UPDATED: Metta 2017 Fundraisers

We know you are all excited and so are we too! Here’s bringing you the updated dates of our fundraisers in 2017! Do keep your eyes peeled for more updated information on our next Charity Movie Screening!

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Metta e-Newsletter: Vol 21 Issue 2

President’s Note

Autism: Making Acceptance an Action

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The Lunar New Year Blessing Ceremony cum ‘Lou Hei’ Buffet Luncheon on 4 February marked the launch of Metta Silver Jubilee celebrations with a festive big bang. In celebration of Metta’s 25th milestone, I am thankful for the community, our corporate partners and committee members as they joined us to officiate the launch through the symbolism of breaking apart two upsized fortune cookies baked by Metta Cafe.

The recently ended Metta Charity Carnival 2017 saw a great success with a Superhero theme that honours our long-time supporters, donors and volunteers. It is the support of our ‘superheroes’ that Metta has come this far. It doesn’t matter the size of the contribution, it is the gesture that counts and Metta is honoured to have these ‘superheroes’ making a difference to the community in their own ways.

The World Autism Awareness Day is observed in the month of April with the aim to raise awareness on the needs of persons living with autism, as well as a highlight of their strengths. More concerted effort needs to be done apart from raising the awareness by making acceptance an action. Putting that step towards acceptance of persons with intellectual disabilities creates an ideal compassionate society that we aim to become. Metta is working to achieve its mission to encompass acceptance through the collaboration of community projects to its disability care centres as part of its training programme and integration of our beneficiaries into the community.

I take this opportunity to thank Metta’s ‘superheroes’ for coming forward in their selfless efforts to engender a spirit of giving and grace to the less privileged.

With Heartfelt Gratitude

Venerable Shi Pu En
President
Metta Welfare Association


Recent Happenings

Metta Charity Carnival 2017
19 March 2017
Metta Building

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19 March saw a smashing Sunday for Metta Charity Carnival goers as Walk participants and volunteers came dressed in their best superhero costumes. With a superhero theme to the Metta Charity Carnival 2017, it represents the unsung heroes of our supporters from the stall holders, donors and volunteers who have dedicatedly served and supported Metta over the years.

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Gracing the event as Guest-of-Honour was Ms Jessica Tan, MP for East Coast GRC and Advisor to East Coast GRC GROs as she flagged off the morning 3-km Charity Walk around the Simei estate that preceded the Carnival. President of Metta Welfare Association, Venerable Shi Pu En delivered an opening speech and together with Ms Jessica Tan, they adorned a bamboo screen with a pair of clay butterflies adopted from Arts@Metta as a symbolism of growth to new heights and officiating the start of the Carnival. Ms Jessica Tan also presented the Scholarship Awards to 10 Metta School students who graduated in 2016 from the ITE Skills Certificate courses in Baking Practices and Facilities Technology.

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Getting to and from the Carnival was also a breeze with a $5 discount promotion tie-up with ComfortDelgro through the latter’s cab booking app. Garnering among the best attractions of the day were five volunteers from the 501st Legion Singapore Garrison who came dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Starfighter pilot of the Rebel Alliance, and a host of storm troopers. A family of Spiderman and various superhero characters joined in together with an entourage of Harley Davidson bikers who came in their Harleys to pose for pictures with the public.

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The Carnival also saw new vendors such as the Smoothie Bike by the Vegetarian Society (Singapore), Churros factory, Minato Singapore (sole distributor of Japanese Disney themed confectioneries) among the new stall inclusions. Entertaining the crowd with magical illusions was Tommillusions, a premium magician who works with Mediacorp on serials such as “The Truth Seekers” and “Soul Reapers”, performances by students of Metta School and Fuchun Primary School, amongst others.

Our satisfied superhero stallholders had nothing but praises for the Metta Charity Carnival.

“The Metta Charity Carnival 2017 appears to be doing better than the previous years. I will continue to participate again and I hope that our Carnival will get better in the coming years.”

Ms Lian Lin Lian, long-term
supporter and stall holder of
Metta Charity Carnival.

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“Vegetarian Society (Singapore) is glad to be able to help at this carnival and we thank Metta Welfare Association for the partnership in helping build a kinder, healthier and greener world.”

          Yeow, new supporter and
stall holder of Metta Charity Carnival.

Despite a hot Sunday, the weather did not hamper the crowd as many came with their families and joined in the afternoon fun.

IF YOU MISSED BEING WITH US AT THE RECENT METTA CHARITY CARNIVAL 2017, DO JOIN US NEXT YEAR!

We’ll like to thank all our donors/sponsors, volunteers and staff for making this event a fruitful one.

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

An Afternoon of Joy and Fun ~ PUB
30 March 2017

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40 Metta Home clients had a fun-filled afternoon when staff from PUB came down to engage them in games and an interaction session. The ever-popular bowling game got the clients ecstatic as each took turns to knock the pins down with the help of PUB staff. Jenga, stacking and balancing of paper cups atop each other and throwing ping pong balls into the box are among the other challenging table games for the afternoon. It was a joyous moment as huge smiles and boisterous laughters filled the faces of our clients especially when PUB staff belted out sing-along songs that got some of the clients joining in to dance, sing along and be merry.

