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Two men receive SPD Youth Aspiration Award

Published on Jan 12, 2014 8:41 AM
 
Winners Samuel Lim, 15 (left), who has a permanently damaged tongue, throat and vocal cords, and Mr Victor Wong, 21, who has cerebral palsy, at yesterday's Youth Aspiration Award event. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

His transformation into Red Ranger - the leader of popular children's cartoon Power Rangers - started six years ago.

Mr Victor Wong, then 15, had a friend who donned the red suit to fulfil the wishes of a 10-year-old child with final-stage cancer.

Now, the 21-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, dons the outfit himself to entertain other physically challenged children, striking poses for photographs and bringing some fun into their lives. He also takes part in cosplay - a costume-based performance art - competitions.

The final-year infocomm and network engineering student at Temasek Polytechnic was yesterday awarded the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) Youth Aspiration Award for his performance art.

 
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A special feeling

"Kids like us, we are special. We tend to live our lives more colourfully - we have more hardships, but also double the rewards when we achieve things we couldn't before."

MR VICTOR WONG, who has cerebral palsy

Language of music

"Music helps Samuel socialise in school and bond with his friends through a common language."

MR LIM BOON KEONG, father of Samuel Lim, who has a damaged tongue, throat and vocal cords