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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... :( )

MYG Family Day 2016

posted Oct 3, 2016, 9:36 AM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Oct 24, 2016, 11:31 AM ]


About

Themed, “A Rainbow Palette”, MINDS MYG Family Day will bring more than 450 beneficiaries, caregivers and volunteers together as they spend a fun-filled day at Gardens by the Bay.

Together with their caregivers and volunteers, our beneficiaries will engage in a scenic walk through the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, as th
ey participate in activities that bring the colourful world of Mother Nature closer to them. 

Navigating the informative and educational domes with a map of activities, beneficiaries will be exposed to the grandeur and beauty of Mother Nature, including environmental awareness and conservation efforts. .

The day will conclude with the entire MINDS MYG family having a mass picnic in the open Gardens.

Unsung Heroes

To ensure an unforgettable experience for all, our Family Day 2016 committee consisting of 7 people worked tirelessly to design the adventure map, and the activities contained within. The committee made multiple trips to the Gardens by the Bay to plan the activities, followed by repeated edition of the adventure map.

Special thanks to our sponsors for Family Day 2016

Finally, the committee of Family Day 2016 would like to extend our utmost gratitude to our sponsors, for sharing their corporate generosity with our MINDS MYG beneficiaries. Indeed, without them, we would not have been able to piece together the many strands of warmth and hospitality to form the “rainbow palette” to make our beneficiaries’ Family Day, a better one.


MYG Training on 24th Sept

posted Sep 12, 2016, 3:40 AM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Sep 14, 2016, 6:27 AM ]

Date: 24 September 2016
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Venue: Lee Kong Chian Gardens School (beside MINDS HQ) - Level 1 Hall
Topics: Understanding Myself to Understand Others
Trainer: Rainbow Centre Training and Consultancy (RCTC)
(Lunch is not provided)

For this session, participants will develop a greater understanding about their personalities, so that they can better work with others. Join us so that we can learn more about ourselves, each other and how to interact with our trainees.

MYG Training on 27th Aug

posted Aug 22, 2016, 9:13 AM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 3:41 AM ]

Date: 27 August 2016
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Venue: MINDS HQ Seminar Room Level 6
Topics: 1) Managing behaviours without punishment and 2) Understanding sexuality and how to respond to inappropriate sexual behaviours.
(Lunch is not provided)

MYG VA Activity

posted Aug 22, 2016, 9:10 AM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 4:19 AM ]

We are having the inaugural VA activity on 21 Aug (Sun), 10.30am to 1.30pm. There will be fun-filled activities planned for you at the premises of HQ and LGS next door. We need YOU to be here to support us in conducting our first run. There will be indoor and outdoor sports and recreational activities. Light refreshments will also be provided! So mark the date and time in your calendar!

Date: 21 Aug (Sun)
Time: 10.30am to 1.30pm
Meeting Place: MINDS HQ Hall @ Level 4
Attire: Sports Attire



MYG Learning Day 2016

posted Apr 22, 2016, 9:35 AM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Jun 8, 2016, 10:56 AM ]

Date: 11th June 2016, Saturday
Time: 9.15AM to 5.15PM
Venue: MINDs HQ, Level 6 Seminar Room



ACID Camp 2016...where the Adventure begins!

posted Apr 22, 2016, 9:25 AM by MINDS MYG   [ updated Oct 3, 2016, 9:32 AM ]


ACID 2016 (Annual Camp for the Intellectually Disabled 2016) 

Date: 4th-5th June 2016
Venue: Pioneer Junior College

About

New experiences, new challenges and new friends - ACID 2016 promises to bring our beneficiaries on journey to explore their limits and challenge themselves.

Through activities like rock climbing and water pedalling, beneficiaries will be exposed to activities that they do not usually come across in their daily lives. Through these activities, we aim to promote a healthier lifestyle amongst our beneficiaries. Most importantly, we hope to create fun and meaningful memories for them through this 2 Days 1 Night camp.

Preparing for ACID 2016

With a committee of 30 members made up of MINDS MYG volunteers and approximately 80 external volunteers from different schools around Singapore, planning and preparation for ACID began in early 2016.



To ensure that our beneficiaries will have an enjoyable experience, we had to test out the rides and activities at Kallang Sports Hub, numerous recces had to be made and props had to made from scratch to stimulate an adventure forest for the night carnival.

For more information, visit our Facebook page.

Special Thanks to our sponsors:

Product sponsors: 



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