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Banking in on Love, Batik and Flowers ~ Standard Chartered Bank
15 February 2017

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Waxed batik painting may seem like an easy craft to many of us but little is known that the eye candy artwork takes an artist with years of experience and keen dexterity to create a beautiful masterpiece. Such is the honed experience of our Alumni youths with special needs who spend their apprenticeship with Metta Alumni’s Arts@Metta upon graduation from Metta School. Staff from Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) got their hands-on experience at the intricate artwork when they came down for a half day batik painting workshop to get a feel of handling the complexity of the wax canting. Coached by Metta Alumni’s young artists, SCB staff realised that it isn’t easy to keep a steady hand while waxing the outline of the designs. It was a fun and humbling workshop for SCB staff as through the practical experience, they realise how much more concentration and hard work has been put in by Metta Alumni’s youths, who despite their challenges, are able to regularly produce batik paintings for sale.

Interested in joining our batik painting class to learn more about the intricate art and be coached by our youths with special needs? Drop us an email at alumni@metta.org.sg to sign up!


HOPE HAS WINGS

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The butterfly is an epitome of Endurance, Evolution, Hope, and LIFE!

Brightly coloured butterflies are aplenty yet dull-coloured butterflies often goes unnoticed; much like Metta Welfare Association’s beneficiaries.

The butterfly is a significant metaphor of Metta’s beneficiaries and their daily struggles through the metamorphosis of life’s stages. With diligence, patience and endurance, Metta’s Alumni youths with special needs individually hand-crafted these ceramic butterflies through a long and tedious process of kneading, rolling and cutting. The butterflies are then left to dry for hours before they are fired in the kiln.

Through the creation of the clay butterflies, this initiative is a representation of the efforts to educate, rehabilitate and improve the lives of Metta’s beneficiaries.

Look past their disabilities and see the beauty in them. For every $5 donation, you adopt an e-Butterfly and show your support for Metta’s beneficiaries.

Click here to find out how you can help them

With every struggle overcome, hope awaits.

Watch how our Alumni youths create the ceramic butterfly.

Adopt a butterfly today.
Be a Superhero and transform lives.

For more information, please email us at events@metta.org.sg, or call at 6580 4688


FEATURE

“My biggest challenge in caring for my son with autism is knowing what makes him happy”

Caregiver Mdm Koh, mother of MHDAC client, Edsel Quek
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Edsel: “Lego, my favourite activity at Metta Day Activity Center!”

21-year old Edsel Quek, was enrolled with Metta Home Day Activity Centre since 2015.  Edsel has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) since birth which saw the young man having frequent bouts of depression and mood swings prior to his enrolment with Metta Home Day Activity Centre. His mother, Mdm Koh, hopes that at the Day Activity Centre, her son can learn independence and contribute to society. She acknowledges that the journey is a long and arduous one but she is heartened with every little progress that her son makes.

1 in 150 children in Singapore are diagnosed with ASD, in a report by SG Enable’s 3rd Enabling Masterplan (2017-2021) published in December 2016

Currently, there are a range of services (both non-residential and residential) that cater to the young and old with autism. There are also services that match people with ASD with employers in sheltered workshops that offers a structured environment as well as those who attends Day Activity Centres (DAC).

Residential services are available for individuals who require long-term care with the assistance of SG Enable, an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities to disability related services.


MAKE A WISH

The Kampung Days

Visiting the last kampong in Singapore brings back nostalgic memories for these pioneer generationers.

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Almost everyone has their bucket list and for some of us, it would mean reliving old memories and nostalgic moments to reminisce fond recollections. Such is the wish and dream of Metta Hospice patient, Mr Tan Poh Lye, Mr Jaafar Bin Uyob and the late Mr Koh Howe Chua. The pioneer generation and baby boomers spent their childhood in pre-industrialised Singapore where kampong living was the norm for everyone in those days. As Singapore progressed, the kampongs dwindled in numbers as they made way for urbanisation.

But all is not lost as in Singapore still stands the last surviving kampong at Lorong Buangkok. Rustic attap houses with plywood doors and window grills are surrounded by lush trees bearing tropical fruits from coconuts to jackfruits. Accompanied by Metta Hospice’s palliative care team of nurses and counsellor, the trio were visibly ecstatic at being in a village that smelled and felt like where their childhood belonged.

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“I used to climb coconut trees to pluck the coconuts!”
Gushing like a little boy, Mr Tan shared fond memories of his childhood days to everyone as he manoeuvred his way along the rows of lime plants and banana trees

Mr Tan’s Hospice companion, Mr Jaafar, was more collected. Not a man of many words, Jaafar remained in silence throughout most of the journey as he keenly observed the nature surroundings leading to the village. He opened up as the team reached the kampong and shared stories of his fondest memories while growing up. Unlike his usual routine, the fresh air, greenery and open space was an immense change otherwise.

Despite spending just half a day at Lorong Buangkok, it was nevertheless a fulfilling outing and dream for all three men. The “Make-a-Wish” program would never happen without the sponsorship of The Singapore Ireland Fund (TSIF) and Singapore Jain Religious Society (SJRS).

