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 Pineapple Tarts Eggless Peanut Cookies
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Eggless Cranberry Cookies Eggless Chocolate with Macadamia Cookies
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Eggless Butter Almond Cookies Eggless Almond 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

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“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.

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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.

Metta Charity Bowl 2016: Bowling Good Times

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Date: 22 October 2016
Location: Orchid Bowl @Downtown East


BOWLING GOOD TIMES

METTA CHARITY BOWL 2016

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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.

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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.

Moana (Disney Animation Movie) @ Metta Charity Movie Screening 2016

Time: 4pm
Date: 26 November 2016
Location: The Cathay Cineplex (2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233)

THE OCEAN IS CALLING

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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.

Watch the trailer below!

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.

HURRY!!
What are you waiting for?

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.

Movie tickets at S$30, S$50 and S$100. All tickets consist of a popcorn combo set and goodie bag. Wait no more! *Register with us HERE!!

*For tax exemption claims, please indicate your NRIC number in the form fields.
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Photo taken from Metta Charity Movie Screening 2014.

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Photo taken from Metta Charity Movie Screening 2014.

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Photo taken from Metta Charity Movie Screening 2014.

Metta e-Newsletter: Vol 20 Issue 3

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

MENTAL & PHYSICAL WELLBEING

1In our society, the hurried fast pace of living has led many to compromise on their general wellbeing. Wellbeing is not just the absence of illness or mental ability. It is a complex combination of an individual’s physical, mental, emotional and social health factors. Believing that worldly possession is the key to happiness can also harm a person’s wellbeing. A person who chooses to over work misses out on time with family, friends, leisure pursuits and his health as a result of stress-induced habits. A poor lifestyle ultimately may culminate into serious health ailments which could deteriorate if habits are not changed. Quality of living might be compromised as poor health impede simple daily tasks’ performance or might jeopardise the livelihood of an individual.

It is essential that we play our part by making positive changes to our lifestyle and be responsible for our own health and wellbeing. Metta regularly upgrades it healthcare services to meet the rising challenges of the ageing population and people with special needs. Introducing Metta Home Nursing, it bridges intervention and medical assistance of elderly patients requiring frequent re-admittance to the hospital. This allows the elderly to age in place by providing nursing services at their homes through telecommunications and home visits.

Together with appropriate care, adequate family and social support, our clients can still enjoy a meaningful and good quality of life. Metta will continue to work towards the seamless and holistic care of our clients for their total wellbeing through the enhancements of our programmes and services. Ultimately, our goal is to help our clients lead a beneficial and fulfilling life with their loved ones.

With Triple Gems Blessings
Venerable Shi Fa Zhao BBM


UPCOMING EVENTS

KEPPEL OFFSHORE AND MARINE-METTA CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT 2016

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28 July 2016
Tanah Merah Country Club (Tampines Course)

Metta Welfare Association is back for its annual 17th fundraising golf event, Metta Charity Golf Tournament 2016 partnering with Keppel Offshore and Marine again. The tournament will be held at the Tanah Merah Country Club.

It will be an exciting tournament as golfers pit their skills against each other for a good game. Participating golfers stand a chance to win a Hole-In-One prize of a Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 Shooting Brake among other prizes. The fulfilling afternoon wraps up with a relaxing dinner with entertaining performances and a lucky draw.

Wish to do your part for charity and join us in this golfing tournament? Log on to www.metta.org.sg for more information.


HEALTHWISE

HEALTH BENEFITS OF PLAYING GOLF

Golf has quickly become a popular sport all over the globe. Players of all ages, walks of life and geographic locations find solace in a good game of golf. Golf can be good for your health and your heart. Be it taking the buggy or walking on the course, you would be working every single muscle in your body with just a golf game. If you traverse 18 holes 3 to 5 times a week, you’ll get an optimal amount of endurance exercise for your heart. If you pull your clubs or carry them, you’ll burn even more calories and benefit much more.

  • Golf players who carry their bags while walking the course burn 721 calories on average.
  • Players who travel the course using pull-carts actually burn 718 calories on average.
  • Golfers who walk the course, but have caddies carry their bags burn 613 calories on average.
  • Those who ride in golf carts throughout the game still burn an average of 411 calories.

Benefits of Golfing!

