Rowing blindfolded towards a good cause

Financial consultant Andrea Bein (at right), 33, and Singapore Management University student Ong Hui Xin, 23, paddling down the Kallang River in a dragon boat while blindfolded yesterday afternoon. The activity was part of the See The True Me campaig
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Financial consultant Andrea Bein (at right), 33, and Singapore Management University student Ong Hui Xin, 23, paddling down the Kallang River in a dragon boat while blindfolded yesterday afternoon. The activity was part of the See The True Me campaign led by the National Council of Social Service that aims to raise awareness about people with disabilities, allowing for a better understanding of their lives among the public. Ms Ong, who has bilateral retinal blastoma, was among eight people with visual disabilities who signed up for the activity, along with nine members of the public. It is her second time doing dragon boating. Ms Bein was one of the members of the public who signed up. She has done dragon boating before. She said of the experience: "It's very different because... you can't see where you are going, you can't see your partners' movement. So it's all based on hearing the commands and feeling the movement of the boat. "It was very challenging because you have to really listen out for the commands. It's a very good experience."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 22, 2017, with the headline 'Rowing blindfolded towards a good cause'. Print Edition | Subscribe