Originally published in Handicaps' Digest - September/October 1998 'Surprise' Showing

Chin Sin and Steven win awards in Asean art contest.

TWO members of the Handicaps Welfare Association have won awards in the First Asean Art Competition for the Disabled.

Mr Ong Chin Sin took the third prize and Mr Steven Hooi the consolation in the contest hosted by Brunei Darusalum.

"It's my first go at an international competition and I'm very happy the effort has paid off," said Mr Ong, accompanied by son Teck Hee and daughter Stephanie, a secretary.

An amateur painter and cartoonist, his winning painting in colour-pencil showed a group of HWA members at a picnic.

He received a plaque, a certificate and a cash award of B$200.

Mr Hooi, also a self-taught artist, sent in two water-colours, a winter scene and a thrush perched on a flowering shrub.

"I took part in the contest for the fun of it and didn't expect to win any prize," he said, as daughter Wendy, a secretary, looked on proudly. She had taken time off from her office to share in his honour.

The HWA artists received their awards from Mr Ron Chandran-Dudley, the guest of honour at a ceremony in the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry auditorium in Hill Street on Sep 4.

The prize-presentation coincided with the opening of the exhibition of calligraphy by artist Ellie Koh to raise funds for the Disabled People's Association.

One of her pieces, 100 versions of the character Longevity, was auctioned for $4,000 and bought by HWA member Alan Ho, a businessman.