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ACID Camp 2017 - CAMP SHIOK

posted May 13, 2017, 10:26 PM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 11:18 AM ]

ACID 2017 (Annual Camp for the Intellectually Disabled 2017) 
Dates: 17-18 June 2017
Venue: National Junior College (
37 Hillcrest Rd, Singapore 288913) 
Theme: "Camp SHIOK"

About
Being the most looked forward event in MINDS MYG’s annual calendar, ACID 2017 promises to create a new, refreshing and interactive experience for our beneficiaries and volunteers.

This year, the camp theme - “SHIOK!” would upscale familiar games to life-sizes, creating a visual impact to our beneficiaries. For the 2 days, our beneficiaries would experience a whole lot of fun going through each of the super-sized stations; as well as have the opportunity, to be exposed to various unique workshops to foster their creativity.

Highlights include: Pedal Karts, Giant Jenga, Night Trail (first in ACID!) and interactive workshops!

Unsung Heroes
The composition of this year’s organizing committee is slightly different: a good mix of MINDS MYG volunteers and student volunteers from previous years. Working in an 18-men team, this is by far one of the smallest committees for ACID.

The planning and preparations of ACID 2017 began as early as Oct 2016. To ensure that we fulfill our own goals of creating a different and enjoyable experience for our beneficiaries, we experimented with many crazy ideas and made multiple trips to the new camp ground. Our committee also took extra efforts to meet almost every day to make the props from scratch, staying back as late as 10pm.

If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that make it great. ~Tom Hanks










Special thanks to our sponsors for ACID 2017
Finally, the ACID 2017 organising committee would like to extend our utmost gratitude to our sponsors, for sharing their corporate generosity with our MINDS MYG beneficiaries. Without them, we would not have the opportunity to give our camp participants a “SHIOK!” camp experience!

We would also like to thank Sarah, an individual, who would be conducting a series of yoga workshops during the camp.

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A chat with our bocce coaches – Shin Leong and Florence

posted May 7, 2017, 5:03 AM by West End Project   [ updated May 7, 2017, 9:03 PM ]

In this short chat, our bocce coaches share the importance of having combined trainings for the upcoming Special Olympics National Games. Combined trainings are trainings where athletes from all the different projects come together for trainings.

Interviewer: How long have you been helping out with Special Olympics for MINDS MYG?

Shin Leong:  It’s my second time helping out with Special Olympics. The last time I helped out, I was a coach. (This time, Shin Leong is the Head Coach for Bocce).

Shin Leong (in grey shirt) coaching one of the trainees.

 

Florence: It’ my first time.

Florence (in white shirt) coaching one of the trainees. 


Interviewer: Why did you want to be a coach?

Shin Leong: The sense of satisfaction and achievement I feel when the trainees do well keeps me going.

Florence (laughs): I was ‘arrowed’ by my daughter. She heard from Shin Leong that it will require 5 months of commitment and she said “Mummy can!”

Interviewer: What do you think about combined trainings?

Shin Leong: With our own projects’ trainees, we are very strict and we treat them like our own children, even when we “scold” them. However, during combined trainings, we tend to be more objective and encouraging, partially because we don’t really know the other trainees as well as we know our own.

Florence: During combined trainings, I am able to witness how some of trainees (from other projects) improve, like Jia Yan from Fernvale. It’s satisfying. I think combined trainings are opportunities where coaches can share expertise with more of our trainees.

Interviewer: What do you think of our competition squad?

Shin Leong: I feel that we have a good team this year and they have chance of winning prizes with their throws after going through so many trainings. 

Florence: I think we have a good mix of both young and old, male and female athletes. I think ultimately, we would like people to realize that bocce is an inclusive game, a game that everyone can participate in.

Interviewer: Anything else you would like to share?

Shin Leong: One of our trainees, Siew Phang from BKTG, gets the most scolding from us. But surprisingly when his caregiver asked him about his trainings at the end of the day, he has always told them that he enjoys bocce trainings very much.

Florence: I think bocce is a good sport as we can get trainees who are gaining weight to exercise, and this pushes them to exercise in a fun way.

 

With only two more weeks left, the team has just one combined training left. Let’s wish them all the best!

Special Olympics Update - My new meaning of “football”

posted Apr 8, 2017, 7:11 PM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Apr 8, 2017, 7:12 PM ]

My new meaning of “football”

Everyone understands football, it’s almost like a universal language. At least to me, football has always been a game where friendships are built, teamwork is honed - all for achieving a common goal. Now that I am a volunteer, it takes on a slightly different meaning but one which I would always remember.

With the upcoming National Games in May, our volunteers have taken on the task to build a team of 6, each with different abilities and characteristics. And as with any other team-building, the journey has been fraught with challenges. Yet, with the dedication of our volunteers, we persevered through. Some of us organised training drills while some had to double up between training and their own commitments elsewhere.

At the end, I realised it was not just about building a team made of trainees of different abilities but also for a team of volunteers, whom each has something different to bring to the table. It is one of the traits which I’m most proud of - the celebration of diversity in the volunteering community.