  1. Reduces Stress – It’s been said that playing a round of golf releases endorphins. These are all-natural, powerful, mood-enhancing “drugs” within our brains. Basically, golfing helps one to relax and reduce stress, which can affect health drastically.
  2. Stimulates Blood Circulation – Some studies suggest that playing golf may actually stimulate blood circulation within our brains. This helps to improve nerve cell connections, and may actually delay an onset of dementia.
  3. Improves Mortality Rate – A Swedish Study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports concluded that golf just may affect life expectancy. According to the publication, of those who play golf regularly, there was a 40% decrease in mortality rates. That’s an increase of a 5-year life expectancy.
  4. Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep – It’s during sleep when our bodies heal most. Therefore, any activity that causes us to sleep well, naturally, is good for our health. Between walking the course, lugging your bag, prepping and swinging, you’ll get enough of a physical workout to fall asleep fast and stay asleep all night long.
  5. Improves Vision – It takes pretty good vision to zoom in on that round, little white ball. Each time you take a swing at it, you get the opportunity to evaluate the keenness of your vision. This is especially true when you’re trying to figure out where your ball has landed.
  6. Gets Your Bladder Trained – This is a surprising revelation from the golfers worth taking note of. Those frequent visits from your friendly course beer-cart steward can give your bladder a run for its time. The longer you learn to hold it, the more you strengthen the capacity of your bladder. And, as noted by several women golfers, it is also an effective way to strengthen leg muscles, especially the thighs. Crouching manoeuvres used by those who can’t “hold it” are a unique way of doing leg exercises.
  7. Stimulates the Heart – Remember that any form of physical exercise helps to get your adrenaline going. This, in turn, gets the blood pumping to the heart, strengthening it naturally. Exercising for just 30 minutes each day can help you lower your blood pressure by up to 5-7 points. Workouts also help you improve your cholesterol, lose weight and lower one’s risks of getting heart disease.

Article republished from: http://www.sggolfcoach.com/#!health-benefits-of-golfing/cq1i


ACTIVITY

HEALTHY FRIED VEGETARIAN BEE HOON

3This simple Chinese-style fried vegetarian bee hoon with mixed vegetables and shiitake mushrooms is fuss-free and easy to prepare in the kitchen. Contributed by Mdm Jessica Feng, who created this recipe, this dish, free of alliums such as garlic and onions, is among the many vegetarian meals served to the beneficiaries at Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly.

Ingredients:

  • 600 g rice vermicelli (bee hoon)
  • 20 dried or fresh shitake mushrooms, for dried shitake, soaked till soft, discard the stems and slice the caps
  • 200 g celery, sliced
  • 200 g round cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 100 g french beans, sliced into ½ inch
  • 100 g carrots, julienned
  • 1 tablespoon vegetarian oyster sauce (can be substituted with mushroom sauce)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust according to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, julienned
  • 1 teaspoons sugar
  • 500g water or vegetable stock
  • Pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Chillies, sliced for garnishing

Method:

  1. Soften vermicelli in cold water for 15-30 minutes till soft. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in wok over high heat and saute shredded ginger. Pour in mushrooms, carrots and stir-fry until fragrant. Add in sliced celery, cabbage and french beans.
  3. Stir in soy sauce, vegetarian oyster sauce, sugar, and water or vegetable stock. Mix evenly then braise over low heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Add vermicelli. Cook until water is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper. Stir continuously to coat all the noodles and incorporate all the vegetables.
  5. Use tongs or a large pair of chopsticks to toss the vermicelli, so as not to risk breaking the vermicelli strands up.
  6. Serve and garnish with sliced chillies.

Recipe courtesy of Mdm Jessica Feng. Jessica is a cook at the Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly who has been whipping up vegetarian meals for the centre’s beneficiaries since 2008.


SHOUT OUT

GOING DIGITAL

Metta Café is proud to jump on board with food delivery service, Food Panda, and rush-hour discount app, 11-Hour.

Now you can enjoy our various range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare delivered hot to your doorstep! Follow Metta Café on 11-Hour and be updated Live on special promotions and discount deals.

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NURTURING TIES

PRACTICE GOOD HANDWRITING HABITS

Article contributed by Metta Preschool Occupational Therapists, Amelia Juntado and Heidi Mosqueriola.

5.jpgSome children may find writing an easy and fun activity but to some others, it may find be a difficult and tedious process. Legible handwriting technique requires coordination of the eyes, arms, hands, pencil grip, letter formation and body posture. There are many reasons why some children have difficulty holding a pencil, sitting with a good body posture, learning to form letters, and writing legibly and neatly. Often, Occupational Therapists are present to assess a child’s muscle strength, coordination, endurance and motor control and guide them through a series of activities to improve their handwriting skills.

Metta PreSchool Occupational Therapists, Amelia and Heidi, offers some simple activities which can be practised in the classroom or at home.

