autistic children.
We'll do our best in posting you our latest happenings while in KL. As for now, we leave you with an extract taken from Low Gin Tung's blog, posted very, very early this morning. [2am]
Tung : Yes, we are representing our school, ourselves, our town, our supporters, our friends, the centre and not to forget, the innocent special children. We are representing them, to bring and to speak out for those who can't speak out for themselves. This is it, as I have said, it is a game. A game that will come to an end sooner or later. But, we are not going to stop! We ought to replay the game though we finish it already! Children at the centre, we urge to speak for you! Winning or losing doesn't matter, the important thing is, to become as a leading voice to tell about autism to everyone! Hence, WISH US LUCK in the final presentation in Kuala Lumpur, Citrus Hotel. Pray for us, as this is the one and only one golden chance to bring autism awareness back !! K.L, here we come~
H.O.P.E. 8:00 AM
Friday, December 14, 2007
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. ~W.T. Ellis
The laughter could still be heard. Their smiles and joy could still be pictured. Their happiness and the love could still be felt. Indeed, yesterday was a wonderful and meaningful day for all of us, as the children were smiling and happy.
Below is the special video of the celebration yesterday. Please turn off our main audio when you view this video.
We will be leaving to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow for the Final Presentation on Monday. Our mentor Mdm. Michelle Tiew and her friend, Yati will be bringing us touring after arriving in KL. On Sunday, Mdm. Michelle Tiew is bringing us to the Children Safe Home for Christmas Charity with Maxis. Thank you for inviting us to join. We also want to thank Mdm.Michelle Tiew for her troubles, kindness and co-operation all these while. God bless!
H.O.P.E. 1:40 PM
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.
H.O.P.E. 7:41 PM
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. ~Harold Hulbert
It had been a long day today. Crystal, Tung and Ms.Lat met in school at 10:30am. We went to see the principal regarding on the final presentation. After that, we went for lunch and proceeded to the centre to decorate the place with Christmas decorations.
We had put up the Christmas trees and the decorations. Tomorrow we will continue the rest of the decorations, balloons and the presents! We planned to go to the centre as early as 7am.
We got the information that Ms.Angelique's presents for the children will arrive tomorrow morning itself. She also sponsored for 4 roasted chickens, stuffings, mashed potatoes and gravy. She ordered them from our very own English Tea House. It will be a wonderful celebration tomorrow! :-) Thank you so much Ms. Angelique!
Anyway, Ms.Meryhati informed us that two of the children won't be able to join us - Titus Hii and Chau Yin. Chau Yin is down with fever and meanwhile Titus went for holiday with his family. So four of them will be around tomorrow - Lee Jian, Jing Jing, Ai Lu and Ka Nyan. Their families will be joining us as well. The team members' families and EIC committee members are also coming for this meaningful moment. :-)
We are looking forward for tomorrow's Christmas celebration with the children and the community! Counting the hours...
H.O.P.E. 8:22 PM
Monday, December 10, 2007
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Meade
Crystal and Tung went to Ms.Lat's place at 10am and started our discussion and practice. Ms.Lat called Mohd. Faizal at Maxis CyberlinQ office and got the details of the final presentation.
We will be staying at Citrus Hotel at Jalan Raja Laut and the Final Presentation will be held at the same hotel as well. Meanwhile the Prize Ceremony Dinner will be at Grand Season.
Our principal had confirmed of joining our Christmas Party this Thursday. We hope that YB Au Kam Wah could join us as well, since we were informed that he has another event to attend on the same day. We are going to the centre this Wednesday to decorate the centre for the Christmas Party.
H.O.P.E. 7:11 PM
Saturday, December 8, 2007
"Follow your passion, and success will follow you." ~Arthur Buddhold
Today had been a rainy day. Yet it did not stop us from proceeding our plans. Three of our members are not around. David went to Holland, Catherina in Jakarta and Olivia in KL. So left us - Crystal, Tung, Stephanie and Ms.Lat. We all gathered at Ms.Lat's house in the morning to discuss on the final presentation, KL trip and preparation for the Christmas Party for the EIC children. We also went to shop for the materials needed for decorations and wrapping papers. After we had finished wrapping the Christmas presents, we decided on four Christmas songs to be sang on that day. We proceeded with practices for the final presentation. Everyone went home by 5pm. We are to meet again on Monday, to have more practices and preparation for the final presentation.