Metta Hospice Care introduced the Make-A-Wish program in April 2014 for its patients to fulfil their final wishes. This program aims to bring across the message to our clients that regardless of where we come from, who we are or what we have become, no one should deserve anything less in our final moments. The Metta Hospice Make-A-Wish program is sponsored by The Singapore Ireland Fund and the Singapore Jain Religious Society.


HEALTHWISE

Fun Beyond the Classroom
Article contributed by Metta Preschool psychologist, Ms Evania Yeo

In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, Metta Preschool’s psychologist, Ms Evania Yeo, shares some engaging activities and tips on interaction that parents can do at home with their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the name for a group of developmental disorders characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication. Its cause is still unknown today. However, new research suggests that the mind of people with ASD is not integrated or connected the way it is in neuro-typical individuals. This deficit inevitably affects quality of interaction. Hence, it is imperative for young children with ASD to seek early intervention in the hopes of alleviating or correcting symptoms such as being socially disconnected.

Here are some activities which you may replicate at home which reinforces the therapies shared in the classroom:

  1. Develop Connectedness
    Developing connectedness can take place in any daily situation: from art and craft, food preparation, playing ball, reading a story, to keeping toys. For example: during a food preparation activity, you can slice up a banana and your child can lay the banana slices on a plate to be served. When keeping toys, you can hold the storage basket and your child can learn to pick up his toys and drop them into the basket. The key is to create back and forth interaction by establishing a pattern with clear roles for your child and you.
  1. Simplify
    In our enthusiasm to do our best for our children, we do too much at times. Remember that less is more. Keep the room clean and simple so that you can focus on establishing a connection with your child. What distracts him? Cars, building blocks, or the iPad? Keep these distractions temporarily out of his sight. At the start, it will be difficult, however it brings the focus back to your relationship with your child.
  1. Encourage Thinking
    Help your child to develop thinking skills. For example: roll a ball back and forth. Make it fun for the both of you. Once the pattern is established, pass the ball a little differently. Toss it instead of rolling it, change your position, and wait for your child to orientate his. Establish the pattern first, then add variations. It usually takes a child a few minutes to understand the value of “us”.
  1. Give Responsibilitya) Avoid verbal instructions.
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    Your child needs to be aware of things around him and realise what he has to do. By giving a verbal instruction, you are over compensating and not letting his brain work. It’s the easy way out, and counterproductive in the long run. Therefore, describe what you see, instead of telling him what to do. For example: you may say “Your hands are dirty” instead of “Go and wash your hands”.b) Give Time
    A child takes about 45 seconds to process information. In a game activity that involves rolling a ball around the room or passing the ball, does your child notice if the ball has rolled away? Pause instead of fetching the ball immediately for your child. This period of inactivity will encourage him to think of the next course of action. However, if on an occasion that you have to fetch the ball, do say “Your ball has rolled away”.
  1. Save Positive Memories
    The more exercise your child’s brain receives, the better connected it becomes. Record a video on the progress of your child and share it with him. He will feel proud about being your communication partner with a sense of competency achieved. This will spur him on to try out new things as he will have positive memories to find comfort in.

JOIN US TO DO YOUR SHARE FOR OUR COMMUNITY

Be Our Fundraising Partner

As part of Metta’s fundraising efforts to raise funds for its beneficiaries from nine various welfare centres, we invite corporate partners to join us in placing our donation boxes at your stores and outlets to cultivate the spirit of generosity and giving back to the community.

To join us as a Donation Box Placement partner, please register your interest to events@metta.org.sg or call our fundraising team at 65804688.

Living with Autism

“My biggest challenge in caring for my son with autism is knowing what makes him happy”

Caregiver Mdm Koh, mother of MHDAC client, Edsel Quek

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Edsel: “Lego, my favourite activity at Metta Day Activity Center!”

21-year old Edsel Quek, was enrolled with Metta Home Day Activity Centre since 2015.  Edsel has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) since birth which saw the young man having frequent bouts of depression and mood swings prior to his enrolment with Metta Home Day Activity Centre. His mother, Mdm Koh, hopes that at the Day Activity Centre, her son can learn independence and contribute to society. She acknowledges that the journey is a long and arduous one but she is heartened with every little progress that her son makes.
1 in 150 children in Singapore are diagnosed with ASD, in a report by SG Enable’s 3rd Enabling Masterplan (2017-2021) published in December 2016

Currently, there are a range of services (both non-residential and residential) that cater to the young and old with autism. There are also services that match people with ASD with employers in sheltered workshops that offers a structured environment as well as those who attends Day Activity Centres (DAC).

Residential services are available for individuals who require long-term care with the assistance of SG Enable, an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities to disability related services.

Hope Has Wings

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The butterfly is an epitome of Endurance, Evolution, Hope, and LIFE!

Brightly coloured butterflies are aplenty yet dull-coloured butterflies often goes unnoticed; much like Metta Welfare Association’s beneficiaries.

