It all started with this Character Development module where we had to do a compulsory community service of seven hours. So i sourced for a few organisations like Assisi Hospice, HCA Hospice Care. Yes, i searched for hospice intentionally. I, too, think that there are more people who are willing to work with children rather than working with the aged or rather the community that have terminal illnesses. HCA Hospice responded first, with Jacqueline on the phone i think. Assisi Hospice took quite some time for them to respond to me. Mr Max, the volunteer coordinator, then emailed me asking us if we can help them plan an outing for the patients, which i thought was quite interesting. The only problem i had then, was Location. West Coast Park sound like a good place, thus, the committee recce-ed WCP. Though not a very good location, but that was the only place i could think of.
HCA then emailed me a very good location, the AIRPORT! Yes, the patients wanted to visit Terminal 3, as they haven’t got the chance to do so. The Airport is a Wonderful Idea ! So on the 15th May 2008, we recce-ed the Airport !
And so, i came out with the proposal. Tried to insert the pictures into the proposal, but realised i couldn’t send a file that huge ! So i sent the proposal without the pictures. LOL.
After several liasing with HCA Hospice Care’s Day Care Coordinator, Ms Eileen, the committee made a visit to the Hospice. A Hospice is a health-care facility for the terminally ill that emphasizes pain control and emotional support for the patient and family. When we visited the patients there, we realised how NORMAL they looked. Though not an official Community Service, the committee sang for them! I went up to sing the Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars. =)). At that point of time, i was afraid that my class will not sing/cooperate with me during the activities part at the Viewing Gallery.
12 June 2008. The day whereby we conduct our CIP. We were assigned one patient to one student. Initially YaQi was paired up with Mdm Asmah. I changed with her, hoping that will solve the communication problem. YaQi’s english isn’t poor btw, i think she got the same grade as me. Mdm Asmah, during the outing, shared with me that she is a Filipino Muslim who marries a Local Muslim. Some of her relatives were at Phillippines while some are at Britain. She has got nose cancer and brain tumour i think. But i think she is a really strong person. She told me how weak she was in the past with very very poor appetite. But now at lease she can walk! At the viewing gallery, we sang quite a number of songs. I would say that this outing is successful. Though the activities part wasn’t planned very well. =)
I really wish i could go back and help the people at the hospice. If i wait till the next holidays, i’m afraid the ones we met have passed on. Mrs Tan told me the need to get the hospice’s chop on every person’s CIP form two days ago. So yesterday, i made another trip to the hospice. The patients were singing karaoke. I got the forms signed and went back home. =)