Happy Weekends! H.O.P.E. signing off...
H.O.P.E. 5:38 PM
Friday, December 7, 2007
"It isn't the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it." ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other." ~Burton Hillis
Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. ~Washington Irving
The Christmas Party celebration is postponed from 10th December to 13th December. Ms. Angelique had generously sent the children some Christmas presents all the way from USA. Two packages are to be expected by early next week. We want to take this opportunity to thank Ms.Angelique and family for their generousity, kindness and thoughtfulness. We sure the children will be thrilled and happy to get them. God bless you! :-)
Meanwhile, Ms.Lat had bought some Christmas presents as well for the children during her trip in Kota Kinabalu, using the fund that the team had collected in selling the DVD of Mini Charity Concert. The EIC committee members will be in-charge of the food, meanwhile the team will arrange the games, activities and decorations on that day.
Ms.Lat had received a call in confirming the date of 17th December as the final presentation. Anyway details of the venue and accommodation will be informed later.
Looking forward for the Christmas Party for the children at EIC. :-)
H.O.P.E. 2:21 PM
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
The Star, Friday, November 9, 2007
Bursting with joy
By PANG HIN YUE
Clement Ooi is an artist who captures powerful emotions in his work.
WHEN the National Art Gallery ended its monthly Saturday market last December, Annie Kam thought the door had closed on her son, Clement Ooi, 18. For two years, she had faithfully accompanied him to the gallery to sell his artworks, which range from black and white animated series to acrylic paint on canvas.
The weekend market had been a good avenue for Clement, Kam says, as he had attracted buyers from Japan, Germany, the United States, Australia and Britain. His best- selling pieces were – and still are – the Heliconia series, in which the flowers inflamed in blood red hues are contrasted against a backdrop of leaves of various shapes and sizes etched intricately in charcoal.
But the closing of the gallery was a just a temporary setback. Through a friend last year, Kam was introduced to Lookiss art gallery owner, Kerk Boon Leng, who took an immediate liking to Clement’s art and decided to help him.
Kerk, a corporate lawyer, has been buying paintings that capture the essence of the history and geography of Malaysia, for more than two decades.
“Clement is a fantastic artist. The emotions he captures are very powerful. They have to do with his artistic talent and not his condition,” he says.
When one tries to sell a piece of painting on the basis that it is done by a person with a disability, it does not give the artist due credit as this would be a case of trying to sell sympathy. “That’s not right,” says Kerk.
He feels Clement’s visuals embody “naïve art” in that he is able to tell a story as it is, without pretending to be profound. And, unlike some artists, he is not consumed by the need to perfect the techniques.
Clement is the youngest among 13 artists producing works for Lookiss, which is housed in a whitewashed double-storey bungalow in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Last weekend, he held his first solo exhibition, themed Unadulterated, at the gallery. On display were over 40 drawings and paintings which he did between 2003 and 2007.
Ever since meeting Kerk, Kam and her husband have learnt to recognise that their son is indeed a gifted artist and that his autism is secondary. Kam admits that previously, when Clement had joint exhibitions with others, the caveat was that he is a person with autism who has a talent for art. But now she sees him as an artist in his own right and hopes others can see him in the same light.
Clement started drawing at seven. But at that time, Kam did not know how to appreciate his art.
“I threw most of his drawings away, thinking he should do something better than doodling,” she says.
Nevertheless, she enrolled him for art classes – probably one of the best things she has done for him, she says. Today, Clement is learning the finer points of art under the tutelage of Chee Sek Thim and Yau Bee Ling. Besides drawing and painting, he enjoys a hectic social life that can put his peers to shame.
Thanks to the untiring zeal of his mother, Clement is actively involved in dancing, acting and bowling, besides being schooled at Kairos in Petaling Jaya. He joins the monthly social clubs organised by Calvary Church and Damansara Utama Methodist Church for the learning disabled community. He is also learning about his rights through a self advocacy group for the learning disabled called United Voice.
“He is a very happy guy and I think it shows in his art work,” says Kam. Indeed his latest series of paintings on sunflowers with vivid hues of yellow seems to be bursting with energy and joy.
H.O.P.E. 4:47 PM
H.O.P.E. 8:00 AM
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 "