The butterfly is a significant metaphor of Metta’s beneficiaries and their daily struggles through the metamorphosis of life’s stages. With diligence, patience and endurance, Metta’s Alumni youths with special needs individually hand-crafted these ceramic butterflies through a long and tedious process of kneading, rolling and cutting. The butterflies are then left to dry for hours before they are fired in the kiln.

Through the creation of the clay butterflies, this initiative is a representation of the efforts to educate, rehabilitate and improve the lives of Metta’s beneficiaries.

Look past their disabilities and see the beauty in them. For every $5 donation, you adopt an e-Butterfly and show your support for Metta’s beneficiaries.

Click here to find out how you can help them

With every struggle overcome, hope awaits.

Watch how our Alumni youths create the ceramic butterfly.

Adopt a butterfly today.

Be a Superhero and transform lives.

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For more information, please email us at events@metta.org.sg, or call at 6580 4688

Banking in on Love, Batik and Flowers

15 February 2017

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Waxed batik painting may seem like an easy craft to many of us but little is known that the eye candy artwork takes an artist with years of experience and keen dexterity to create a beautiful masterpiece. Such is the honed experience of our Alumni youths with special needs who spend their apprenticeship with Metta Alumni’s Arts@Metta upon graduation from Metta School. Staff from Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) got their hands-on experience at the intricate artwork when they came down for a half day batik painting workshop to get a feel of handling the complexity of the wax canting. Coached by Metta Alumni’s young artists, SCB staff realised that it isn’t easy to keep a steady hand while waxing the outline of the designs. It was a fun and humbling workshop for SCB staff as through the practical experience, they realise how much more concentration and hard work has been put in by Metta Alumni’s youths, who despite their challenges, are able to regularly produce batik paintings for sale.

Interested in joining our batik painting class to learn more about the intricate art and be coached by our youths with special needs? Drop us an email at alumni@metta.org.sg to sign up!

An Afternoon of Joy and Fun

30 March 2017

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40 Metta Home clients had a fun-filled afternoon when staff from PUB came down to engage them in games and an interaction session. The ever-popular bowling game got the clients ecstatic as each took turns to knock the pins down with the help of PUB staff. Jenga, stacking and balancing of paper cups atop each other and throwing ping pong balls into the box are among the other challenging table games for the afternoon. It was a joyous moment as huge smiles and boisterous laughters filled the faces of our clients especially when PUB staff belted out sing-along songs that got some of the clients joining in to dance, sing along and be merry.

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Superheroes Invades Metta!

Metta Charity Carnival 2017
19 March 2017
Metta Building

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19 March saw a smashing Sunday for Metta Charity Carnival goers as Walk participants and volunteers came dressed in their best superhero costumes. With a superhero theme to the Metta Charity Carnival 2017, it represents the unsung heroes of our supporters from the stall holders, donors and volunteers who have dedicatedly served and supported Metta over the years.

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Gracing the event as Guest-of-Honour was Ms Jessica Tan, MP for East Coast GRC and Advisor to East Coast GRC GROs as she flagged off the morning 3-km Charity Walk around the Simei estate that preceded the Carnival. President of Metta Welfare Association, Venerable Shi Pu En delivered an opening speech and together with Ms Jessica Tan, they adorned a bamboo screen with a pair of clay butterflies adopted from Arts@Metta as a symbolism of growth to new heights and officiating the start of the Carnival. Ms Jessica Tan also presented the Scholarship Awards to 10 Metta School students who graduated in 2016 from the ITE Skills Certificate courses in Baking Practices and Facilities Technology.

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Getting to and from the Carnival was also a breeze with a $5 discount promotion tie-up with ComfortDelgro through the latter’s cab booking app. Garnering among the best attractions of the day were five volunteers from the 501st Legion Singapore Garrison who came dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Starfighter pilot of the Rebel Alliance, and a host of storm troopers. A family of Spiderman and various superhero characters joined in together with an entourage of Harley Davidson bikers who came in their Harleys to pose for pictures with the public.

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The Carnival also saw new vendors such as the Smoothie Bike by the Vegetarian Society (Singapore), Churros factory, Minato Singapore (sole distributor of Japanese Disney themed confectioneries) among the new stall inclusions. Entertaining the crowd with magical illusions was Tommillusions, a premium magician who works with Mediacorp on serials such as “The Truth Seekers” and “Soul Reapers”, performances by students of Metta School and Fuchun Primary School, amongst others.

Our satisfied superhero stallholders had nothing but praises for the Metta Charity Carnival.

 

“The Metta Charity Carnival 2017 appears to be doing better than the previous years. I will continue to participate again and I hope that our Carnival will get better in the coming years.”

Ms Lian Lin Lian, long-term
supporter and stall holder of
Metta Charity Carnival.

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“Vegetarian Society (Singapore) is glad to be able to help at this carnival and we thank Metta Welfare Association for the partnership in helping build a kinder, healthier and greener world.”

          Yeow, new supporter and
stall holder of Metta Charity Carnival.

Despite a hot Sunday, the weather did not hamper the crowd as many came with their families and joined in the afternoon fun.

IF YOU MISSED BEING WITH US AT THE RECENT METTA CHARITY CARNIVAL 2017, DO JOIN US NEXT YEAR!

