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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.

Metta e-Newsletter: Vol 20 Issue 6

MESSAGE BY 1ST VICE PRESIDENT

Sharing the Spirit of Giving

vpresidentSentiments for 2016 have been less than rosy with businesses affected by the slowdown in the economy. Yet despite that, I am heartened to see many corporates and individuals, donors and volunteers coming forward in their selfless and giving spirit to continue making that difference to our society. The past months have seen Metta working in collaboration with corporations in our major fundraising events and staff volunteers helping to bring joy and smiles to our beneficiaries. With the community outreach, helping hands and warm hearts of the community, the lives of our beneficiaries have improved over the years.

As we look back at the end of 2016, it is timely to reflect on our achievements and to look forward to what we still need to accomplish, ready to make the most of things in the new year. The best of all gifts around Christmas is the presence of love and compassion to the less fortunate all wrapped up in each other.

Before we bid farewell to 2016, I like to thank our supporters, donors, volunteers and staff who have put in their best efforts for Metta throughout the past year. We can look ahead into the new year with confidence, hope and resilience through the provision of the right resources by the community to meet those challenges. Thank you for all your hard work. I wish you all the very best for the new year ahead.

Yours in the Dharma

Venerable Shi Pu En
Executive Director
Metta Welfare Association


CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY EVENTS IN METTA

BEING CLOSE TO NATURE
21 October 2016

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25 clients from Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly got away from the heartlands and close to nature when staff volunteers from MDIS (Management Institute of Singapore) took them out for an outdoor trip to Gardens by the Bay. Enjoying the floral theme of Tribal Tempo: Flowers from South Africa, the display marks the first large-scale South African floral exhibition in Gardens by the Bay and Singapore. MDIS volunteers wheeled the clients into the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome as they toured across the colourful floral safari landscape. It was an eye-opening trip for the clients and volunteers who enjoyed themselves tremendously.

BRINGING WARMTH TO LITTLE HEARTS
6 December 2016

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Christmas came early this year, Santa’s elves came in the form of volunteers from Moove Media Pte Ltd dropped gifts for our young children. Staff from the advertising arm of ComfortDelGro Corporation Ltd dropped by Metta Preschool at Punggol to deliver presents and yummy treats as well as join the little tots for their tea breaks. Thank you Moove Media for brightening the hearts of our young children in this festive season of giving!

MAKING THAT DIFFERENCE
14 December 2016

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Staff from Keppel Corporation devoted time and effort in making their mark with impactful community programmes to help the less-fortunate in society. Among their community outreach projects is a recent exciting trip to Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) S.E.A Aquarium with 25 clients from Metta Home for the Disabled. Keppel Volunteers paired up with our clients as they brought them around the aquarium and explored the mysteries of the sea along the way. It was a fruitful trip for all as smiles were beaming on the clients’ faces throughout the excursion.

Thank you Keppel Corporation for making it a fun-filled day for our clients!

BEAUTIFUL SMILES TO START THE DAY
14 December 2016

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It was a morning of Christmas fun for staff of Family Dental Clinic (FDC) and clients of Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly when they got together and exercised their creativity in making Christmas pizzas and a Christmas Tree art craft. FDC staff assisted our clients in making a savoury pizza with tomato paste, vegetarian ham, capsicum, mushrooms; and a sweet pizza with kaya, chocolate and fruits, among other ingredients. An arts and craft session included creating mini paper Christmas Trees which the clients proudly displayed their teamwork and creativity at the end of the session.


RECENT HAPPENINGS

Metta Charity MOVIE SCREENING 2016 – MOANA
26 November 2016@The Cathy Cineplex

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Metta held its last fundraiser of 2016 with a charity movie screening that saw movie buffs coming together to catch the Disney animated adventure, Moana. Snaking queues packed the reception as families with children and grandparents in tow, came to support Metta’s cause to provide welfare to the disadvantaged and less privileged of its clients simply by watching the movie. It was a truly great experience with the message of resilience and perseverance coming across the movie’s storyline. The smiles of the faces of our guests were enough for us.


ACTIVITY: MERRY BAUBLES OF GOLD

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Christmas spirit comes to Metta Home for the Disabled and Day Activity Centre this Christmas. Metta Home’s resident cook, Mr Barry Tay, prepares daily meals for the beneficiaries of Metta Home for the Disabled and Day Activity Centre. More often than not, it is a feat for him to churn up nutritious yet apppetising dishes for the beneficiaries. Whoever says that vegetarian Christmas fare has to be boring? Merry Baubles of Gold is one of Barry’s latest vegetarian creations at Metta Home that goes well on a Christmas spread.

