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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