The Bible tells us in Proverbs 19:17 that “…He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.” When we give to the poor, we are really “…storing our treasures in heaven which shall not be plundered or destroyed, providing ourselves purses which do not wear out…” just as Jesus taught in Luke 12:33.
COH Flag Day gives one and all an opportunity to do something meaningful for the less fortunate as well as have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience with friends working as a team for the cause.
The cost of caring for one person with a disability is about S$1,800 a month. Our fees range from S$20 to S$900 based on government means testing and COH fee subsidy, which is determined by the household income of the client.
COH relies heavily on donations from individuals, churches and companies to support its day-to-day operations, and to provide fee subsidies or waivers, and other forms of assistance to client beneficiaries from disadvantaged families.
We need your support whether as volunteer or donor. Prayers and well wishes are also deeply appreciated and very important to us. No matter how small or insignificant you may think your contribution is, what you give is valuable and adds on to the total sum we will raise at the end of the day.
Some Instructions and Advice for Flag Day Volunteers:
- Please bring along your identity card or bus pass. We cannot authorise anyone who has no identification document to help us sell flags.
- Please do not lose your collection bag. If you do, report immediately to the collection centre for further instructions.
- You will be informed of further information through telephone calls and/or mail nearer the Flag Day.
When Requesting for Donations…
- Please make an active effort to approach people, and always approach them with a polite and courteous manner. Do not be insistent.
- You may approach people by saying “Hi, would you like to donate?” or “Please support the intellectually disabled.”
- Please be patient and put on a smile!
- Do not sell flags within MRT stations or shopping centres. You may do so outside their premises.
- Please do not obstruct traffic or the public.
- Please watch out for safety for yourselves and for one another.
- Places that are overly crowded may not be best for donation collection. The response from the public may be better if you station yourself in places where the flow of human traffic is not too heavy or too fast.
For the Benefit of Our Helpers and Donors…
COH in Brief
COH runs a day activity centre for the intellectually disabled and the autistic regardless of race or religion. There are altogether 80 clients who are under our care. They suffer one or more of the following conditions:
- Downs Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Autistic (Youths and Adults)
- Intellectual disabilities
- Multiple disabilities
COH mainly caters to individuals who have nowhere else to go to due to their age, level of functionality and dependency as well as family financial situation. Instead of letting them regress at home, we run programmes to occupy them with meaningful activities and to help them develop social and self-help skills as much as possible.
First published in News Flip 2001