With the Chinese New Year just round the corner, we partnered AWWA, a local non-profit organisation, to bring beneficiaries with multiple disabilities such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and movement disorders, and their caregivers on an outing to experience the festive season at a mall on 30 January 2016.
As it is difficult for this group of beneficiaries to go out, their caregivers often provide round-the-clock care for them at home. Organising an outing for the beneficiaries was not only a treat for them but also gave their caregivers a much-needed break.
During the day out, the group enjoyed festive activities and a performance, visited a supermarket and had lunch together.
Joo Lian, a homemaker who volunteered at the event said that she was filled with compassion for the beneficiaries at first sight as all of them were wheelchair bound and some did not have the ability to communicate. She was glad to befriend a widowed mother who shared her delight at seeing her 18-year-old son having a good time with the group. This mother was also grateful for the opportunity to relax and do some shopping in the supermarket, knowing that her son was well taken care of by our volunteers.
The beneficiaries went home with their hearts full, blessed with fun, food and festive goody bags ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
The beneficiaries enjoying the festive shopping and picking out their favourite snacks. Our volunteer collecting the festive goodie bags for the beneficiaries.
Beneficiaries and their caregivers enjoying an energetic lion dance and drums performance to usher in the Chinese New Year.
A group photo taken right after the rousing performance.
Enjoying a scrumptious meal together at the end of the day.