Ingredients:

  • 200g Japanese rice (uncooked)
  • 200g potatoes
  • 300g silken tofu
  • 220ml water
  • 50g Chinese parsley, chopped
  • All-purpose flour (for dredging)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Method:

  1. Cook rice with 220ml of water.
  2. Peel and dice potatoes and steam them with the tofu.
  3. Once cooked through, leave to cool for 15 minutes before mashing the potatoes and tofu together.
  4. Combine the mixture with the cooked rice and Chinese parsley.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Shape the mashed mixture into golf-sized balls.
  7. Dredge the balls in flour.
  8. Heat oil up to 180 degrees in a medium saucepan and deep fry the balls till golden brown.
  9. Garnish with cherry tomatoes, fresh greens and serve hot.

HEALTHWISE – Have A Merry Feast and Stay Healthy too

Although festive foods are usually high in calories, it does not mean you have to avoid them completely

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It’s the time for feasting but why not indulge in a healthier way?

With some planning, it is possible to have a Christmas feast that is yummy and still good for you.

You can use more herbs and spices instead of salt and replace part of the cream with milk, for instance.

For party-goers, simple tips such as removing the skin of the turkey or chicken, choosing leaner cuts of meats and eating more vegetables can help to cut your calorie intake.

Although festive foods such as roast pork with crackling, candies, chocolate, cakes and puddings are high in calories, it does not mean you have to avoid them completely.

It is the amount you eat and how often that matters, said Ms Bibi Chia, principal dietitian at Raffles Diabetes and Endocrine Centre.

“If festive dining is limited to only one occasion, I would almost say the person can eat whatever he wants,” she said. “However, for most people, the celebration goes on for a few days or even weeks.”

Ms Chia suggested that party hosts can allow guests, especially those with dietary restrictions, to bring their own dishes.

During this season, those who are chronically ill or have other health concerns will have to take more care to keep to their diets.

Mr Derrick Ong, dietitian and director of Eat Right Nutrition Consultancy, advised those with diabetes to aim for low glycaemic index foods like yam, pumpkin and multigrain bread, and to eat lots of vegetables which can be accompaniments to the usual Christmas fare.

“For those on insulin or diabetic medications, it’s best to watch the alcohol too, as the combination might lead to hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar),” he said.

People who have kidney failure but are not on dialysis treatment will need to go easy on the roast meat, turkey and other protein, he said. They should do the same with the gravies and sauces to keep their sodium intake in check, regardless of whether they are on dialysis or not, he added.

Everyone else should just eat in moderation and take care not to eat food that they cannot tolerate.

It may be a season of feasting but that’s not the reason to forget about your health, particularly for those who are ill, recovering from an illness or have allergies.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2015, with the headline ‘Have a merry feast and stay healthy too’.

MY STORY – GIVING THEIR GIFT OF TIME

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Gifts comes in more ways than just tangible presents. For Metta Home’s volunteers, Wei Xiang and Soon Huat, the offer of their personal time to befriend and provide haircuts to Metta Home’s clients are their ways of giving back to society.

34-year-old Wong Wei Xiang is a Regional Service Engineer who came to know about Metta Welfare Association through Facebook. Feeling empathy for the clients, he felt that they would do with a good friend and listening ear. He understood what it felt like to be treated differently and wanted the client to have friendship. Hence, Wei Xiang made it a point to regularly spend his free time at Metta Home, engaging the clients in simple games and colouring activities. He hopes that his actions would be able to lift the spirits of the clients up and bring a smile to their faces. Seeing those happy grins makes Wei Xiang’s day.

For some volunteers, putting the skills of their livelihood to better the lives of the disadvantaged are a means of giving back to society. Erh Soon Huat is a hair stylist by profession who was introduced to Metta by a friend. The 46-year-old volunteer wanted to experience what it felt like to contribute to society and started his first volunteering experience with Metta Home in 2006. To date, he recruits more than ten volunteers, some through his regular customers and friends, and trains them in hair cutting so that they may provide the same service and time to the less fortunate. In the process of giving free haircuts to the clients, Soon Huat also befriends and engages them as he gradually got to know the clients and their caregivers over time.

Volunteers like Wei Xiang and Soon Huat are among the growing pool of young volunteers who believe in bettering the lives of the disadvantaged in the society. They do not have a lot of time; but they have a big heart. There is no better sense of self-achievement than contributing in meaningful ways. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, Metta Welfare Association welcomes all corporates and individuals to join us and make the community a better place.

To find out more about our various volunteering opportunities, please download our Metta App on iTunes or Android Play Store or at our website www.metta.org.sg.


