Photo comp: Wong Xiang Yu, Malaysia
Wong Xiang Yu
Award Level:
Silver
Favourite memory of the Award:
Honestly biking with some young people living with autism was definitely my favorite memory since it really opened my eyes to the fact that they aren't even different. We're all just the same kids who go through our own interesting lives. And having the chance to learn so much through social interaction really made me feel a new level of empathy for those living with a disability and a whole other level of understanding. Breaking the stigma and crude narratives.
Age:
15
Biggest challenge from doing the Award:
For sure the COVID-19 pandemic. Prevented me from doing any outdoor activities for a while. But I tried my best to compensate for this by doing my challenges through online calls instead of outside. Putting in this extra effort to continue online was difficult but over time it slowly integrated into my life anyways.
Country:
Malaysia
Have you continued any of your Award activities? If so, what:
Yes! I have actually continued pursuing all of my challenges. Recently bought a new bike, joined RipTide basketball Club, and continue to prepare for my Drum Kit Exam.
Tell us the story behind your photo:
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Shanghai, China my Duke of Edinburgh service has actually been closed down for the time being. Essentially it was biking weekly with autistic children for the Blue Ribbon Star Association and forming bonds with the disabled--yet learning they aren't even that different from us! However, we cannot meet with the kids since it's not exactly safe to bike with so many people yet. So I decided to bring along some friends and bike the original route extended by a few KM to test my endurance since it's really been a while since I've gone out biking since the lockdown. The photo here shows the sunset, and we were taking a water break (I'm the kid on the red bike). I am currently going out biking in preparation for the actual event to start so I can keep pace with the kids and make sure I don't tire out and have the strength to converse with them during the ride.
Award Role:
Participant