DESPITE being born with Down Syndrome, five individuals from the Penang Down Syndrome Association (PDSA) are out to make the world a more colourful place - via bottle art painting.
For Adrian Choo, 30, Marina Srolich, 32, Winnie Lim, 23, Esther Pau, 21, and Eunice Tew, 21, the chance to express themselves through the bottle art painting is an extremely satisfying moment for them.
With the Christmas celebrations just around the corner, you can certainly count on them to be painting Yuletide-theme artworks on the bottle.
One of the PDSA committee members, Margaret Pau said the satisfying looks on their faces after they completed the painting were priceless.
“It gives them a sense of achievement and it will motivate them to do much better in the future,” said Margaret.
She said painting the bottles provided for them a sense of purpose in life, something which they could look forward to doing.
“In addition to providing them a platform to express their creativity, they will also earn pocket money from the sale of the painted bottles.
“They have been involved in the bottle art painting since 2009, but it was only for the purpose of filling up their time.
“Only starting from this year, we have companies in the perfume business supplying us bottles and paying for the bottles to be painted,” she said.
For each bottle painted, they are paid from 30 sen to RM1, depending on the size of the bottles.
After painting the bottles, they will put their initials on them, so that customers will know the identity of the specific individual behind the artwork.
With the extra money coming, the painters can spend it on their needs.
For Adrian, he will save the proceeds that he gets from the paintings to buy drumsticks.
“I like to play the drums a lot,” he said with a smile on his face.
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