MADE WITH LOVE FOR THE SEASON
DIY Paper Quill Christmas Cards

Clients at the Metta Home for the Disabled took to paper quilling in the new Sheltered Arts Workshop as part of their regular occupational therapy to train their motor skills and mental relaxation sessions. This simple craft is easy to follow yet creates beautiful and elegant touch to the final art work. For the months of November and December, Metta Home clients spent their days creating beautiful paper quilled Christmas cards with their creativity and newly learnt skills.

Follow the step-by-step instructions by our client, Tan Thiam Teng, on how you can also create a simple yet beautiful paper quill card this Christmas.

paper2.jpgWhat is Paper Quilling:
The craft dates back to European monasteries in the Renaissance and enjoyed a brief resurgence in the Victorian era as a hobby for ladies of leisure. Paper quilling typically involves the use of paper strips that are rolled, shaped, looped, twisted, manipulated and glued together to create designs to decorate greetings cards, pictures, boxes, etc…

Materials needed:
1)    Green and red paper strips (approx. 0.5cm thickness)
2)    Red construction paper (cut into a circle of 7cm diameter)
3)    Decorative craft twine (approx. 22cm)
4)    1 paper quilling slotted tool
5)    A pair of scissors
6)    A5 card
7)    Paper glue
8)    Glitter glue

Getting started:

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Lunar New Year Goodies from Metta Cafe

Metta Cafe’s Lunar New Year goodies are ready for order now!! Savour our eggless creations that are suitable for vegetarians.

Download the order form OR order online today!

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Eggless Cranberry Cookies Eggless Chocolate with Macadamia Cookies
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Eggless Cornflake Cookies

Metta e-Newsletter: Vol 20 Issue 5

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Celebrating Children’s Day: Empowering Children with Knowledge

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Every first Friday of October is a day of celebration of all children in Singapore. Observing Children’s Day is not just a day for children to celebrate their youth, innocence and vitality, but a tribute to childhood. Children are the world’s valuable resource and the best hope for future generations. Notably in Singapore where natural resources are limited, children aid in citizenship renewal to an ageing population as every person can play his part in contributing back to our society.

Every child deserves a chance to realise their dreams. At Metta Preschool and Metta School, we believe in nurturing and developing our children to their fullest potential through an enriching curriculum regardless of their level of ability, race or religion. Designed with their holistic development in mind, our curriculum encompasses programmes that equip these children with the skills and abilities necessary for further education. Early diagnoses of their disabilities coupled with appropriate intervention programmes, a good support and training can help them cope with the disabilities and prevent the conditions from deteriorating while maximising their development and capabilities.

Our society has a role to play in assuring that children have the opportunity to reach their potential. Children with special needs can contribute back to society with the sufficient training and support through proper guidance by parents and teachers. Improving that level of care is where Metta, together with the support of the community, can make that difference.

With Triple Gems Blessings
Venerable Shi Fa Zhao BBM


RECENT HAPPENINGS

Metta Charity Run 2016 – The Run That Binds Ties

10 September 2016@The Big Splash
Metta Charity Run 2016

Metta Charity Run 2016

“Sunshine after the rain” is an adage that holds true for the recently ended Metta Charity Run 2016. The 7th annual sporting fundraiser saw good success amidst the initial stormy weather that looked to hamper the enthusiasm of our runners. Despite that, the determined and selfless spirits of the runners and volunteers showed through as everyone huddled close together under tentages and ensuring that no one is left out in the rain. Held on 10 September 2016 with 1,250 runners supporting the event, the charity run saw more than $82,000 raised.

“Running helps us to stay healthy and bond.  The Metta Charity Run is non-competitive that allows one to run at your own pace, and to really enjoy the run with family and friends.  This embodies the spirit of harmony, peace, family bonding and friendship. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the participants, corporates and sponsors for their support and our staff and volunteers for their hard work and passion to make this event a success.”
Ms. Felicia Wee, Deputy Executive Director, Metta Welfare Association

It turned out to be showers of blessings as the delayed flag-off saw eager runners making a beeline to the start point with the cool weather ambient in working up a sweat for the runners. Adding on to this year’s Run is the memorable experience of having students from Metta School and clients from Metta Home for the Disabled joining the runners, as merry beneficiaries from Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly cheered everyone on with brightly coloured pom poms. Gracing the event was Guest of Honour, MP of East Coast GRC, Ms. Jessica Tan who also gave out the Tokens of Appreciation to our key contributors including Singapore Pools, Changi Simei Grassroots Organisations, Big Splash, Singapore Police Force Training Command and Vu Marcoms.

