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48 Singaporean Seconds: If I can do it, why not?

Published on Jul 12, 2013 8:24 PM
 

Singapore celebrates its 48th birthday on Aug 9, and to tie in with this, The Straits Times Photo Desk has put together 48 Singaporean Seconds, an audio-visual tribute to Singaporeans who have made this little red dot their home.

We are releasing their stories and videos in the next few weeks. In the fourth instalment of our series, we talk to Miss Kara Mo, who is born with cerebral palsy.

Kara Mo, 21, workshop trainee

Miss Kara Mo, 21, was born with cerebral palsy and spends her days making paper bags at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore's workshop.

Miss Kara Mo, 21, was born with cerebral palsy and spends her days making paper bags at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore's workshop. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

The charity runs a special education school and other services for those who are afflicted with the brain disorder, which affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills.

While spending five hours every day folding and gluing paper bags may not sound exciting to most people, it allows Miss Mo to be as able as anyone else.

For her, job satisfaction comes from being able to do her work well so that her supervisors are proud of her. "That is the most important," she says.

She also likes how working allows her to make friends and feel responsible.

She admits that her first day at work was tough because she had to learn to get along with her colleagues.

She avoids mentioning words like "suffering" and "disability", and looks forward to taking on new challenges.

"If I can do it, why not?" she says.

- Photos and videos by The Straits Times Picture Desk