A Fun Day at the Metta Charity Walk Cum Family Carnival

Written by: Migs C. Bravo-Dutt (Guest contributor)

Normally serene, the Metta Welfare Association compound was unusually buzzing with excitement last March 23, 2014 during the annual Metta Charity Walk cum Family Carnival day. Promising fun for the whole family, the day-long event was packed with a variety of activities, ensuring there was something for everyone, including health buffs, foodies, crafters, hobbyists, kids, bookworms, and those who simply wanted to be entertained by performance arts.

The event started off with the 3-km leisure walk in the morning, led by Guest-of-Honour, Mr. Lim Swee Say, Minister from the Prime Minister’s Office. An impressive turnout of about 900 participants joined the walk, which aimed to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Walking, after all, is possibly the simplest and most inexpensive form of exercise, and yet provides significant benefits such as maintaining healthy weight, and helping prevent various diseases.
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Returning back to Metta building, Minister Lim and Venerable Shi Fa Zhao sounded the gong to officiate the opening of the event after their speeches.

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Meanwhile at the Metta compound, hundreds of visitors dropped in, excitedly hopping from one stall to another. Navigating through a fair with so many stalls can be tricky, but fortunately this was not a problem at the Metta Family Carnival as stalls were grouped by zones of interests making navigation easier: Food Zone, Craft Zone, Stage and Program area, Uncle Ringo play area for kids at the basement. With 133 stalls catering to a wide array of interests, there surely was something for everyone who dropped by at Metta that day!

Some highlights of the Family Carnival:

  1. Food being key to the success of any celebration, the Food Zone was fittingly the biggest area in the carnival, easily transforming the Metta compound into a foodie’s paradise, with an incredible variety of sumptuous local delights from these participating stalls:
    • A1 Bubble Tea, Bakery House, Buddhist Life Mission, Chilli Api Catering, Coffeehock (2006) Pte Ltd, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel, Di Zang Lin – Kueh Tutu (嘟嘟糕), Gan Teck Kar Investment Pte Ltd, Genki Popiah (元气薄饼), Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, Jessica’s Delight, JOJO Coffee, JOJO Pancake, Kampung Café, Lao Ban Soya Beancurd (老伴豆花), Lim Family, Mahakaruna Buddhist Society, Metta School, Pop and Floss, Rainbow Fruit Stall, Roma’s Deli, SIA 5C, Singapore-Hong Kong International Restaurant Trade Friendship Association, Super Bean, Tan Lee Seng confectionery, The Sukha House, Xi De Li Pte Ltd, Yi Kou Wei, Yummilicious Fritters, Yummy Treats, Yuniku Na Café, Zi Yean Restaurant, 亲规 (Hamburger & Kebab), 和盛饼家, 大悲院, 家乡小吃, 心莲心, 惜缘, 慈爱 – Lok-Lok, 法华寺, 济心壇, 观音斋, 饼屋