The non-competitive run consisted of 3 categories of 10km, 5km and a Parent & Child 1.5km Fun Run. The 1.5km route was packed with challenging games and activities that engaged the family. A convivial mini carnival greeted the runners after their run. In addition to the food and games, there was also a Milo truck that provided free-flow of chilled Milo to the participants and a photo booth set up to capture the moments as parents and children each took home a Pikachu or Bulbasaur balloon. Entertainment highlights by Metta School’s Stomp Warriors who gave an exuberant Bahiana Funk performance, another group of Metta School students provided an exciting Wushu performance, together with many other multi-racial performing talents.  The Triskelion Singapore Council, a Filipino community whose members work in various industries in Singapore, were also there to perform their versions of popular contemporary songs.

METTA CHARITY BOWL 2016- Bowling Good Times

22 October 2016 | Orchid Bowl @Downtown East

2016 marks the 3rd bowling tournament of Metta Welfare Association since its inception. Held at Orchid Bowl at Downtown East, this bowling tournament has corporates joining in for a good camaraderie with clients and students from Metta Day Activity Centre for the Intellectually Disabled and Metta School respectively. It was an exciting challenge as corporates and professional student bowlers pit their skills against one another for the grand championship title and bag home prizes sponsored by Aerogaz, York Hotel, Citrusox, Singapore Pools, among others.

Gracing the event as our Guest-of-Honour is Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mayor of South East District, Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman who handed out the prizes to the winners and the grand championship trophy title to Team Crowne Plaza Strikers.


UPCOMING EVENT

METTA CHARITY MOVIE SCREENING 2016
26 November 2016 | 4pm | The Cathay Cineplex

THE OCEAN IS CALLING

Sailing into local cinemas for families and children is an enchanting CG-animated adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios of a spirited teenager, Moana, who sails out on a daring seafaring mission to save her people and uncover her own identity.
Organised by Metta Welfare Association, this epic action-packed adventure comedy starring Dwayne Johnson as the voice of demigod, Maui and Auli’i Cravalho as female protagonist Moana is an exciting animation not to be missed.

Now you can help the less privileged simply by watching a movie at the Metta Charity Movie Screening 2016. Show your support to the community when you bring your family and join us for this event in November. Ticket sales will go towards funding of Metta’s programmes and services for its beneficiaries.metta_v20i5_forweb-3

HURRY!! What are you waiting for? To book your tickets, visit: http://www.metta.org.sg/mettacharitymovie2016

Scan the QR code to catch a glimpse of the official trailer to Moana.

*Allocated seats. Limited seats available for each category.


CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

A Mid-Autumn’s Love of Sharing and Caring
26 August 2016

Staff volunteers from Deloitte & Touche LLP spent a memorable afternoon with clients from Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly when they came down to interact and create mid-autumn crafts with our beneficiaries.

Deloitte staff briefly picked up the art of snowskin mooncake making from Metta’s kitchen chef, Ms Jessica Feng, and proceeded to teach and guide and the clients with their new found skills. Over 60 beneficiaries were each accompanied by a Deloitte staff who assisted the clients in creating pretty rainbow-hued snowskin mooncakes with yam or green tea flavoured lotus seed paste and snowskin pastry. On top of the confectionery craft, Deloitte staff also assisted the clients in decorating paper lanterns with punch art paper butterfly embellishments. This CSR activity not only serves as a bonding and social interaction moment, but also acts as an occupational therapy for the elderly clients as it trains their motor skills.


FEATURE

WHAT’S UP KIDS!
6 October 2016

Children’s Day Celebration@PreSchool Punggol

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A little ’Angry Bird’ and ’Pig King’ dropped by at Metta PreSchool@Punggol to delight a group of our preschool children on Children’s Day. Entertaining hosts from Fantasy Parties enthralled the little ones with engaging game activities using coloured balls, bright cheery play mats and a kids’ tunnel challenge. The hosts put up an entertaining Angry Birds Show and handed out themed goodie bags of snacks, candies and bubble blowers to the delights of the children which made the party a memorable Children’s Day for everyone. The celebration is fully sponsored by Mr. Poon Cher Hock, who personally believes in helping the less privilege by giving back to the community.


NURTURING TIES

RUN, SO OTHERS CAN
Runninghour Cooperatives Limited

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Research findings have contributed to a constructive debate in Singapore on the inclusion and education of children with special needs, according to a study commissioned by the Lien Foundation: (Ng, Jing Yng. (2016, July 4). One in three special-needs children faces insensitive treatment: Survey. TODAY Online. Retrieved from http://www.todayonline.com.)  Although the study found many Singaporeans supporting the idea of inclusive public spaces, far fewer were willing to interact with the special needs community, indicating some disparity between Singaporeans’ tolerance and actual acceptance.

