Friday, December 19, 2008
Greetings, everyone ! Christmas is just around the corner and how can we forget about the children, right?
This morning, we had a joyful Christmas Celebration at the Cheshire Home with the teachers, parents and the beloved children. We were surprised to see the centre was beautifully decorated with colourful banners, crepe papers, Christmas decorations and of course, the traditional big Christmas tree at the corner of the room. We were even surprised to see Lee Jian had grown taller and Titus had grown thinner and more handsome. Well, as you knew, time passed when they were entering into their teenage years. *laughs* Unfortunately, Kah Nyan did not attend the celebration as she went to K.L. with her family. And the very good news were Ms Mery...whoops, Mrs. Meryhati is pregnant! Congratulations to her and her husband!
Many guests were arriving as the time was counting down to 10 am sharp and we started our activity that was caroling! We sang some Christmas songs and the whole atmosphere had changed from a pice of silence room into a noisy, joyous celebration. Moreover, the children were running around and laughing as they were trying to sing with us. Then, after speeches were given and prayers were made, we started to dig the food! Thank you to the committee members, staffs and teachers for preparing such a wonderful meal. We chatted a lot with the teachers and sharing life experiences with each other. We joked, we laughed and we played with the lovely children. Titus, like usual, still enjoyed his puzzle and Chau Yin with her plush toys.
And hey, how coincidence that today was Lee Jian's birthday as well! We sang a Happy Birthday song to him and he blew the candle by himself and cut the cake. Happy Birthday, Lee Jian! Finally, after the mouth-watering meal, exchanging presents session started and Ms. Lat was called to do the honours to announce the lucky numbers. : ) Afterthat, we started to chat again~
At around 11. 30 am, Tung went back home first following by Ms. Lat, Crystal and her father. We bid farewell and went back home with joyful hearts. We had a very wonderful time with the teachers and children as we promised to visit them in future. Last but not least, let's wish Ms. Lat all the best and good luck as she has been transfered to Kota Kinabalu next year! Congratulations, Ms. Lat ! May you have fantastic years in Kota Kinabalu and continue the passion as a promising teacher to educate the young generations. Of course, Chesire Home will always welcome you with open hands and warm hearts. Congrats!!
Christmas will be approching and we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Be sure to spend them with your beloved ones and stay tune here for more updates. Go, H.O.P.E. !
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.