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  2. In the Craft Zone, handicraft lovers and hobbyists had a choice from several workshops like pottery making and batik printing, while kids enjoyed getting face or body paints. Many stalls were also selling art pieces and handicrafts:
    • Metta’s very own Arts@Metta offered an “eclectic array of serendipitous finds” made by Metta beneficiaries, including tumblers, mugs, batik-printed shirts, among others. These products are also available on a regular basis at the Metta Shop;
    • There were also stalls of jade and other semi-precious stones;
    • A good selection of flowers and potted plants were likewise on sale, with a dainty flower arrangement going for as low as $5;
    • Ceramic art that went for $1, including an alphabet art that my seven-year old daughter purchased, and which now stands proudly in one of our corner tables;
    • Wire art and others
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  3. The booklovers were not overlooked as Tampines Regional Library brought in a massive on-site book borrowing facility, which included several types and genres, from picture books to fiction and non-fiction. The latter featured a gamut of categories like health & wellness, parenting, cookery, children’s titles and a lot more.blog-5
  4. Discover Prata Journey – Prata Journey was an interactive, hands-on, insightful and fun-filled experience on the art and science of Prata, conducted by Kampong Group Pte Ltd. Participants were encouraged to enjoy prata making, and explore creativity in the fun and unique workshop.
  5. FREE Breast Self-Examination Training for All Ladies Only – In between the fun workshops, there was also a free clinic to help generate awareness for breast cancer. Brought by experienced breast health trainer from SingHealth, the session showed how to do Breast Self-Examination, gain knowledge on Mammogram screening, and much more. During the self-examination training, ladies were taught to protect themselves against breast cancer by doing monthly breast self-examination to keep them aware of any changes in their breasts.
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  6. At mid-day, the audience was treated to a variety program, showcasing the talents of several groups of performers, ranging from singing, playing musical instruments, to dancing. This program gave students from Metta School a chance to demonstrate their performing skills onstage as they performed a high energy percussion number.In true Singaporean spirit, there was also Xinyao, characterized by a medley of songs, and a gathering of memories. Courtesy of TCR Music Station, the stirring performance likely left some audience members nostalgic – Xinyao was at its pinnacle in the 1980s and was popularized by the Chinese Singapore youth who gathered together in schools to write and compose songs just for the love of music.blog-6
  7. One of the most awaited segments was the lucky draw – attractive prizes were awarded to ten lucky winners, with Mdm Tham winning first prize! Some of the prizes given away included:
    • First Prize: New iPad Mini with Retina Display + On Cheong Jewellery Vouchers total worth over $1000
    • Second: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 + On Cheong Jewellery Vouchers total worth over $600
    • Third: Asus Memo Pad + On Cheong Jewellery Vouchers total worth over $ 500
    • Fourth: Vincent Watch worth $250
    • Fifth: Vincent Watch worth $250
  8. But even if one did not win in the lucky draw, one still had a chance to feel like a winner with the savings that could be had from the other stalls that sold basic items like Milo, noodles, diapers, among other things, at reduced prices.
  9. Kids had utmost fun at Uncle Ringo’s at the basement, which was transformed into a colorful play area with bouncers and an inflatable pool that looked so inviting it was a perfect foil against the sweltering heat outside that day.

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Metta is indeed most appreciative of the support from the stallholders, donors, carnival goers, walk participants and volunteers who have contributed significantly to the event. A special mention to the following for their wonderful support to the event: Singapore Pools, Tote Board, JP Nelson Equipment, TES-AMM (Singapore), Changi Simei Grassroots Organisations, Lian Yick Metal Tents, Kampong Group, MDIS, Standard Chartered Bank, UPS Singapore and PTC Systems.

It was clearly a fun and fruitful Sunday for everyone made even more so by the knowledge that all the fun was for a good cause – proceeds from the event will benefit Metta Welfare Association’s many services (http://www.metta.org.sg). I can imagine it took a huge amount of effort for the organizers to stage such an exciting, big-scale endeavor. If only it does not take herculean efforts to have this event, it would be so great to have it more often than just once a year!

Our new wing at Metta School was officially opened on 26th April 2013

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26 April 2013 marked a new chapter of Metta School – the Official Opening of the New Block. It was a joyous occasion for all staff as it was not just an event, or a new building completed. Indeed it was a new milestone for Metta School. The new block was officially opened by Minister for Education , Heng Swee Keat.

Key officials from the Special Education Branch of MOE, Principals & key personnel of SPED Schools, SMC, MWA, community and corporate partners of Metta School joined in the ceremony to share the joy with us ,while others sent their sincere congratulations.

At 9:00am, the arrival of the Minister was greeted by the thunderous beating of drums by our percussion group. He was then received by our school Principal, Ms Melison See, Venerable Shi Fa Zhao, President of MWA, Venerable Shi Pu En, 1st VP of MWA and School Supervisor, Mr Ee, Deputy Executive Director of MWA, Ms Felicia, Assistant Executive Director of MWA, Mrs Loke, Director, Education Services Division MOE, and Mdm Phyllis Chua, Deputy Director SEB MOE. Following the theme of the opening ceremony, ‘Soaring To New Heights’, all distinguished guests marked their presence in this ceremony by signing in using the Interactive Projector.