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Jenny, mother of 16-year old Ryan, knows better. Ryan is a student with Metta School’s ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) programme. Jenny had hoped that Ryan would be able to join his peers in outdoor sports activities for better social interaction, fitness and acceptance. Upon the introduction of Runninghour by a Metta School teacher, Jenny enrolled Ryan for the programme immediately.

Runninghour is an inclusive running club that promotes the integration of PWSNs (People with Special Needs) into society through running. It also provides the platform for PWSNs to interact with their peers, ordinary youth and adults to build bonds and enlarge their social networks. Unlike most mainstream running communities, Runninghour’s fitness training are geared towards helping PWSNs get accustomed and cope with the high impact sports activity. Its trainers are experienced running guides who volunteer their time to run alongside a PWSN.

Founded by John See Toh, a Metta School teacher, the running club has made significant progress to the overall wellbeing of its members since its inception 7 years ago.

“Running is more than just a sport. Aside from running, our members get to be mentored by responsible adults in areas such as life skills. Through the participation of mainstream activities, they gain confidence and social skills to operate in the community setting.”
Founder of RunningHour Cooperatives, John See Toh

Being a special needs educator, John and Runninghour co-founder, Jan, first initiated the idea to form an interest group catering to a small group of students who graduated from Delta Senior School. The inclusive running club was then set up on 18th of April 2009 by John and a group of fitness enthusiasts. These enthusiasts act as buddy runners every Saturday morning to special members who are mildly intellectually challenged. Its members are mainly students, ex-students from APSN (Association for People with Special Needs), CFA (Center for Adults) as well as Metta School students and their caregivers. Runninghour has been supported by Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) as a Healthy Lifestyle Club (HLC).

Presently, Runninghour has 15 Metta School students and 6 caregivers among its pool of members. Running sessions inclusive of an overall fitness training are organised thrice weekly. The initiative was warmly received as caregivers of the students noted the improvements in their charges and signed up as the club’s members and volunteer guides. Among the club’s members and advocacy is Kelvin Tan Wei Lian (陈伟联), a visually impaired local Mandopop singer, who went on to participate in the 10km run of the Singapore Marathon.

As for Ryan, things have never been the same since he joined Runninghour. The regular sessions gave the boy a fitter appearance and better discipline in following instructions from his mentors and fellow mates. Thanks to an inclusive running club like Runninghour, the hopes for parents with special needs children to get involved in healthy outdoor sports activities is a dream turned reality.

HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY SON

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Metta School student Eddison Tan is only 17 years old when he took part in the Runninghour.

He is currently with Metta School’s vocational training programme for Students with Mild Intellectual Disability and is an active member of the inclusive running club. Eddison’s father, Daniel Tan, speaks about the improvements on his son’s progress through the sporting initiative.

What spurred you to enrol Eddison with Runninghour?
Daniel: I found out about the club when my wife and I attended our son’s Kota Tinggi pre-camp briefing session at Metta School in September 2015. We decided to join RunningHour as we believe that running can build our child’s determination and confidence which in turn brings about better health and happiness as endorphins are released.

What did you like about Runninghour’s programme?
Daniel: During the first running session, I was amazed and deeply touched to see so many passionate individuals come together. Eddison and I felt really good as the members are a cohesive group of like-minded enthusiasts giving strength and encouragement to their buddies along the way.

How has Runninghour made an impact on your child’s life?
Daniel: Eddison has become more confident, sociable, independent and happier since he joined Runninghour. And he is always looking forward to the next running session.

What advice will you give to people who are thinking of joining Runninghour?
Daniel: Just drop by during one of the running sessions and experience it for yourself. A thousand miles start with the first step!


MY STORY: A BRIGHTER TOMORROW

15-year old Amirul Syafiq Bin Mazlan is not just your average shy kid on the block. The Metta School student has mild intellectual disability (MID) and autism since birth. Life isn’t easy for Amirul and his family. The low-income household situation has made the family live on ends. Amirul’s father is the sole bread winner of the family of five. Amirul’s mother is a housewife and both his older sisters are currently furthering their education at a university.

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In a personal struggle with MID and autism, Amirul finds much difficulty in interaction with strangers. He is not able to open up comfortably as would most normal teens of his age. This would be a stumbling block for Amirul’s social life and his parents are concerned that it might hinder his capability at work in the future. Despite his reticence, Amirul is a determined and courteous boy. He puts in much effort in learning, unafraid of new tasks and is always willing to help peers who are less abled than himself.

