As some of you may know, I visited Aunty Jenny and her two sons, Andrew and Andy, last weekend. Followers at Project Awareness may have seen this family before.
Aunty Jenny is taking care of her two disabled sons since birth and the passing of her husband 20+ years ago. Aunty Jenny teared as she tell me of the many times she fell while carrying her 100kg son off and on the bed. Despite getting on with her age, she stayed strong all these years.
A strong willed woman she is, she never once she asked me for help, no matter how hard things go. A walk to the nearest market is 45mins for her and another 45mins on the journey back. But for the sake of her two sons, she has to make at least 2-3 trips a week to buy food and groceries as she is the only person in the family who can walk.
I bought them lunch that weekend, along with groceries to stock up for the week. I sat beside Aunty Jenny as she ate her lunch. After eating about halfway through she stopped eating and packed her food in a container. I asked her why, she says she is already full.
But deep inside I know she is saving it for dinner. That is how she is, dividing her meals into two portions just to thrift, while giving her sons everything they wanted as long as it is within her means. I was heartbroken, yet not wanting to hurt her pride, I kept quiet and chatted with her, telling her jokes to cheer her up. Seeing her smile, is worth a million dollars to me.
Friends at Project Awareness, I am sure many of you may want to help out Aunty Jenny to tide through this. It is a long term project and a life-long commitment for her.
Those who genuinely want to help, can get her food and rations to last her for a week every week so she doesn't have to make the long trip to the market every week, which is affecting her weak legs and body. I am flying off for my Taiwan trip tomorrow and I cant help but worry for them. Sighs. I can still be contacted via my email email@example.com or Facebook inbox message at Project Awareness.
Kindness is everywhere and a little thought can mean so much! Remember to share and walk with us in Project Awareness.
Elson Soh 蘇奕銓
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