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To create the ‘feel’ of street entertainment, our dance group performed a short item to set the mood as the Minister made his way up to the multi- purpose hall where the official opening ceremony will be held. More ‘street entertainers’ greeted him en route to the hall. Four of our stilt walkers from the Sparks group performed a short routine to welcome the Minister.

The ceremony began with an opening speech by our School Principal. In her speech, Ms See outlined the programmes which the school has put in place to fulfil its mission of providing a holistic education for its students and to challenge students to soar to new heights. Her speech also highlighted that the school makes every attempt to infuse the meaning of ‘Metta’ – loving kindness and compassion and the 3 core values of the school – compassion, openness and respect into the hearts of its students. In line with the theme of the opening ceremony, ‘Soaring To New Heights’, the speech by the Minister highlighted the achievements made by the school, especially in the area of vocational training whereby students have the opportunity to attain nationally recognized certification. The Minister emphasized that the training facilities which the new block is able to offer would certainly enhance the quality of the school’s vocational training programme. He also pointed out that classrooms in the new block are equipped with interactive projectors to further enhance teaching and learning. The new block also has spaces which allow for flexible use for a range of activities conducted by the school. In essence, the facilities in the new block will enable students in Metta School to soar to new heights of learning.

In his speech, the Minister also reiterated on the school’s strong emphasis on character-building and applauded the school for the numerous opportunities given to the students to develop leadership qualities, teamwork and the spirit of sharing. In both speeches, the key role played by stakeholders such as parents, school partners and members of society was also mentioned as one of the factors that contribute to the success of Metta School students.

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The official opening of the new block was symbolized by the opening of a ‘door’ that was constructed on the stage. Students from the V and ASD programme who occupy the classrooms in the new block, together with a group of our young B Programme students, came out of the ‘door’ in excitement. It was a simple ceremony, but a significant one for Metta School as it signifies a new milestone in our school history.

After this ceremony, the guests were given the opportunity to view the different training facilities in the new block. The tour enabled them to see our students in action in the Baking and Food Preparation kitchens, in the Hotel and Service-Apartment training rooms as well as the skills training room for students in the ASD Programme. The tour ended with our guests witnessing the last stage of the record creation event. The Minister and his entourage had the opportunity to put the finishing touch on the last 8 pieces of batik art that will complete the whole project – 1000 pieces of batik art depicting the school values – compassion, openness and respect. School was awarded the record creation of “Largest Handpainted Batik”, which was received by Shi Pu En on behalf of the school. Our students cheered with excitement and joy upon hearing the good news.

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Refreshments were served for all guests, staff & students and the whole event ended in a joyous, celebrating atmosphere. Thanks to all staff who have been working hard in front and behind the scene, supporting and contributing to the success of the event.

By Siti Masita & Liu Ho Pui Han
(extracted from Metta School blog. http://www.mettaschool.edu.sg/)

Our 17th Metta Charity Walk cum Family Carnival.

w1It was a bright and sunny morning, we are honoured to have Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office as our Guest-of-Honour to join us in the walk. After the Zumba warm up lead by our Metta School teacher and students., we were off to walk the new route with less traffic, more greenery and cool breeze.

Our Metta building and Metta School was converted to trade, food and kids’ playground for a day.

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We have dances, live band, songs and even prata flipping demonstration at the stage.

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Our 2nd level was a art & craft heaven for both children and adults!

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Our basement was converted to a children’s playground for a day!

 

Click at our official facebook page for more photos we took during that eventful day! See you all again in Year 2015!