As luck would have it, things looked up for Amirul when he joined Metta School in 2009. Among Metta School’s regular training programme, Amirul is able to grasp job-related skills from personal grooming, interpersonal skills, vocational behaviour and communication skills, to generic hard skills such as packaging, assembly and sorting of packages, etc… For students like Amirul, each skill is broken into small tasks to ensure mastery and acquisition before moving on to the next challenging level. Amirul’s learning experience is also enhanced as a result of working with diverse types of materials and items in the course of his training. Among the vocational curriculum that Amirul learnt are housekeeping, laundry and various pre-vocational skills. Tasks assigned to him are simulated as close to real life for his familiarity when he goes out to work.  Amirul is presently attending pre-vocational training to prepare him for possible future job attachments.

Being a student of Metta School is not the only joy for Amirul and his family. As a Metta School student, Amirul is eligible for the School’s financial assistance scheme. Under the scheme, Amirul’s educational needs are fully met, of which includes the provision of school uniforms, shoes and stationeries. He is also receiving full subsidy for transport allowance. In addition, Metta Welfare Association provides the family with a $40 NTUC Voucher Grocery Assist and other staple items on a monthly basis. At Metta School, we believe a child can learn better when their basic needs are met.

With the new skills gained, Amirul’s parents hope that he will be more independent and eventually be gainfully employed. Through the support from Metta School, the community, Amirul’s family and his own perseverance and efforts, Amirul will be able to lead an independent and meaningful life moving forward.


ACTIVITY

HEALTHY CRAFT ACTIVITY: BEAT THE HEAT WITH HOMEMADE HEALTHY FRUIT POPSICLES

The past few weeks have been a sweltering inferno in Singapore and naturally, most of us would love to quench ourselves in cold sodas and sweetened drinks. But sweetened drinks and sodas are bad for health, causes hyperactivity in children and are known to promote tooth decay. Here’s what our creative teachers at Metta PreSchool Punggol did as an alternative to quench the thirst, excite the taste buds, educate and train the motor skills of our pre-schoolers.

“Traffic Light Ice Lollies” is a colourful ice popsicle of frozen blended fruits that teaches the children to differentiate the colours for road safety. Through touch, smell and sight, the young pre-schoolers learn about the various types of fruits and the concept of coolness to the touch. The motions of peeling the fruits, scooping and cutting them up with a blunt-edged knife promotes eye-hand coordination skills at the same time.
Try this with your child the next time you need a good cooling boost!

Ingredients:                  Tools:
Strawberries                    Blender
Mangoes                           Popsicle moulds
Kiwis                                  Popsicle sticks
Honey (optional)            Spoons (for scooping)

Method:

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Step 1: Peel the skin of the kiwis and mangoes.
Step 2: Cut all the fruits into small pieces.
Step 3: Separate the fruits into different bowls according to their colours.
Step 4: Put the fruits into a blender and drizzle some *honey to taste. Blend the fruits in separate batches according to their sorted colours.
Step 5:  With the assistance of an adult, blend the fruit chunks into puree.
Step 6: Carefully spoon the pureed fruits into popsicle moulds accordingly red, yellow and green (strawberries, mangoes and kiwis).
Step 7: Insert a popsicle stick or an ice- cream stick into the filled individual popsicle mould.
Step 8: Chill the popsicles in the freezer until frozen
Once frozen, the yummy rainbow-coloured ice popsicles are ready to eat!
TIPS: You may omit the honey if you do not want the popsicle to be too sweet for your child.

Metta e-Newsletter: Vol 20 Issue 4

PRESIDENT’S NOTE:

Rainbow of Colours

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Our nation has come a long way since racial harmony was incepted into the Singaporean culture. Commemorating the 1964 Racial Riots in Singapore, Racial Harmony Day is celebrated every year on 21 July. This is in remembrance to the importance of living in peace and tranquillity with one another, regardless of race or religion.

Racial tolerance and acceptance resonate with Metta’s core value of Harmony in treating our stakeholders, clients, donors, volunteers and staff with equality and sensitivity. It is with this value that we firmly believe in inculcating tolerance and respect in our beneficiaries through engaging activities that serve to promote their motor skills at the same time. Apart from these activities, creating awareness and understanding of each cultural norms and practices builds a deeper understanding towards different cultural habits. Metta is proud to embrace the collective efforts of its staff who make an effort to dress up in their ethnic attire and celebrate Racial Harmony Day with its clients and philanthropic corporate partners.

I like to take this moment to extend my sincerest blessings to everyone and remind all that mutual respect, patience and tolerance are essential for our society to go a long way. May we co-exist with one another for a meaningful purpose in a world beyond colours.

Yours in the Dharma

Venerable Shi Pu En
Executive Director
Metta Welfare Association


UPCOMING HAPPENINGS

METTA CHARITY RUN 2016
Date: 10 September 2016
Location: East Coast Park (Big Splash)

Dashing through another year of charity events, Metta is back again for the Metta Charity Run 2016. The 7th annual event organised by Metta Welfare Association is a non-competitive running event comprising of categories 10km, 5km and a Parents and Child 1.5km Fun Run. Giving your child a good workout while ensuring she has fun? Take her to our Parent and Child 1.5km Fun Run where the trail is lined with exciting activities and fun games.

