BSC KUCHING: On 10 August 2019, the Chinese Sunday School which is under the Bible and Faith Formation Ministry, organised a visit to the Sarawak Society for the Deaf (SSD) from 8:30am to 12:00pm. There were about 77 participants including Sunday school facilitators, students and parents.

The event aimed to increase awareness of our students, parents and teachers of the culture, life and language of the deaf community and to inculcate in them a caring and respectful attitude towards everyone they meet, especially those from different backgrounds.

The event commenced with an introduction by SSD Manager, Ernest Ting assisted by his translator Joanna Wong, followed by a talk on Deaf Awareness. From the talk, participants were able to get a better understanding of the needs of our deaf brothers and sisters and also learnt how to communicate effectively with them. There were quiz and Q&A sessions after the awareness talk. Ernest then taught the participants Basic Sign Language. The participants were excited and eagerly learnt the sign language of alphabets and numbers.

Having concluded the talk and sign language, the participants and SSD staff took group photos for remembrance. The Chinese Sunday school treasurer, Irence Kuek then presented a token donated by parents to the SSD chairwoman, Wenderine Koo. Tokens of appreciation were also extended to each SSD staff. This was followed by tea break arranged by the Sunday School Facilitators.

With a full stomach, participants nevertheless felt  energetic to help the SSD community with some chores. The parents and youngsters helped with tending the vegetables garden and sweeping & moping the floor, while the senior students helped with the car washing service.

Having accomplished the tasks, the participants bid farewell to SSD feeling bountiful, after having spent the morning meaningfully.

By Maria Wong
Photos: Vincent Lee