Ms Malar

Volunteering with RSVP since 2012... 

 

My relationship with RSVP Singapore did not just happen by chance. About four years ago, I met with an accident during a game of golf.  I was thrown out of a buggy which hit a bump, it landed on my spine, breaking it. My screams could be heard from my friends who were playing two flights behind me. What happened after that was a blur to me and when I finally came round, an orthopaedic surgeon delivered bad news: that I only had a 10 per cent chance of walking again. It was hardly comforting to be reminded to be thankful that I could move my bowels and urinate normally. Two months later I was transferred to Thye Hua Kwan Community Hospital. I had intensive physiotherapy, two times a day. The pain was excruciating and at times I felt like giving up. After all, chances of recovery were extremely slim.

The dreaded physiotherapy sessions became easier as my friends, families and even strangers would come up to me to give their encouragement. I had put up a brave front to not let them down. Sometime during Chinese New Year 2012, I felt some sensation in my left toe. Eight months later I could make small steps. Like a baby, I learnt how to walk all over again! Everyone applauded my recovery. I discovered that some of the strangers were actually volunteers at the hospital. They encouraged and cheered me on during therapy.

A friend introduced me to RSVP Singapore - The Organisation of Senior Volunteers. I jumped at the opportunity - it was payback time. I signed up to help seniors like myself and enjoyed leading them in exercise classes. I want to thank the kindred spirits - the volunteers who opened my heart and eyes to a new life. A smile or a kind word of encouragement means a lot to someone in hardship. As long as you have a willing heart, you can heal!

 

Read more on Malar's amazing volunteer journey:

2 August 2015, The New Paper
2 page Feature on RSVP Seniors

 

我与RSVP新加坡的关系并非偶然。大约四年前,我打高尔夫球时遇到了意外事故。电动车因为撞击把我抛了出去,而它还跌落在我的脊椎。当时我的尖叫声可以从远远听到。之后发生的事我已记不清了,当我终于清醒时骨科医生带来了坏消息,那就是,虽然我的身体能够正常排泄物,但是我只有10%行走的机会。两个月后,我被转到了太和观社区医院进行密集的物理治疗,每日两次。有时候疼痛真的让我难以忍受,我好想放弃。毕竟,康复的机会非常渺茫。
    
然而,因为有朋友和家人的支持,可怕的物理治疗变得容易多了,甚至还有陌生人会上前给予我鼓励。为了不让他们失望,我鼓起勇气坚持下去。2012年华人新年的某一天,我感觉到我的左脚尖有一些知觉。八个月后,我终于可以行走了。如同婴儿一般,我学会了如何走路!所有的人都为我喝彩。而我也发现那些为我加油的陌生人原来是医院的志愿者。

在偶然的机缘下我的朋友向我介绍了RSVP新加坡乐龄义工组织。我立马把握了这次机会,是回报的时候了。我参加了丰富乐龄人士生活义工项目,帮助和我一样的的年长者,带领他们锻炼身体。我要感谢那些“陌生人”,是他们赋予了我新的生命,让我加入了义工行业,打开了我的视野。对一个陷入困境的人来说,一个微笑或一句鼓励的话就足够了。只要你有一颗愿意奉献的心,你就可以疗愈他人!