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.
There were many times, when Samita was worried if she’d be able to attend the Care2Run Foundation Programme sessions. However, her commitment and dedication allowed her and her mentee to form a genuine bond that’s seen both of them grow.
The activity modules for Care2Run’s Foundation Programme may have been designed with differently-abled children in mind. However, Kok Meng, a parent and volunteer mentor, says he often finds himself enjoying the weekly sessions more than the participants.