Home for the visually impaired pulling out all the stops for Sports Day fun


Participants giving their all at St Nicholas Home Sports Day in Jalan Bagan Jermal, Penang. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

ST Nicholas Home (SNH) in Penang resumed its annual Sports Day to give the visually impaired a chance to have some fun.

They participated in games like tug-of-war, shot put, futsal, gunny sack race and running competition.

Sabahan Kelvin Makupi, 22, was grinning from ear to ear after winning the shot put event.

“I underwent training for shot put when I was in school in Sabah.

“I am at SNH to learn massage techniques,” said the visually impaired Kelvin who recorded a throw of 6.7m.

A participant known only as Darma, 38, was seen enjoying himself despite losing in the gunny sack race.

“It was my first time in a gunny sack and I was nervous.

The Red team won the best decorated tent contest with their Iron Man decorations made from recyclables.The Red team won the best decorated tent contest with their Iron Man decorations made from recyclables.

“However, I enjoyed participating in sports events again after two years,” said the orphan who has been in SNH since birth.

The home’s senior social care officer Siti Nor Fatimah Abu Bakar, 39, was with the Red team which won the best decorated tent contest.

“We decided on an Iron Man theme and made decorations from recycled items such as boxes, chopsticks, newspapers and pieces of cloth.

“We had 24 participants in our team including staff and residents who are blind, partially blind and sighted,” she said.

The two games which drew the most cheers were “Heaven Shower” and “Housewife Run”.

In “Heaven Shower”, participants had to pass a container over their heads to fill a bucket.

The group that managed to fill the bucket with the most water was declared the winner.

As for “Housewife Run”, participants had to carry different types of containers and perform tasks while heading to the finishing line.

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