I always have this inexplicable feeling whenever training comes to an end. It is hard for me to describe, but it is a mixture of pride and bittersweet happiness. Pride because of who we are and what we have accomplished, and bittersweet happiness because every little accomplishment was hard fought but so very worth it.

Who knew football could mean so many different things?

 

 

 


About the writer

Jordan is a 28-year old banking associate. His 8-year journey with MINDS MYG has been an exciting and meaningful one. He has gone beyond his basic responsibilities as a volunteer and has reached out to the lives of many MINDS MYG beneficiaries by taking up key roles in many MINDS MYG events. To him, taking up these different roles and responsibilities and connecting with different trainees and volunteers are the things that keep his passion for volunteering burning.

MYG AGM cum VA Activity

posted Mar 13, 2017, 2:38 AM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Mar 17, 2017, 7:26 PM ]

Date25th March 2017
Time: 0930hrs - 1515hrs
Venue: MINDS HQ - Level 6 Seminar room 

Featuring our very 1st DIY Escape Room - Hide and Seek (Difficulty Level: 3.5/5)

It's the time of the year we reflect and update on the happenings in MINDS MYG, and bond with fellow volunteers from other projects group.



Tentative Timeline
0930hrs - VA Activity - Escape room @ HQ
1200hrs - Let's Feast together!
1330hrs - Happenings in FY16/17
1340hrs - Introduction of FY17/18 committee & Happenings in FY17/18
1400hrs - Update on VA 
1410hrs - Updates of Projects Committee (Approximately 5 mins per project)
1500hrs - Awards ceremony

Do sign up with your respective Project Group asap!



Special Olympics Update - The Man in Red

posted Feb 25, 2017, 9:02 AM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Feb 25, 2017, 9:11 AM ]

The Man in Red

Donning a brilliantly red soccer jersey with his classic high socks, Anthony proudly shows off the familiar red and yellow logo upon his shirt. “I love Man U!” he announces jubilantly and it becomes clear that his job at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is not Anthony’s one passion in life. 

On weekdays (and occasionally weekends), Anthony enjoys his full time job at the Woodlands’ KFC branch stirring up a culinary storm in the kitchen. With more than 5 years of experience, Anthony toasts burgers and fries chicken with exceptional skills. Exuding his passion for his job even during our weekly sessions, Anthony takes pride in sharing with his volunteers the new delicacies that he is learning to whip up in preparation for the launch of novel menu items. “[Only] when there is no work [will] I come [to session],” Anthony shares abashedly when asked if he prefers going to work or sessions more.

However, when it comes to soccer trainings, Anthony excels further. Soccer is, after all, a game where the heart and feet work seamlessly to deliver a “GOAL!” for the audience and players to applaud; and without a doubt, Anthony has the perfect combination. Be it in his almost-always accurate passes, enthusiastic blocking of the opponents and numerous goals scored, Anthony’s passion for soccer shines through. But besides technical skills, the importance of teamwork is not lost to Anthony. “I pass the ball to Sazali and he shoots,” he smiled when asked who he thought was a better player. Evidently, Anthony values the camaraderie shared by his friends and him, acknowledging that soccer necessitates teamwork in order to score a point.

Playing soccer with your feet is one thing, but playing with your heart and soul is another thing altogether. The Regular Service Project for the Intellectually Disabled is certainly proud of one of our most passionate soccer stars – Anthony!



About The Writer

Tricia Toh Hui Min has been volunteering at Nanyang Technological University’s Regular Service Project for the Intellectually Disabled (RSPID) (one of the projects under MINDS MYG) for almost 2 years and is continuing to learn how she can better interact with the wonderful beneficiaries she has met in this short span of time. She believes that every beneficiary is similar to a snowflake - unique and brilliant in his or her own way. With the structured programme provided at RSPID every Saturday, she believes the beneficiaries benefit enormously from the consistent attention they receive and she hopes that the public can increase their awareness of such groups of special individuals.



MYG SPORTS DAY 2017

posted Feb 22, 2017, 9:51 PM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 9:43 AM ]

Event: MYG SPORTS DAY 2017 (FY16/17)
Date: 18th Mar 2017, Saturday
Time: 12.00pm to 6.30pm
Event Venue: Anderson Junior College

It's MYG Sports Day again! Get ready for an action packed day as we experience the spirit of sportsmanship at an all new venue!! 

To top it all off, this year's Sports Day is specially timed to coincide with the release of Pokemon Go Gen 2, for it will be Pokemon-themed! Sign up with your respective project and come inspire our trainees to greater heights!


Special Olympics Update - My Brave Attempt: Being a Coach

posted Feb 9, 2017, 7:25 PM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Feb 10, 2017, 11:04 AM ]

My Brave Attempt: Being a Coach

Most of us are familiar with the Olympic Games held every four years. However, how many amongst us have actually heard of the Special Olympics, which showcases the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities?

Personally, I jumped at the opportunity to be part of the Special Olympics. I volunteered to be a coach to our beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries of MINDS MYG will be participating in Bocce and Soccer. Over the past two months, we have conducted both individual project trainings and combined trainings. It is especially heart-warming to witness our athletes as they put their best foot forward during practices. During these trainings, we have learnt to overcome challenges that were new to us.


