Shedding light on arthritis in fun way

Singam (second from left) being led by his teammates while being blindfolded with six eggs around his neck during one of the challenges.

NG CHENG Sin was glad she attended the Negri Sembilan Arthritis Society’s (PANS) treasure hunt held in Seremban Lake Gardens recently.

The 22-year-old from Mantin was among the more than 90 patients, their family members and Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital (TJH) staff who took the opportunity to participate in the event to learn about arthritis and its effects on the patients.

The eight stations comprised drawing a flag with group logo, solving a word puzzle, fishing letters of the alphabet to form a good value word, pushing toy balls in pipes, testing memory with pictures, weighing water in sponges, building a structure and checking the team’s height with a smile.

Cheng Sin, who was active as a Malaysian Red Crescent Society (PBSM) member at SMJK Chan Wa five years ago, is now working as an auditor.

“My mother Ho Pui Keat, 52, is an arthritis patient and has been sending her for her therapy sessions at HTJ for the past three years.

“Today’s programme taught me the importance of teamwork, especially when I was blindfolded with six fresh eggs hung around my neck and guided by two others.

“The aim was to give us a feel on how a blind person is part of the team and we have to guide him to reach our next treasure hunt station.

“We enjoyed building a ‘house’ with 10 tooth picks and jelly beans,” she said.

Another participant, 50-year-old R. Singam, has been undergoing occupational therapy for the past two years for his trigger finger condition at HTJ.

The Visual Arts Education (PSV) teacher said, “When we are young, we have to exercise regularly, control our body weight and reduce fat and sugar intake to prevent health problems.

“As the saying goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’ as it is better to go for regular medical examinations to avoid serious illnesses.

“With this in mind, practising a healthy lifestyle can save us a lot on unnecessary medical bills in our later age.”

The treasure hunt consisted of 10 groups where the top three winners were Pink, Orange and Green who received their prizes at the end of the four hour event.

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