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Joining us for the consecutive year as our Platinum Sponsor is Siemens Pte Ltd. As part of the corporation’s philanthropic efforts, staff from Siemens will volunteer their time to raise funds for the development and enrichment of Metta’s disability, medical, special education and early intervention programmes in aid of some 1,000 beneficiaries from various races and religions.

Look out for attractive goodie bags, stage performances and exciting lucky draw prizes during the carnival after a good run. This is a healthy family sporting event not to be missed!

For more information about the Metta Charity Run 2016, visit: https://www.metta.org.sg/mettarun2016/


HEALTH WISE

Healthy Local Breakfast Choices
Source: By Lim Siew Choo, Senior Dietitian, Nutrition & Dietetics, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), a member of theSingHealth group.

Was grandma right when she said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day? Unless you wake up for a snack in the night, breakfast does refuel the body after the long ‘fast’ through the night.

Breakfast is still the most important meal because it provides the fuel for the day. Studies have shown that overweight children, adolescents and adults are less likely to eat breakfast than their thinner counterparts. Skipping breakfast often leads to eating a heavier lunch or to having a snack (often high-calorie) before lunch. Hence, eating a healthy breakfast can help in control weight gain.

Ultimately, one should never forget that it is the net energy intake (i.e. the energy consumed minus the energy expended throughout the day) that determines if we lose weight or gain weight.

A healthy and nutritious breakfast consists of slowly digested carbohydrates (e.g. fresh fruit, whole grain cereal, low-fat dairy products) paired with protein foods (e.g. egg, reduced fat cheese, tau huay). These will give you the energy and nutrients you need to jump-start the day.

Nutritious breakfast ideas

  • Wholegrain ready-to-eat breakfast cereals with low-fat fruit yoghurt or low-fat milk
  • Sandwich (e.g. wholemeal or multigrain bread) with low-fat cheese / tuna or mashed egg with light mayonnaise (add lettuce and tomatoes)
  • Instant or quick-cooking oatmeal prepared with low-fat milk and topped with sliced fresh fruits (bananas are great!) or dried fruit (e.g. raisins)
  • Bean curd (tau huay), with less syrup, and raisin bun
  • Dosa (thosai) or idli with lentil (dhal) curry
  • Low-fat yoghurt with fresh fruit (can also be blended into a smoothie)
  • Plain crackers with low-fat cheese and low-fat milk or reduced-sugar soya bean milk
  • Fish porridge with chopped spring onions (no fried garnishing or dough fritters)
  • Fishball noodles (beehoon, kway teow or mee sua) soup (no fried garnishings)
  • Vegetable pau with soya bean milk (tau huay) with less syrup

Dim sum
Singaporeans like fast, takeaway breakfast options, including popular dim sums.
Choose wisely from the vast options available in Singapore. Here is a listing of nutritional content for various dim sum, to enable you to make healthier choices:

Food Items Lor Mai Kai  Dim Sum, Siew Mai, Steamed Pork Pau Dim Sum, Spring Roll, Deep Fried Dim Sum, Har Gow, Steamed Chee Cheong Fun With Char Siew  Dim Sum, Yam Cake, Steamed 
Per serving size
149
(1pc)
16g
(1pc)
123.6g
(1pc)
22g
(1pc)
18g
(1pc)
80.5g
(1pc)
133g
(1pc)
Energy (kcal)
322 29 360 70 27 65 193
Total fat (g) 7 1 16 4 1 1 3
Saturated fat (g) 2.7 0.4 5.6 1.7 0.3 0.6 1.3
Trans fat (g) 0 0.03 N.A N.A N.A N.A N.A

Source: Health Promotion Board

Although fat is a concentrated source of calories, weight loss still depends on the overall energy intake throughout the day and physical activity. It is important to remember that calories are also found in foods containing carbohydrate, protein and alcohol.

Unhealthy breakfast options

Both pancakes and Danish pastries are made from flour, eggs and milk, etc., either topped with a sweet spread (maple syrup, jam, honey, etc.) or a savoury mixture (margarine, nuts, etc). Danish pastry is also very high in fat. Whilst providing energy, fat and carbohydrates, they don’t provide many important nutrients. This also applies to local breakfast ideas e.g. fried carrot cake, roti prata, kaya and butter toast.

Healthier choices include lower fat options: tuna bun, Japanese style pancake, vegetable pau, etc. Choose soup noodles instead of dry noodles and chicken porridge instead of pork porridge.