 

Our updated Year 2014 Calender of Events. :)
Our coming event is Metta Charity Walk cum Family Carnival on 23rd March 2014.

http://www.metta.org.sg/mettacarnival2014/

The Metta Charity Walk cum Family Carnival 2014 has put together a carefully handpicked selection of treats and offerings that are “Made in Singapore” as its theme this year. Awaiting you are tantalising delights to taste, fashionable clothes and accessories as well as pocket-friendly electrical and household products to grab, plus attractive travel deals, artistic crafts, carnival games and many more! There is so much to see and do as you discover the best of our homegrown brands. Don’t miss the Metta Charity Walk cum Family Carnival as it will be a day packed with food & fun for all!

The event is organised by Metta Welfare Association (Metta) to raise funds for its less fortunate beneficiaries, while promoting family and community bonding and healthy living. Funds raised will be used towards supporting the development and enrichment of disability care, medical care, special education and early intervention programmes that are provided by Metta Welfare Association.

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Metta Charity Walk cum Family Carnival 2014

Our first 2014 event of the year Metta Charity Walk cum Family Carnival 2014 is here again!

Date: 23rd March, Sunday, 9am – 5pm.
Venue: Metta Welfare Association building / Metta School
(32 Simei Street 1)

Guest-of-Honour: Mr Lim Swee Say. Minister, Prime Minister’s Office

The Metta Charity Walk cum Family Carnival 2014 has put together a carefully handpicked selection of treats and offerings that are “Made in Singapore” as its theme this year. Awaiting you are tantalising delights to taste, fashionable clothes and accessories as well as pocket-friendly electrical and household products to grab, plus attractive travel deals, artistic crafts, carnival games and many more!

There is so much to see and do as you discover the best of our homegrown brands. Don’t miss the Metta Charity Walk cum Family Carnival as it will be a day packed with food & fun for all! The event is organised by Metta Welfare Association (Metta) to raise funds for its less fortunate beneficiaries, while promoting family and community bonding and healthy living.

Funds raised will be used towards supporting the development and enrichment of disability care, medical care, special education and early intervention programmes that are provided by Metta Welfare Association.

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For more details
http://www.metta.org.sg/mettacarnival2014/

To register for the Charity Walk
http://www.metta.org.sg/mettacarnival2014/?page_id=619

To purchase coupon
http://www.metta.org.sg/mettacarnival2014/?page_id=85

To make a donation
http://www.metta.org.sg/mettacarnival2014/?page_id=160

To donate coupons to low income family
http://www.metta.org.sg/mettacarnival2014/?page_id=85

To volunteer
http://www.metta.org.sg/mettacarnival2014/?page_id=94

To fundraise for us
http://www.simplygiving.com/event/mettacarnival2014

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Metta’s Got Talent 2013

Once a year, Metta’s Got Talent 2013, is coming this 16th November 2013. It is a competition organised by Metta Welfare Association in search of budding talents within Metta’s nine centres, to provide a platform for Metta’s clients and staff to showcase their talent and gain recognition on their performing arts abilities.

Come and support us on
Date: 16th Nov 2013, Saturday. 7pm
Venue: ITE College East, Auditorium. 10 Simei Avenue S(486047)

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Metta Charity Run 2013

Metta Charity Run 2013

The RUNNING begins!

This year’s Metta Charity Run 2013, we have taken our run to the picturesque Punggol Waterway Park also aptly nicknamed by some as the “Venice of Punggol” for its beauty and tranquility. Runners will be running on the scenic park connector alongside a landscaped waterway resembling that of a river making the experience delightful.

The Metta Charity Run is an annual community event organised by the Metta Welfare Association (Metta) to raise funds for the development and enrichment of its disability care, medical care, special education and early intervention programmes in aid of some 1,000 beneficiaries from across various races and religions.

Symbolising the significance of journeying with the less fortunate, it is one way of giving a helping hand and supporting a cause that is close to your heart.

Join us for a great race on 7 September 2013!

click http://www.metta.org.sg/mettarun2013/ to register now!