Tangle with Heart
by Shannen Fong
Our Campaign Storyends 31 Jan 2016, 11:59 PM
I met 5-year old Mary (not her real name) while volunteering at a home. She wasn’t born mute but she didn’t speak. Her small body showed bruises and cigarette burn marks inflicted by abusive parents. Even as her wounds healed, Mary remained withdrawn, timid and succumbs to frequent emotional melt-downs.
Thankfully, art therapy helped Mary emerge from her cocoon. Slowly but surely, she’s allowing the world to reach out to her and vice versa. There are many more such children in trauma in Singapore who need our help with effective intervention.
That’s what ‘Tangle with Heart’ sets out to do with a series of corporate and public Zentangle workshops to raise funds for The Red Pencil which supports children in trauma via art therapy.
Zentangle focuses on repeat patterning to aid relaxation, enhance mindfulness and concentration. Come Zentangle with us and support children in trauma! Book your tickets at ptix.co/1l5tfQY. For corporate bookings, please contact [email protected]
When we rescue the child, we save the adult
In most cases of traumatic situations, it is too painful to use words.
The Red Pencil is an international humanitarian organisation advocating the use of arts therapy (drawings, music and movement/dance) in its quest to help children and families who are caught in overwhelming life circumstances such as grief, loss, displacement, violence and uncertainty.
With the guidance of volunteering registered arts therapists, children and adults are able to express themselves in a different and meaningful way on what they have been through, on their emotions and on their expectations for the future. This helps them resolve issues, cope with their difficult situations, heal their psychological wounds, re-build their self-esteem and slowly grow into confident human beings again.