Events

Youths at Play @ Playnation

After their first outing as a group, our BTSS youths powered up and organised a second outing on 28 December 2020.  This time, they decided on an afternoon of gaming at Playnation @ Scape in Orchard.  The 10 youths split into 2 groups and met up at Orchard MRT before proceeding to the gaming haven where you could indulge in electronic games, as well as, good old board games.

One of the participants Qin Han shared the following :

“The afternoon at Playnation was pretty fun . They had a wide selection of games that we enjoyed. The free flow snacks was nice as well. Personally liked Mario kart and Mario party, as more players are able to be involved. Wouldn’t mind coming back again. Their baked rice dishes items aren’t that great. Would suggest eating elsewhere first if possible.”

Let’s hope the COVID19 situation will improve and our youths could organise more activities in 2021!

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Kampong Tour 5 Dec 2020

A nostalgic walk into the days before HDB flats became the standard of housing in Singapore awaited 5 BTSS families on the cherry morning of 5 Dec 2020.  Led by Mr Yap of Let’s Go Tours, we discovered the last surviving kampong in Singapore – Kampong Lorong Buangkok.  This village is smacked in the middle of modern developments but once you enter it, you are greeted with a kind of serene and laidback feel.  Through the 2 hour tour, the engaging Mr Yap fed us with history of the area and offered insights into the villagers’ life while we walked through the village.  To let us immerse in kampong life, we played old school games like zero point and marbles.  For majority of the kids in our tour, it was the first time playing them, and everyone had fun!  To round off the tour, we were invited to a Muslim home and treated to homemade ice pops (the traditional one whereby they are made by tying a rubber band at the end of the plastic bag) – a first for many too!

Despite the social distancing rules we had to observe, I really enjoyed the tour and am so thankful to see the other BTSS families again.

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BTSS x Solaris Games Day 7 Sep 2020

A group of student volunteers from Hwa Chong Institution turned an otherwise quiet September school holiday fun for our young BTSS members.  On 7 September 2020, 9 of our children participated in a virtual games event specially designed by the volunteers.  Through the games, they went around the world, challenged one another in a “Where’s Wally?” type of hunt and mused over the varied riddles thrown at them.  As an observer of the event, I found myself having fun and felt like a kid all over again.  Big THANK YOU to Ian, Bingyan, Dylan, Wen Yao and Yi Zhong!

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Be a Mathemagician!

BTSS was privileged to have coach Priya spend a morning with 10 of our kids on 21 May 2020 over ZOOM video conferencing.  It was a break from this unique lull school holiday season.  In over an hour, coach Priya showed and taught the kids the mathematics behind a trick.  Even though this was the first time that a BTSS kids event has been held virtually, there was little hiccups and everyone participated actively.  It was a productive morning and the kids can’t wait for their second session with coach Priya next week!  Thank you coach Priya for sharing your love for BTSS!

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Telephone Support Group – 18 April 2020

We will be having our fourth session of BTSS Telephone Support Group meeting this Saturday, 18 April, at 9 a.m.  If you would like to join us, please let us know via phone 8738 5669 or email [email protected]  This will be a good platform for all newly diagnosed patients to connect to our community.

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Healthy Diet & Lifestyle Workshop – 7 March 2020

With COVID-19 precautionary measures put in place, BTSS invited Shilpi Mohanty, a holistic health and wellness coach to share her knowledge and experience with us. We were inspired to make simple changes to our diet, personal care and even breathing techniques to improve our well-being. Thank you so much Shilpi for enlightening us this morning 😊

 

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Support Group Meeting – 11 Jan 2020

BTSS first support group meeting for 2020 saw a larger than expected turn out that we had to move to the open space outside our normal meeting room.
After a robust discussion about diet and coping with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, attendees were excited to hear from BTSS President about the new treatment options that will soon be available for GBM patients.
The meeting closed with several members signing up for the telephone support groups that BTSS will be implementing in February.  Please call BTSS office if you would like to be included in our new telephone support groups that will connect and support homebound patients and caregivers on a fortnightly basis.

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BTSS Christmas Party 2019

BTSS Christmas Party 2019 was a joyous occasion which saw a record turnout of more than 100 beneficiaries, volunteers and friends at KKH Staff Lounge on 14 Dec 2019. From 9 am, enthusiastic volunteers put up decorations and set up the tables and presents. We had 2 parallel events running – a children’s party that was led by the amazing volunteers from the NUS Community Service Club and the other by energetic Karishma who soon had everyone engaged and laughing together.  A big THANK YOU to Disney Singapore for the generous donation of merchandise.  Each child went home happily with a bag of surprises!  Special thanks to Smyth, Nam and some volunteers who blessed gifts for everyone, including delicious home-baked cookies.   It is so wonderful to see our BTSS family growing in size and even closer to each other as we work together on various programmes and advocacy projects for the betterment of our community.

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Christmas Shopping with Morgan Stanley – 6 Dec 2019

The season of love and giving came early for 20 BTSS pediatric beneficiaries on 6th December. Volunteers from our corporate sponsor Morgan Stanley spent an afternoon playing Santa Claus and Santarina when they brought their young charge Christmas shopping at Vivocity. Each volunteer was paired with a beneficiary. Though it was the first time meeting the beneficiaries, the enthusiastic volunteers quickly won over the hearts of our beneficiaries. Knowing that their children were in good hands, our parents were able to relax during the shopping session. Faces of our kids beamed with delight as the volunteers indulged in their wishes. The group proceeded to Pizza Hut for food and drinks after the shopping. It was such a joy to see our beneficiaries interacting with the volunteers and amongst themselves. We hope the volunteers enjoyed themselves as much as our beneficiaries did. Thank you Morgan Stanley for spreading the Christmas cheer to us!

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NUSSCSC Grant A Wish – 26 Oct 2019

Our kids met up for the second time with the student volunteers from NUS Students’ Community Club Service for the wish engagement activities at KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital on 26 Oct 2019.  Despite the air conditioning system not working at the Staff Lounge, the kids had fun engaging in craft activities where they made gifts for children from another organisation.  To give is always a blessing which we hope our kids will learn to appreciate.

The finale of this program will happen on 14 December, which is also our Christmas Party!  Watch out for the announcement!

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