We’ll like to thank all our donors/sponsors, volunteers and staff for making this event a fruitful one.

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Join Us for A Superhero Carnival Experience!

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Metta Welfare Association (MWA) is holding its annual swashbuckling family-bonding charity carnival in the heartlands of Simei.

The Carnival will be held at Metta School/ Metta Building on Sunday, 19 March 2017. The event starts from 9am and ends at 4pm.

The Superhero themed celebration marks Metta’s 25 years of service to the community and to honour Metta’s unsung superheroes of volunteers and donors that have helped Metta and its beneficiaries progress over the years.

Catch what’s in store at a glance!

Join in for our morning 3-km mighty walk dressed in your Superhero costume. Best Dressed participants stand a chance to win fantastic prizes.

Going healthy? The Carnival would be a vegetarian’s heaven as stalls whip up a gastronomic array of local and international vegetarian cuisine from savoury kong bak paus (braised mock meat with steamed buns), rich and savoury lontongs, laksa, dim sums, churros, and sushi spreads. Hop on our new attraction, the leg-powered Smoothie Bike that blends smoothies in minutes! Peddle your way to a refreshing chilled fruit smoothie drink. Nothing tastes better than working for your own drinks!

Zoom on down to get the best deals from snazzy footwear, awesome bags and dazzling costume jewellery, to amazing terrariums, electrical appliances, health food products and many more!

What’s a carnival without an awesome stage entertainment, surprise goodie bags, DC Comics Superhero Café memorabilia and a grand lucky draw of a pair of return air tickets to Hong Kong (worth almost $2,000) sponsored by Singapore Airlines. It’s going to be a smashing carnival not to be missed!

Alternatively, you can also donate some coupons to Metta’s low-income beneficiaries.

Here’s where your good deed goes to:

Click HERE to make their day.

Coupon sales will go towards funding of Metta’s programmes
and services which help children, youths and adults with intellectual disability, the elderly, chronically and terminally ill patients.

Zap here for more details: https://www.metta.org.sg/mettacarnival/

Metta e-Newsletter: Vol 21 Issue 1

President’s Note

A Silver Lining in Their Sky

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As we start a new year, we gain courage by looking at the good aspects of our past and the glimmers of good fortune that lies in our future. Passing 2016 with all of its surprises, I am heartened that we have pulled through a challenging year and emerged stronger in the face of more challenges ahead.

2017 marks a new beginning for most of us. It also charts the start of my three-year retreat in which I will be in isolation for self-reflection and prayerful meditation. In my temporal absence, Metta’s 1st Vice President, Venerable Shi Pu En will be taking over my duties and bring Metta and her affiliations to greater heights.

This year also celebrates Metta’s 25th Anniversary as a charity organisation that has served the community over two decades. In the silver milestone achieved, Metta will continue to shine with radiance and brilliance like the significance of the precious anniversary metal.

There will be plenty of challenges in 2017, just as there have been in 2016. But our unique strengths as a welfare organisation ensure that we are well placed to meet the unexpected and make 2017 a fruitful year for our beneficiaries and supporters.

I wish everybody a New Year filled with peace, happiness, love and compassion.

With Sincerest Blessings
Venerable Shi Fa Zhao BBM


How You Can Survive Chinese New Year Feasting Easily

By Nathan Lin for RunSociety.com

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The celebrations for Chinese Lunar New Year (CNY) or the Spring Festival normally last for a period of 15 days. The first few days of the CNY holidays are the most hectic and with frequent festive eating, it’s inevitable that we might eat a little more than we expected.
So how do you keep your festive spirit high yet keep your waistline low? We take a look at some of the common and favourite CNY snacks and how much running you need to shave off those nasty calories, plus some recommended eating tips.

1bPeanuts
Peanuts are so addictive when you start eating them and it usually ends up not knowing how many you have eaten. Mix them up with almonds, raw cashew nuts and groundnuts for a healthier choice. Peanuts are high in monounsaturated fat and it may help prevent heart disease with moderate consumption.
Contain: Monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese
Ingredients: flour, coconut milk, sugar and egg
One small bowl: 40g
Calories: 170
Distance needed to run off: 1.94 Km

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Known also as Kueh kapek or Kuih belandah, these traditional Peranakan treats are high in fat, saturated fat and sugar which will increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and weight gain.
Ingredients: Flour, coconut milk, sugar and egg
One piece: 13g
Calories: 56
Distance needed to run off: 0.64 Km

1dMini Shrimp Rolls
High in saturated fat, sodium and calories, so eat these deep fried snacks sparingly.
Ingredients: Dried shrimps, dried chillies, shallots, garlic, oil, salt, sugar, spring roll skins and eggs
One piece: 5g
Calories: 25 kcal
Distance needed to run off: 0.28 Km

1eKueh Bangkit
These crumbly cookies are a delight as they dissolve into sweet-powdery softness and melt in your mouth with the fragrance of coconut and pandan, but they contain a lot of sugar and coconut milk. Recommended daily serving is two to three pieces.
Ingredients: Sugar, coconut milk, sago, tapioca or arrowroot flour, pandan leaves
One piece: 6g
Calories: 23
Distance needed to run off: 0.26 Km

