ST 12 Days of Christmas Surprises: Day 11 winner is grateful for strong family support

The Day 11 winner of the inaugural The Straits Times 12 Days of Christmas Surprises contest is Madam Siti Nor'aini Abdul Samat. -- ST GRAPHIC
The Day 11 winner of the inaugural The Straits Times 12 Days of Christmas Surprises contest is Madam Siti Nor'aini Abdul Samat. -- ST GRAPHIC

Like other parents who have kids with special needs, Madam Siti Nor'aini Abdul Samat, 43, is an extremely busy mum.

She juggles work as a part-time clinic assistant as well as taking care of her two youngest children.

Adam Ismail, 18, is wheelchair-bound and suffers from cerebral palsy. His sister, Siti Namira, 17, has a learning disability and is a student at Grace Orchard School in Jurong West.

With her security-officer husband, Mr Ismail Adbul Rahman, 51, and their eldest daughter, Siti Nadiah, 21, a trainee teacher, helping to run the household, Madam Siti Nor'aini is thankful for having such strong family support.

That was why she wrote in to The Straits Times 12 Days Of Christmas Surprises contest "to show that I am thankful and appreciative of their support".

As Day 11 winners of the contest, they have won a Philips 3D Blu Ray 5.1 Smart TV home theatre system.

She said the family work closely and everyone helps to take care of Adam.

Madam Siti goes to work at 7.30am before returning at 10.30am. Meanwhile, Mr Ismail will take care of Adam and leaves at 7pm for his nigh-shift work.

Siti Nadiah helps out with cooking and caring for her brother when her parents are not around.

Madam Siti Nor'aini is especially proud of her youngest child, Siti Namira.

"She helps out with household activities and even accompanies my son when the rest of the family is out," she said.

She is also happy to win the home theatre system as it will enhance the viewing experience for Adam, a TV junkie.

The contest is part of The Straits Times Appreciates Readers (Star) series to reach out to readers and the community.

Together with our presenting partner Standard Chartered, we are giving prizes to a reader a day over 12 days.

Participants are required to tell us in not more than 40 words: "Why my loved one or I deserve to get a gift from The Straits Times."

The contest ends at noon today (Dec 23).

navinsre@sph.com.sg

To check out other readers' entries, please go to www.straitstimes.com/st-christmas-2013