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Mdm Kamala
Year of Birth: 1944
Lions Befrienders

Loneliness may be one of the worst feelings for seniors. For Kamala, she feels more lonely as she ages. Widowed and with her family residing overseas, Kamala used to spend most of her days holed up at home watching television.

Kamala was seriously injured after a fall and her temporary loss of independence forced her to further reduce her social interactions. Thankfully, Lions Befrienders, a social service agency supported by Community Chest that reaches out to seniors at risk of social isolation, helped her to reintegrate into the community after her discharge.

The care and support she received inspired her to help other seniors like her. When loneliness hit the elderly hard during the circuit breaker and social visits were halted, Kamala stepped forward to look out for her elderly neighbour by buying her food and ensuring her well-being.

Volunteers of Lions Befrienders continue to visit Kamala weekly and monitor her welfare. Matched to a digital volunteer, Kamala has since learned to use a smartphone to keep in touch with her family.

Low Wee Kiat
Year of Birth: 1997

Born with cerebral palsy, Wee Kiat is not able to walk or run. However, disability is no obstacle to him in pursuing his aspirations.

After his studies at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore, Wee Kiat was referred to the sheltered workshop at SPD, an organisation supported by Community Chest that serves persons with disabilities, to equip him with skills and improve his employability. With the support from the workshop, he found a good fit in computer-based work and often stepped forward to help fellow trainees with simple IT troubleshooting.

Through the workshop, Wee Kiat overcame his fears of using a motorised wheelchair. With his newfound independence, he looks forward to buying his meals and going on outings with his family and friends. The confidence that Wee Kiat has built up over time encourages him to take on new challenges.

Once a person with low self-esteem, Wee Kiat now aspires to bring positive impact to people with disabilities by sharing his experiences. He is also working towards his goal of securing employment in an IT-related setting in the mainstream workforce.

Stiven Willi Sim
Year of Birth: 2010
Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)

Children are inquisitive by nature and Stiven is no exception. However, he struggled with not being able to communicate his curiosity with others.

At the age of 8, Stiven’s persistent aversion to speaking up and trying new things was worrying. He was later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Stiven often shied away from attention, preferring to make requests by gesturing instead of speaking, and rejected doing tasks. To help Stiven realise his potential, he was enrolled into MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School (LGS), a special education school supported by Community Chest.

Being a competent and capable child, the programmes provided by LGS boosted his academic progress and enabled him to verbalise his requests and interact with his peers.

On Stiven’s journey of discovering the world, he has explored horse-riding with the Riding for the Disabled Association and now excels in it after overcoming his initial fear.

Mdm Yohanna Abdullah
Year of Birth: 1967

Getting help for mental health conditions can be difficult, but no one should have to struggle through it alone. Yohanna developed Bipolar Disorder when she faced marital and financial challenges. She experienced manic episodes and was hospitalised multiple times at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

There was light at the end of the tunnel when she discovered Club HEAL, an organisation supported by Community Chest that assists and empowers people with mental health conditions. In the warm and supportive environment, she found renewed hope and strength to recover.

As a Rehab Executive and Content Specialist, Yohanna now inspires others like her to express their thoughts and emotions through the arts. She has written five books on mental health and contributes to the HEAL Newsletter. Having travelled the rocky road, she believes that “life is a rollercoaster, you just have to ride it”.


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