1fPineapple Tart
This tasty pastry contains lots of butter (fat). Consuming excess tarts will lead to weight gain. Choose tarts with less sugar and are trans fat free.
Ingredients: Pineapple paste, eggs and sugar
One piece: 20g
Calories: 82
Distance needed to run off: 0.93 Km

1gBak Kwa (Chinese BBQ Pork Slice)
High in calories, sodium and sugar. Eating too much of it can increase your risk of hypertension and weight gain. It’s also considered to be a “heaty” food in traditional Chinese medicine, so consuming too much may result in sore throats, ulcers and coughs.
Ingredients: Minced pork marinated in fish sauce, dark and light soya sauce, rice wine, sugar and honey.
One slice: 57g
Calories: 370 kcal
Distance needed to run off: 4.22 Km

1hGua Zi (Dried Melon Seeds)
These seeds are rich in fat and protein and taste like pumpkin seeds. The Cantonese pronunciation of gua zi means to be in constant thought of someone and is considered a “lucky” food in CNY.
Contain: Protein, fat and vitamins A, B1, B2, C and alpha-tocopherol, a component of vitamin E.
One small bowl: 40g
Calories: 135 kcal
Distance needed to run off: 1.54 Km

1iKueh Bahulu
Otherwise known as mini egg sponge cakes in English, this is a popular delicacy among Singaporeans, and commonly prepared for Chinese New Year. They are usually baked in a copper mould over a charcoal fire.
Contain: Eggs, flour, baking soda, sugar
One piece: 8g
Calories: 34
Distance needed to run off: 0.39 Km

1jHoneycomb Cookie
These crunchy traditional cookies are one of the favourite snacks in major festive celebrations like the Chinese New Year. They are usually deep-fried.
Contain: Eggs, coconut milk, salt, flour, sugar
One piece: 10g
Calories: 50
Distance needed to run off: 0.57 Km

1kNian Gao (Sticky Rice Cake)
Also know as rice cake, this sticky sweet snack is considered good luck to eat during Chinese New Year. Cut yourself a smaller slice as it’s very high in calories.
Contain: Eggs, coconut milk, salt, flour, sugar
One piece: 43g
Calories: 220
Distance needed to run off: 2.51 Km

1lPistachio Nuts
Known as “Happy Nuts” in China, pistachio are given as a gift during Chinese New Year as a symbol of health, happiness, prosperity and good fortune. They contain fewer calories than other nuts.
Contain: Potassium, vitamin K, E, phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, and protein
One small bowl: 30g
Calories: 160
Distance needed to run off: 1.83 Km

1mKueh Lapis
Kueh Lapis is a specialty food from Indonesia but is also popular during Chinese New Year. It is a light layered cake that is available in many different flavours.
Contain: Potassium, vitamin K, E, phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, and protein
One piece: 33g
Calories: 157
Distance needed to run off: 1.79 Km

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Tips For Healthier Chinese New Year Eating

  • Try not to go visiting with an empty stomach, instead, fill yourself up on the healthier and lower calories food or drinks.
  • Add healthy fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole-grains or healthy calcium-rich low fat milk to your diet.
  • Ration your favourite food by eating in small portions to reduce overeating. If you know that you will have difficulty eating just a few portions, choose to not start eating them in the first place.
  • Usually it’s the unconscious nibbling and sipping that can increase your calorie intake. Eat only when you are hungry and not just because the food is nearby.
  • Chewing your food and eating slowly not only allows you to enjoy your food. It also allows your stomach the time to digest and send signals to your brain telling it you are full, which will prevent over eating.
  • Avoid mixing eating those snacks with drinking soft drinks, sweet beverages or alcohol. Those drinks contain empty calories which can contribute significantly to your calorie intake. Choose water instead which has zero calories or no sugar added/low sugar beverages to fill up your stomach first.

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Eating the CNY snacks and treats is part of the festive celebration and can’t be avoided. However, we can eat wisely, practice moderation yet still enjoying them. While you can burn off those calories by running the distance that you have calculated, you still should not overeat.

Article republished from: https://www.runsociety.com/food-nutrition/how-you-can-survive-chinese-new-year-feasting-easily/


Presenting our Calendar of Events 2017

As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Metta Welfare Association in 2017, let’s check out some of the exciting events planned. For more information about these events, please call 6580 4688, or email << events@metta.org.sg >>

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Off to School We Go!

Metta School held its freshman orientation for its new student cohort on the 3 and 4 January. Activities with individual objectives were planned for the various academic levels of students based on their capabilities, interests and age groups.

The two-day orientation programme for all Metta School students consisted of a school tour, team games, decoration of the classes’ notice boards and various interactive activities.

Objectives of orientation activities for various programmes:

MID (Mild Intellectual Disability) Junior students (PM session)

  • Reduce the anxiety level of new students by familiarising them to the physical environment, their teachers and their classmates.
  • Create a welcoming environment through team building games, promote positive attitude and stimulate an excitement for learning.
  • Educate the right tone for the school year (school values, class rules, class routines) as well as academic expectations. Daily schedules and routines are also introduced to all.
  • Activities such as a School tour, team games, class notice board decoration, interactive activities have been carried out and all students enjoyed the two full days of activities.

