A day of fun and frolic in the sun
By THO XIN YI
THE weather was just nice - not too sunny or too cloudy - for a day out under the sun to play games and interact with each other.
About 200 people, comprising those with intellectual disabilities and their family members, gathered at the field next to the 3K Complex in SS13, Subang Jaya recently for a Family Day.
A novelty: A special person trying his hand at playing golf at the Family Day.
It was organised by the Special Olympics Selangor (Sosgor) for the families to spend some time together and get away from their busy schedules.
"This is the perfect time for families with special children to meet and exchange experiences while fostering family ties," said organising chairman Christine Foo.
"Besides, we are also helping the special people lead a fuller and more meaningful life by involving themselves in the activities," she added.
Among the games held were golf, bocce (lawn bowling), shifting marbles with forks and token throwing.
The special people clearly enjoyed themselves by participating in the games. They queued up patiently and strived to perform their best when it was their turn.
The parents, who were manning the booths, guided them in playing the games and had nothing but words of encouragement for them.
The special people who successfully completed their tasks had smiles on their faces.
There was also a body-painting booth and those interested could choose their favourite design from a book and have it painted on their body.
Artistic: A volunteer painting a flower on a participant's hand at the body-painting booth.
Salwah Sulaiman, whose 15-year-old son Ahmad Syahir is a slow learner, said the event was good for them.
Something new: The crowd at the Family Day waiting for their turn to play bocce.
"I will also support any event organised by Sosgor in the future," said the housewife who was there with her husband and three other children.
Subang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng, officiated at the family day.
"This kind of gatherings encourage parents to bring along their special children for a fun time. It is not fair that special people are just kept at home. They need exposure as well," he said.
The family day was sponsored by The Chicken Rice Shop, Diamond Water, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Jimmy Lim, Persatuan Kanak-kanak Istimewa Kajang and Malaysian Care.
Sosgor was formed in 2001 with the aim of providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Those who wish to donate to Sosgor can contact Kong Lan Lee at 03-8736 6385.
Click Source: Star Online Wednesday September 12, 2007