Since the functionality of each athlete varies, it becomes crucial for us to divide the beneficiaries accordingly. In all honesty, it is more challenging to conduct practices for the lower-functioning athletes. There are times when we have to chase hyper-active athletes, and other moments when we have to coax athletes who refuse to cooperate. In short, for the challenges encountered, you name it and we must have faced it in one way or another.

I vividly recall coaching an athlete to play Bocce against another participant during a practice. She did not fare as well as the other contestant, but I spotted the determination written all over her face to outperform her opponent. In response, I tried to encourage her by reminding her that the trainings had just begun and she would only get better with practice. She persisted and continued training.


That instance made me realize that our beneficiaries take each and every practice session very seriously. This reaffirmed my decision to volunteer as a coach and to join our beneficiaries on this amazing journey of self-discovery.

If our beneficiaries are fully capable of dedicating and have already dedicated so much effort into this event, who are we to deny them of the opportunity to compete in similar games like normal athletes do?




About the writer

Wan Ling is a 24-year-old Accounts Assistant. She has been volunteering with Ang Mo Kio Project under MINDS MYG since March 2016. Despite being a relatively new volunteer, she volunteered to be a coach for the Special Olympics trainings. She lives by the wise words of her father, the kind begets the kind.


Special Olympics Update - A Dash of Inspiration and Bravery

posted Dec 11, 2016, 2:09 AM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Dec 11, 2016, 2:51 AM ]

A Dash of Inspiration and Bravery

Five... Four… Three... Two... One...  and off they go! An eager row of runners burst out of the blocks with glee and focus written all over their faces as they make their way to the finishing line at the Standard Chartered Marathon’s Kids Dash.


Photo from Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore Facebook page

But, this particular flag off was no ordinary one as we saw some of our very own beneficiaries huff and puff through the roads while the Saturday evening crowd cheered them on enthusiastically and clicked away on their cameras. Notably, amongst these jubilant runners, there was a group which had been zealously training since a few months back - all in the hopes of winning the Special Olympics National Games 2017.


Photo from Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore Facebook page 

I was paired with one such athlete and to have taken the race alongside him, it was an experience which I would undoubtedly remember and savour for the years to come. I was most impressed by the fact that he had only stopped twice to walk and catch his breath, while several others even overtook their coaches as they make it to the finishing line. As the end drew nearer, I gestured profusely to have him raise his arms to signal his triumphant finish but his zeal and determination overcame him so much that he failed to even recognise that he has completed the race. And if one managed to take a shot of him then, many of you would have been as proud as I did to see him beamed so wildly as he crossed the finishing line.

But more than anything, I was inspired; not just by this act of completing the race but also how valiantly these group of athletes strived against all odds to achieve that. I started my volunteering journey when I was 12. Then, what started as a simple game of soccer comprising both abled and people with intellectual disability quickly turned into a valuable lesson for me - that everyone is unique and possess different capabilities to achieve different things, including one-upping several of us in soccer and now, completing a race (and having overtaken their coaches to boot!).

As you come to know us and the community which we have befriended, you will, like me, come to realise that this story is one of the many brave attempts our beneficiaries take on a daily basis. For the fact that the odds are against them, let us salute them for not cowering in the face of adversity. And while they may not make a mark in history for the best game played, or for the fastest person to complete a race, let us salute them for being the bravest.


About the writer

Xiang Hui has been volunteering at Ang Mo Kio Project (one the projects under MINDS MYG) for the past ten years. His passion for sports and volunteering has pushed him to take up the responsibility of training MINDS MYG’s beneficiaries for the upcoming National Games 2017. Together with a team of MINDS MYG volunteers, he is currently carrying out regular trainings for MINDS MYG’s bocce and soccer teams. He believes that with a structured training programme and consistent training, they can help MINDS MYG’s beneficiaries to maximize their potential.

 

CCA Xmas Fair 2016

posted Nov 12, 2016, 10:54 AM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Dec 11, 2016, 2:50 AM ]

Children's Charities Association of Singapore Christmas Fair
Date: 26th Nov 2016, Saturday
Time: 10am to 5pm
Location: Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza


Look out for our MINDS MYG booth and support us!!
CCA XMAS Fair 2016 Floorplan...






MYG VA Activity

posted Oct 8, 2016, 5:15 AM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Nov 23, 2016, 8:21 AM ]

Date: 6 November 2016, Sunday
Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Venue: MINDS HQ @ Level 4
Update: Event has been cancelled...

We are having our second VA activity! There will be fun-filled activities planned for you at the premises of HQ and LGS next door. We need YOU to support us. There will be indoor and outdoor sports and recreational activities.

HQ Level 4 Hall: Badminton
LGS Hall: Captain's Ball
LGS Field: Frisbee
HQ Level 6: Movie Screening & Board Games

Light Refreshments (Finger food & Chilled drinks) will be available at Level 6. Let's come and work out together! Mark the date and time in your calendar!

Rain or Shine, it will happen! (Unless it is cancelled... :( )

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