MID (Mild Intellectual Disability) Senior Programme students (AM session)

  • Building teamwork
  • Cultivating creativity
  • Instilling awareness of product quality & presentation
  • Knowing the school values &
  • Knowing our neighbourhood

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Day One: The orientation kicked off with its first activity ‘The H (Hospitality) Factor’.
Students worked in teams and participated in cake decoration, dessert decoration and hamper-wrapping to bring out the creativity and team bonding among them.

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Day Two: A challenging out-of-school activity, Treasure Hunt, marked the highlight of the day. Students worked in teams to explore the community and facilities of the Simei neighbourhood as they were tasked to associate public facilities to Metta School’s values and simulate actions of the values through the teams’ Whatsapp chat group.

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ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Programme students

Programmes were organised differently for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The programme consisted of fun activities and some classroom time. This was to give the students a chance to know their classmates and teacher. For the PM session students who transited into the senior programme in 2017, they were brought around the School to view the various skills rooms (ASD Programme Kitchen, Laundry Room, The Pre-Vocational Skills Room, Housekeeping equipment and other ASD Programme classrooms) which they would be utilising during the school year. For some, it was also the first day in Metta School. Hence, teachers prepared more hands-on activities for the students and engaged them in trying out all the games.

Day One: The Health and Fitness Team planned a host of fun activities to excite the junior and senior students. Hopping around five game stations, Metta School students tested their shooting ability with Nerf guns, attempted the hoop challenge, took turns at the shoot-in-the-hoop basketball game and played Ping Pong Tic Tac Toe and stacking cards altogether.

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Day Two: An indoor classroom activity gave Metta School’s teachers the opportunity to familiarise students with the School’s routines and to settle them in for some quiet activities while interspersing the day’s programme with various table games.

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It was a fruitful two-day orientation for every Metta School students as they had a good time interacting with their peers, engaged meaningfully in diverse activities, building relationship with their teachers and most of all, ready to start a new school year with Metta.


Good Heart Good People

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One good deed begets another. In a collaboration between Lianhe Wanbao and Tong Seng Produce, rice and oil were donated to selected charities for every good deed performed and published.4b

Meet foreign worker, Karunanith Satish Kumar, whose Good Samaritan act was featured in LianHe WanBao on 29 October 2016. Mr Satish found a mobile phone and returned it to its rightful owner while declining any reward. Mr Gary Koh, the owner of the missing phone was deeply impressed and decided to share his experience. The story was selected which recognised Mr Satish among its 23 samaritans for its Good Man Good Deeds Good Rice charity drive.

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Five student volunteers from NTU Welfare Service Club (WSC) spent their Sunday afternoon providing door to door house cleaning services to residents in the Serangoon Garden area. 4d.jpgThey are currently preparing for their forthcoming Ignite Change Camp in July/Aug, where they will raise the importance of welfare service among freshmen and allow them to experience the joy of giving through volunteerism. These students are raising funds to continue their mission in helping charity organisations such as Metta Welfare Association.

Metta Welfare Association is thankful to Mr Satish and students from the NTU Welfare Service Club for choosing us as the recipient of the award.

#GoodManGoodDeedsGoodRice


Walking Down Memory Lane

Stopping to smell the roses is what Metta Hospice patient, Mr Chua, firmly believes in after dedicating long hours in his previous job as a delivery driver.

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Thankfully for Mr Chua, he has the strong support of Metta Hospice’s medical care team and his main caregiver, his wife of over 40 years, Madam Toh.

In his prime, Mr Chua worked as a delivery driver since his youth. He clocked in long hours of work and overtime to ensure that his family are sufficiently provided for. One of the frequent routes for Mr Chua’s delivery is the bypass of Gardens by the Bay on the ECP. Much as he longed to step foot into the Gardens, he was unable to do so as the tight timeline of his delivery schedule prevented him from visiting the lush flora and greenery.

On 23 November 2016, Metta Hospice palliative care team fulfilled Mr Chua’s dream when they brought him out on a Make-A-Wish outing to Gardens by the Bay. Unlike his usual self, Mr Chua’s face brightened up all day at the garden in the company of his wife and the team. The Winter themed flora in the Flower Dome captivated Mr Chua as he excitedly compared the old Marina Bay in the days of the 60s Satay Club against the current magnificent Gardens by the Bay. Ever since illness took a toll on Mr Chua’s health, he has not been able to move around to get outdoors without feeling weak and tired easily.

“Singapore has changed so much then and now. I am glad to be able to see the new changes before I move on.”

Mr Chua, 72 years old, Metta Hospice patient

The eventful outing ended with Mr Chua’s favourite sweet treat as he eagerly polished up a parfait glass of delectable ice-cream from Swensen’s.

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Metta Hospice Care introduced the Make-A-Wish program in April 2014 for its patients to fulfil their final wishes. This program aims to bring across the message to our clients that regardless of where we come from, who we are or what we have become, no one should deserve anything less in our final moments. The Metta Hospice Make-A-Wish program is sponsored by The Singapore Ireland Fund.


