The team of volunteers, led by Brintha a/p Muniandy, partnered with licensed counsellor Tan Swek Huey and project manager Michaelina Chua from the NCS, had invited a few children who had battled with cancer such as leukemia and sarcoma to join in life-celebrating activities throughout the weekend.
On Saturday 16th December, members of the MRC and signed up volunteers gather at President’s Square as early as 8am. Soon after, they reach the NCS Melaka branch at Jalan Ong Kim Wee. The team quickly set up their “Magic Jungle” themed decorations for the kids, with help from volunteers of the NCS themselves.
Once all the children had arrived, they were invited to the whimsical room and took a spot on the floor mat. Around 10.30am, the play that the MRC had arranged begun. The volunteers hid behind a table and brought a puppet show to life. In case if you’re wondering, it was about animals in a magical jungle. It was interactive and it was fun, the children enjoyed watching it. They get to play with the character puppets afterwards while the team set up for the next activity.
At 12 noon, the session ended. Kids and the members were given snacks while they appreciate the art they have created. After taking photos and chit-chats with the kids along with their parents, the volunteers went back with a promise for an extra-fun day planned for tomorrow.
The next day, everyone involved arrived as early as 10am at Dataran Pahlawan Megamall. After gathering with the NCS facilitators and participating parents, the volunteers guided their assigned child around the 3D Illusion Museum. They posed for photos and even get to experience augmented reality in a projecting room.
After everyone had their shares of exploring, the kids were invited outside and presented with special gifts. The fun doesn’t end there. Around 11.30, they went to Baba’s Message to do something unique. The kids were given post cards, crayons, and the creative freedom to write on it and send it to their family.
At 12 in the afternoon, the programme was coming to an end. They had a quick and delicious lunch at Stations Café and gathered one last time near the restaurant. The volunteers took pictures with all the children and the gifts they received, thanked the parents that came and gave an end to a successful and memorable two-day experience.
By Nur Amira