To show their support for children with autism, YK Pao School’s swim team attended a special charity event in Hongqiao on April 1. Using group activities and play, Pao School’s students helped autistic children overcome their fear of water, train body and mind, learn basic swimming techniques and most of all, have fun!
Initially, students were unsure of how they would approach this teaching task, but over time, they were able to put aside their reservations and anxiety, fully committing themselves to teaching and demonstrating swimming skills they had learned. Amidst the joy and laughter, each student learned to show concern for others and whole-heartedly hopes that each autistic child, with the care and support of the community, will be able to make their way into the world and thrive.
This event was not only the school’s response to World Autism Awareness Day – it was also a way to bring greater awareness to the community at large. The more we show our love every day, open our minds and share knowledge, the more likely we will be able to change the fate of children stricken with autism.
Pao School’s annual ‘Founder’s Challenge’ competition will be launching during Dragon Boat Festival. This year, Pao School will hold a ‘Swim for Love’ competition in honour of the athletes from organisations for children with autism: Starwalker swim team and Rainbow Mama Workshop. The competition will give Pao School students the chance to not only raise funds for charity and show their support but also experience the joy of sports, challenge themselves and build strength and confidence.
This June, Pao School will swim and challenge the world for change!