Make Every Effort Count

23 December 2016

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Staff from PUB were more than eager to celebrate the festive Christmas season with clients from Metta Home for the Disabled. The team came by to Metta Home early in the morning to set up Christmas decorations in the multi-purpose hall before the clients happily poured in, not anticipating the joy that would greet them soon. Songs, pass-the-ball games and bean bag tossing games, together with energetic spurts of ecstatic dance moves by volunteers and especially the clients alike, had everyone beaming with joy the entire morning. Before the celebration ended, goodie bags were distributed to the clients by PUB staff who were clearly satisfied that they have made a memorable Christmas for our clients.

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Christmas Joy in the Heartlands

28 December 2016

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Clients from Metta Day Activity Centre for the Intellectually Disabled (IDAC) got a big treat when Guest-of-Honour and MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, Mr. Darryl David, came down to grace the Christmas celebration cum lunch sponsored by a group of anonymous donors.
Several clients from IDAC specially dressed up and put up Christmas performances and jingles for the guests. After a sumptuous western buffet lunch, more treats awaited the clients as staff of Moove Media Pte Ltd, the advertising arm of Comfort DelGro Corporation, handed out Christmas gifts to them, accordingly to their earlier penned down wishes for the festive season. Thank you for bringing joy and making an impact in the lives of our clients!


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2016 In A Glance

Another year has passed us and 2016 was an equally fruitful year for us as it was in previous years. Let’s have a throwback on the events we celebrated and funds raised for our beneficaries in 2016.

Lunar New Year Lou Hei Buffet Luncheon 2016

13 February 2016
Metta Building

An annual Lunar New Year appreciation luncheon is held to thank and acknowledge our charitable donors, volunteers and supporters for their stalwart support to the organization. Making the highlight of the luncheon is the auspicious indispensable vegetarian yusheng tossing ceremony, ethnic tribal dance performances by youths from the Seik Phu Taung Youth Development Centre, a lion dance cai qing (picking the greens) from students of Metta School and engaging games for the audience to test their knowledge on the significance of celebrating Lunar New Year.


Metta Charity Carnival 2016
20 March 2016
Metta School/ Metta Building

Metta’s major annual fundraiser that engages the community is a community event not to be missed. Officiated by Guest-of-Honour, Ms. Jessica Tan, MP for East Coast GRC and Advisor to East Coast GRC GROs, the carnival was a bustling sight as people packed the stalls and around the stage. The Carnival raised more than $270,000 as part of its fundraising efforts to support our programmes and services while increasing the awareness of the abilities of our clients.


Keppel Offshore & Marine – Metta Charity Golf Tournament 2016
28 July 2016
Tanah Merah Country Club (Tampines Course)

Metta held its 17th annual fundraising golf tournament at the Tanah Merah Country Club with Keppel Offshore and Marine as its title sponsor. Despite warm and humid weather of the day, it did not hamper the high spirits of our golfers as they tee off in good camaraderie.
The Hole-In-One prize of a Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 Shooting Brake was among the highlights of other prizes as the sporting event wrapped up with a sumptuous dinner spread and performances from students of Metta School.


Lunar Seventh Month Charity Auctions

3 to 31 August 2016
Island-wide

The annual Lunar Seventh Month Charity Auction is a cultural tradition event that aims to raise funds for the programmes and services of Metta’s various nine welfare centres islandwide. Metta’s Executive Director, Venerable Shi Pu En launched the event’s opening on 26 June 2016 which saw the likes of several celebrities among the attendees. The auspicious centerpiece for 2016, “Sceptre of Centennial Abundance”, is a high-grade Liu Li glass crystal with a cabbage vegetable atop a propitious sceptre as a symbolism of wealth and luck.


Metta Charity Run 2016

10 September 2016
The Big Splash@East Coast Park

Stormy skies looked to mar the morning of the Metta Charity Run 2016 but that did not dampen the determined and selfless spirits of Metta’s Charity Run participants who huddled close together under tentages to ensure that everyone stays dry before the Run began. Despite near wet weather conditions, the Run saw over 1,000 runners coming together for a charitable cause that raised over $82,000 from the sporting event .


 Metta Charity Bowl 2016
22 October 2016
Orchid Bowl@Downtown East

November saw a sporting game of bowling between clients and students from Metta Day Activity Centre for the Intellectually Disabled and Metta School respectively pitting their bowling skills against corporate and individual bowlers at the Metta Charity Bowl 2016 competition. Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mayor of South East District, graced the event as he handed out prizes and the grand trophy championship title.


Metta Charity Movie Screening 2016

26 November 2016
The Cathay Cineplex

It was no better time to kick off the shoes, sit back and enjoy the festive mood with the family while giving your support to the less privileged. Metta organised its final fundraiser to wrap up 2016 with a warm-hearted CG Disney animated adventure movie, Moana. The movie captivated the hearts of young ones as the female protagonist went against all odds to uncover the truth of her identity and fulfil her ancestors’ quest.

Ticket sales goes towards funding of Metta’s programmes and services for its beneficiaries.