Izzaty agak pendiam pada sesi pertama Care2Run yang dihadirinya Ogos tahun lepas. Namun, selang beberapa minggu, dia semakin selesa kerana sudah mengenali rakan-rakan sekelilingnya, dan kerap tersenyum ketika bersama mereka.
Apabila kami berborak, memang tidak disangka anak muda ini baru berumur 15 tahun. Dia bijak mengambil hati orang sekelilingnya dengan karakternya yang konfiden dan kelakar, lebih-lebih lagi apabila kami berborak tentang topik kegemarannya: kumpulan nasyid Raihan dan Rabbani, hobinya iaitu menari dan lebih-lebih lagi, Care2Run.
The first gathering of the group that would eventually become Care2Run was held at pioneer team member Steve’s home. And he recalls now, how all those involved at that first meeting were determined to make a difference.
The past couple of years have been challenging for Sanjiivan, his mum Uma says. Having lived in Brunei for many years, 16-year-old Sanjiivan found it hard when the family decided to return to Malaysia in 2017. And what made matters worse, Uma, a teacher of over 20 years, explains, is that Sanjiivan had few friends here. Joining the Care2Run Foundation Programme, however, has been a lifesaver of sorts.
Few people understand the challenges dads and mums of differently-abled children face. On the surface, of course, parents are concerned about their children’s development. However, there is, often, also anxiousness and gloom when parents feel like they’re struggling on their own. Finas, a mum to three young children, says this is why she’s so grateful to have stumbled upon Care2Run.