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.
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