CHILD SPONSORSHIP | The Launch Worthy of Celebration
Bing loves to communicate and so often what he wants to express is joy! Greetings and goodbyes from Bing come with a smile or a wave but he is most known for his round of applause. When he achieves something worth celebrating or is just delighted by an activity or situation Bing claps his hands: it really is like a round of applause. This never fails to bring delight to the staff who get to witness his celebratory claps. Bing is part of our education programme, our therapy classes and family circle times, so the number of people under Bing’s sphere of influence is quite large. That’s not to mention his video presence at our Black Tie and Fuzzy Slippers Ball that reached the UK, Netherlands, USA, Canada and Australia. Bing is an influencer in the art of celebrating and his gift is appreciated.
Growing up in ICC
15-year-old Bing has had his share of challenging times. He came into ICC’s care in 2009 after a brief stay at the government welfare centre. He has gone through the loss of his birth family, faced surgery, learnt to communicate without words and mastered wheelchair mobility. Bing remains positive about his life and is the kind of guy who isn’t shy to share his triumphs, and that is endearing. No matter how small, be it knocking down tenpin bowling bottles or being greeted at the start of class he openly celebrates
This week Bing had something he was particularly proud of that he wanted to share. He got my attention in the corridor as I was coming out of one of the children’s homes. He doesn’t talk but knows how to get his point across, so I followed him back to his home.
Bing is one of seven boys who live in the Skylark Home located on the fourth floor of ICC’s Hengyang Care Centre. He took me through the living room, and into his bedroom where his carer explained that he had been practising something. Bing parked his wheelchair next to his bed, he undid his safety belt with a little help, and reaching for his grab rail launched himself into bed. He landed face first, but I could still see Bing’s famous smile. He demonstrated getting into bed and then with a little more control transferred back into his chair. He’d done it but this time he didn’t clap himself, he waited for us to do that! We were obviously thrilled to oblige. Two of his big brothers had come to visit from the Sunbird home down the corridor and joined the applause. Nothing like the approval of big brothers!
Setting the milestones for each child
Learning to get in and out of bed on your own is quite a landmark. It was a goal set at Bing’s person-centred meeting last year. Personal goals are great to achieve and even more meaningful and special when you get to celebrate the outcomes with others.
ICC aims to empower the children to achieve their potential and we trust that Bing will continue to do that with his physical goals and also his abilities to influence others as he celebrates the small and big achievements in life.
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