Enjoy working with children? So does TANIA GOEL, which is why she volunteers at Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore, making a huge difference in the lives of children with brain injuries.
What’s the organisation’s mission?
To empower persons with cerebral palsy or multiple disabilities to realise their full potential and lead fulfilled, dignified lives.
What do you do there?
I’ve been regularly volunteering at CPAS for over a year now. Last year, I volunteered as a teaching assistant for children in the CPAS Early Intervention Programme for Infants & Children (EIPIC). I visited the class twice a week, helping the students with their activities and meals. This year, I’m supporting the mobility programme, in which I help teenagers with cerebral palsy build confidence by conducting day-to-day tasks such as taking the bus and MRT, buying groceries, asking for help in public settings and ordering food at food courts. I also seek opportunities to volunteer along with my husband, who’s an active supporter and donor, and my kids, who love spending time with the children at CPAS. In November last year, we organised a Children’s Day celebration in my early intervention class and our family had a wonderful time helping and playing with the children.
Why did you choose CPAS to donate your time to?
Being parents of three children, my husband and I were very motivated to support a cause that focuses on the needs of children throughout various stages of life. CPAS stood out for us as a reputable disability organisation in Singapore, supporting and empowering different age groups, from infants all the way to elderly. The staff here welcomed our help with open arms and everyone is very warm and kind.
What do you get out of volunteering for this place?
It’s been a humbling and sobering experience. Spending time with children and teachers there has shown me the strength and importance of human virtues such as kindness, empathy, selflessness and respect. Being part of these kids’ lives and helping them build a successful and happy future makes me feel more closely integrated with Singapore society. The whole experience has given me an enduring sense of fulfilment.
How can somebody get involved?
I recommend reading up about the organisation and reaching out to them for volunteering opportunities, or attending an open house event. CPAS is very active on social media platforms and it shares its upcoming events online. Visiting the organisation in person or attending an event open to the public will definitely help you learn a lot about the various ways you can lend your support.
To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 6585 5602, or visit cpas.org.sg.
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This article first appeared in the May 2019 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!