  1. Sports and Games that could improve visual, motor, and coordination skills
    –    Play ball (catching, throwing, rolling, bouncing)
    –    Play balloon ( catching, throwing, hitting)
    –    Toss rings over a pole
  2. Hand/Finger Activities
    –    Play dough (rolling, pinching, pulling, twisting, cutting)
    –    Clip/unclip clothes pegs
    –    Pick small objects such as beads, blocks, pom-poms using tongs or tweezers
  3. Pencil Grasp Activities
    –    String beads
    –    Pick up sticks
    –    Crumple bits of paper for arts and crafts
  4. Letter Formation
    –    Form letters by gluing together beans, buttons, seeds
    –    Form letters with play dough, putty, clay
    –    Form letters in the sand, shaving cream
    –    Write letters in the air
    * Note: Letters should be written from top to bottom and from left to right
  5. Writing on Paper with Guided Lines
    –    Use coloured lines to indicate top, middle, and bottom line for tall letters and shorts letters
    –    Highlight the bottom half of the line
    –    Make a raised base (bottom line) using glue
  6. Word Spacing
    –    Teach your child to use “finger space” by placing an index finger after each word that is written
    –    Place a dot or small line after each word the child writes. Erase it after he/she has finished writing.
    –    Play a game of arranging cut-out words to form a sentence on a whiteboard and placing coloured magnet after each word

Coaching a child good handwriting skills is not an easy task as it requires patience, attention, communication, and constant encouragement. Thus, teachers and parents are encouraged to schedule and plan activities for handwriting to be fun, interactive and enjoyable. Make it a habit to let your child write, draw, colour or create little notes. More importantly, remember to bring out those fanciful stamps; stickers; or just simply reward your child with a kiss or a big hug in showing how proud you are about his/her performance.


MAKE A WISH

LIVING HIS DREAM

What would you do if you knew your days are limited? Most of us would try our best to live our hopes and dreams in that remaining period of our time. For hospice patient, Mr Lim Eng Chui, that is a chance to visit the Gardens by The Bay for the first time with his loved ones.

6.jpgMost of us would have visited Gardens by The Bay since it opened its doors to the public in 2012. However, for some like Mr Lim, it is a dream come true to get close to nature and step foot in the City in A Garden. Unfortunately for the 45-year old, he is not able to walk long distances and move as freely as before. The former coffee-shop assistant used to toil long hours at work, neglecting his health until he was inflicted with colon cancer in late 2014. Hospice patients like Mr Lim are grateful for The Singapore Ireland Fund and Metta Hospice’s Make-A-Wish program that enables patients like himself to fulfil their final wishes.

Accompanied by Mr Lim’s girlfriend and the Metta Hospice palliative care team, Mr Lim spent an enjoyable fruitful day at the Flower Dome in Gardens by The Bay. He was exceptionally blown away by the many various variety of sakuras and cherry blossoms on display in the air-conditioned flora enclosure. What completed the day was having his girlfriend by his side all through this time as he hopes to leave behind lasting memories for her.

“It doesn’t matter if it is short-lived. What matters most is that I have lived it.”
Mr Lim Eng Chui, 45 years old, Metta Hospice patient

Metta Hospice Care introduced the Make-A-Wish program in April 2014 for its patients to fulfil their final wishes to their heart’s content. 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.

 


WHAT’S NEW

METTA HOME SHELTERED ARTS WORKSHOP

7.jpgMetta Home for the Disabled has introduced a new art therapy that aims to provide relaxation and calm agitated behaviour in our adult clients with special needs. The Sheltered Arts Workshop is an indoor craft session that involves paper quilling among other art activities. Held in an environment that is familiar to the clients, the workshop is conducted by staff who are trained to work with people with special needs. The objective of this new art therapy provides an opportunity for our clients to have a sense of achievement while enhancing their skills.

Adopting simple step-by-step instructions by Metta’s workshop supervisor, Lalitha, clients are taught to coil and shape narrow strips of paper to create designs such as hearts and flowers for their quilling project. This activity requires focus, attention to fine details and helps in improving the fine motor skills of the client with each degree catering to the individuals’ level of competence.

The fun workshop is a hit among our clients as they look forward to each session conducted on a daily basis. Under close supervision, several clients have shown improvements as they independently complete the paper quilling to produce a final artwork.

Art pieces are available for sale. Enquire about these pieces at Tel: 6365 7666.


CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES EVENTS

BRINGING JOY AND LIFE TO THE ELDERLY
30 April 2016

Clients from Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly spent a fruitful Saturday afternoon on a “fishy” excursion to S.E.A Aquarium (Sentosa), accompanied by volunteers of philanthropic organisation, Direct Life Foundation. It was a great time of interaction between the clients, volunteers and staff of Metta. Random bits of knowledge were exchanged along the way as each volunteer accompanied a client. Direct Life Foundation founder, Darren Cheng and his wife, Jenny Tay (accompanied by Mr and Mrs Roland Tay) joined in the fun-filled outing as they wheeled the clients around the gargantuan compound of the indoor aquarium. Clients thoroughly enjoyed the outing which ended with delectable bento lunches for all.8.jpg

Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly thanks Direct Life Foundation and all participating volunteers for the eventful day.

 

CUPCAKES WITH LOVE – BAKING WITH NKF AT METTA PRESCHOOL@SIMEI
13 May 2016

9.jpgIn a series of ongoing community outreach programme, a team of staff from National Kidney Foundation (NKF) dropped in for a bake and play time with Metta’s pre-schoolers. The staff took turns to mix and prepare the batter while the children had a whole lot of fun unleashing their creativity on the baked cupcakes. With little fingers, the children piped yellow icing in various designs and topped it off with colourful rainbow jimmies.

It was a refreshing experience for the staff of NKF who deals with a different set of clients in their daily work.

“This outreach is a different experience from our daily work. The only similar concept to our job is the care and passion to what we do.” Chua Cheng Wah, NKF Volunteer Leader

 

A CURIOUS MIND IS A BEAUTIFUL MIND
6 May 2016

10.jpgMetta Home Day Activity Centre clients got their curiosity filled when they visited the Science Centre with an energetic group of Zendesk volunteers. Enthusiasm and laughter were clearly seen on the clients’ faces as they touched and explored the magic of science. Eager Zendesk volunteers patiently guided and explained to the clients the various exhibits which fascinated them to no end.

Visiting the Eco-Garden, Tesla Coil Show, Immersive Experience and Butterfly Sanctuary gave the clients an opportunity to feel the allure of Mother Nature. They felt the touch of a butterfly, experienced the force of a typhoon, observed the mesmerising beauty of electricity and awaken their auditory sensory perceptions to the pattering sound of rain.

Thank you Zendesk for making it an unforgettable day


MY STORY

AGAINST ALL ODDS
An early retirement is the last thing on the mind of Mr. Mohamed Rafi Bin K M Abdul. The feisty-spirited 52-year-old who was previously a private bus driver, suffered a stroke in 2013 that rendered him poor mobility to be gainfully employed.

11.jpgA client of Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly since April 2015, Rafi was stricken with partial stroke late one night. Awoken to numbness on the right side of his body, Rafi called for an ambulance and dragged himself to allow the medics in. He was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment and spent the next 5 months at the hospital. Fortunately for Rafi, his condition stabilised and he spent an additional 5 months at a community hospital before his admittance to Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly for regular rehabilitation therapy.

During Rafi’s difficult times, his selfless sister gave up her job to become his main caregiver. This adds on to an additional loss of income for the family. Thankfully for Rafi, he receives subsidy from Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly. The family also receives basic food rations which Metta Welfare Association regularly hands out to its clients in need.

Always having an optimistic outlook on life, Rafi enjoyed independence and meeting new people when he used to work. Despite his current challenges in limited Activities of Daily Living (ADL), it did not stop him from continuously receiving rehabilitation at Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly in order to be independent again. Rafi’s persistence and perseverance paid off and almost a year later, he is able to perform simple tasks such as going to the nearby shops by himself. With a never-say-die attitude, Rafi hopes with regular rehabilitative therapy, he would get back on his own two feet and return to the workforce. Chirped the optimistic man,

“I have no problem coming to Metta. I like coming every day for my therapy.”


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Metta Welfare Association has recently launched a new FREE mobile app that makes tracking of our upcoming fundraising events, various welfare centre’s information and best of all, registering and tracking the progress of your volunteer application a breeze!

What you can expect:
Volunteering Opportunities – Registration now made easy on the app. Be a volunteer at our events, activities and our various welfare centres islandwide. Get alerts on your volunteering sign-ups.

Event Updates – Receive updates on events from Metta such as our community fundraising activities with easy participation and sign up through the app.

Publications – Read the latest bi-monthly Metta News from the app. Get updated on the latest CSR activities, news, information, health tips and inspirational stories of our clients.

Donate – Easy, fuss-free online donation to do your part in helping the less privileged.

Metta App is currently available on GOOGLE PLAY and APPLE STORE