The Befrienders programme is run by Amanda Ng sibling of Amelia Ng who has a rare genetic condition.
Amanda was awarded the exemplary sibling award in 2018 and has been volunteering with RDSS since then. She strongly believes in advocating the next generation and have given talks to Unis, Jcs and secondary schools sharing her personal journey with her younger sister.
“Siblings out there, we see you!”
Together with other siblings, Amanda trains the Be-frienders presenting skills and public speaking skills to help plan event for the kids programme.
Be-Frienders have been involved in planning events online during the covid for the kids programme. We had a gaming session planned in 2020 June for the younger siblings. Be-frienders helped to plan and facilitated the whole event. The name of the event, “Coming alongside” was to help cease the kids during circuit breaker and have fun during the May holidays. The event was a great success!
Besides event planning, theBefrienders will gather for a time of fun and fellowship. We had a fun time out in Dec 2020 where the be-frienders had a time of gaming at PlayNation. In 2021, 2 of our be-frienders played a time of online games where they could practise their event planning skills in a closed and safe environment.
“Befrienders has helped me tremendously in terms of social and leadership skill. With the many opportunities to lead and to interact, my ability of empathize with others has improved. My relationship with Jovic (Jodie’s brother who has a genetic condition) has improved as now I can understand his situation better through learning from others. I used to not understand him so I distant myself from him but now I do make an effort to interact with himBefrienders also helped me get to know many many inspiring and interesting people with similar background. Most importantly, befrienders has taught me the value of being a good sibling and being supportive to others with similar background”
Jodie Ang (15 years old)