It was heartening to know that a group of Cambridge A-Level students chose to dedicate their free time aside from their studies to contribute to this year’s edition of Project Teddy.
19 scholarship holders from DISTED College’s Pre-University programme participated in the project which included visits to Hospital Seberang Jaya and Hospital Pulau Pinang during their recent semester break on August 5 & 6.
Earlier, the team had painstakingly collected hundreds of soft toys, washed and refurbished them carefully before packing them as gifts for the paediatric patients of both hospitals.
Joy Chu, who participated in both visits, said that it was really touching to know that the hours devoted to cleaning, fluffing and packing the toys made the day of all the sick children, including their siblings.
“It’s really good to take time to stop and see how we can bless others; when you make a little kid smile, you will also feel their happiness,” she added.
For Elsa Chew, the project taught her to be more grateful for her life and the people around her. She vowed to give back to the community more often, as “it was all worth it at the end to see how little things in life can make a difference in the children’s lives”.
Many other students who participated in Project Teddy also echoed the same sentiments on their involvement in the initiative. It was a good learning experience for Chan May Wen who picked up needlework skills while mending and decorating the toys and for Elizabeth Ong, who declared that it was one of the most productive semester breaks she had ever had.
Tan Siew Ping and Angela Seow Yu Ean both expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to spread happiness to others in a meaningful way and brightening the lives of the children they met on the visits.
Student Nicole Ann agreed that the project was a meaningful one as it not only brought happiness to the children but also gave them hope and courage to fight against their illnesses.
Together with project advisor and founder, Datin Helen Lim Pin Lean, the students distributed the soft toys and packed goodies of foodstuff to the young patients in Hospital Seberang Jaya on August 5 and Hospital Pulau Pinang on August 6.
The students were also accompanied by DISTED staff and lecturers, Puan Norhiza Mohamed Noor, Mrs Siew Gaik Allen, Ms Diana Quah, Dr Low Khee Lam and Ms Lee Lei Yong on the visits.