Article contributed by the Dept of Nutrition and Dietetics at:

The above article is extracted from: http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/healthyliving/DietandNutrition/Pages/Healthy-Local-Breakfast-Choices.aspx

NURTURING TIES

Celebrating Multi-Racial Food Culture

Food binds people as it binds cultures. As part of Metta Preschool’s learning curriculum to introduce multi-racial diversity to its pre-schoolers, our teachers engaged the children in fun and interactive activities such as basic food preparation of local fares. The children had a filled day learning to flip roti pratas in a pan, skewering satay mock meat, cooking mock prawn noodles, separating kangkong leaves from its stems, slicing mock meat with plastic knives and stirring scrambled eggs. Such exploratory activity trains the children’s eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills with a fun element.

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Segregated into groups, each child also tasted various local foods from you tiao, soybean drinks, bandung drinks, traditional Malay kuehs, roti pratas and murukus as they try to differentiate the different food types to the respective race and its culture. Whoever says you can’t have fun while learning!

A Mid-Autumn’s Love of Sharing and Caring

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

When: 26 August 2016

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Staff volunteers from Deloitte & Touche LLP spent a memorable afternoon with clients from Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly when they came down to interact and create mid-autumn crafts with our beneficiaries.

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14264192_1172698016109770_6847436635212002586_nDeloitte staff briefly picked up the art of snowskin mooncake making from Metta’s kitchen chef, Ms Jessica Feng, and proceeded to teach and guide and the clients with their new found skills. Over 60 beneficiaries were each accompanied by a Deloitte staff who assisted the clients in creating pretty rainbow-hued snowskin mooncakes with yam or green tea flavoured lotus seed paste and snowskin pastry. On top of the confectionery craft, Deloitte staff also assisted the clients in decorating paper lanterns with punch art paper butterfly embellishments.

This CSR activity not only serves as a bonding and social interaction moment, but also acts as an occupational therapy for the elderly clients as it trains their motor skills.

Metta Charity Run 2016: The Run That Binds Ties

RECENT HAPPENINGS

When: 10 September 2016@The Big Splash


THE RUN THAT BINDS TIES

Metta Charity Run 2016

Metta Charity Run 2016

“Sunshine after the rain” is an adage that holds true for the recently ended Metta Charity Run 2016. The 7th annual sporting fundraiser saw good success amidst the initial stormy weather that looked to hamper the enthusiasm of our runners. Despite that, the determined and selfless spirits of the runners and volunteers showed through as everyone huddled close together under tentages and ensuring that no one is left out in the rain. Held on 10 September 2016 with 1,250 runners supporting the event, the charity run saw more than $82,000 raised.

Metta Charity Run 2016

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“Running helps us to stay healthy and bond.  The Metta Charity Run is non-competitive that allows one to run at your own pace, and to really enjoy the run with family and friends.  This embodies the spirit of harmony, peace, family bonding and friendship. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the participants, corporates and sponsors for their support and our staff and volunteers for their hard work and passion to make this event a success.”

Ms. Felicia Wee, Deputy Executive Director,
Metta Welfare Association

 

It turned out to be showers of blessings as the delayed flag-off saw eager runners making a beeline to the start point with the cool weather ambient in working up a sweat for the runners. Adding on to this year’s Run is the memorable experience of having students from Metta School and clients from Metta Home for the Disabled joining the runners, as merry beneficiaries from Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly cheered everyone on with brightly coloured pom poms.

dsc_0356Gracing the event was Guest of Honour, MP of East Coast GRC, Ms. Jessica Tan who also gave out the Tokens of Appreciation to our key contributors including Singapore Pools, Changi Simei Grassroots Organisations, Big Splash, Singapore Police Force Training Command and Vu Marcoms.

 

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Metta Charity Run 2016

The non-competitive run consisted of 3 categories of 10km, 5km and a Parent & Child 1.5km Fun Run. The 1.5km route was packed with challenging games and activities that engaged the family. A convivial mini carnival greeted the runners after their run. In addition to the food and games, there was also a Milo truck that provided free-flow of chilled Milo to the participants and a photo booth set up to capture the moments as parents and children each took home a Pikachu or Bulbasaur balloon. Entertainment highlights by Metta School’s Stomp Warriors who gave an exuberant Bahiana Funk performance, another group of Metta School students provided an exciting Wushu performance, together with many other multi-racial performing talents.  The Triskelion Singapore Council, a Filipino community whose members work in various industries in Singapore, were also there to perform their versions of popular contemporary songs.

 

This annual community event organised by Metta aims to raise funds for the disability care, medical care, special education and early intervention programmes that Metta provides in aid of some 1,000 beneficiaries from across various races and religions.