For the past 36 years, Madam Emalin Rom, 71, has been the sole caregiver to her three adult children who have special needs.
Never once did she expect to be lauded for what she considers to be her duty as a mother.
But her tireless dedication to her children was recognised on International Women’s Day yesterday at the Sembawang GRC Women’s Festival, where she won the Loving Caregiver award.
“It is quite challenging to take care of them, but as a mother, I cannot give up. It takes a lot of love and patience, but they are not a burden – they bring a lot of joy to me and make me smile every day,” said Madam Emalin, a retired telecommunications operator whose husband died eight years ago.
Her youngest child, 34, and 36-year-old twins have autism.
Madam Emalin was one of four winners, picked from a pool of 40 nominated women, at the event at Kampung Admiralty yesterday. She was nominated by her neighbour.
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