Aunty Yau Sin and I

Last Saturday, I gave a motivational talk that exceeded an hour, at Jalex Group of Companies at their Shah Alam office. Aunty Yau Sin is the General Manager of Jalex, and she invited me to speak before the audience of around forty employees.

This group of people consisted of mature working adults from several age groups. In order for everybody to relate with me, I picked a topic that would resound with everyone present – strength.

Aunty Yau Sin introducing me to the audience

I began with telling the tale of my childhood family challenges that followed after my father’s brain hemorrhage and how the experience trained me to be strong. Next, I spoke about how the lesson of strength I learned as a child was tested in my adolescence and adulthood. I also spoke about how I became the author and motivational speaker I am today despite living with Neurofibromatosis, and the impact of my work on society.

Some members of the group shed tears, as they identified with my life story, mission and passion.

It’s hard capture the essence of my talk in writing. You need to be there and listen to me in person, because when I give talks in person, I do so with my heart and with the audience’s best interest in mind.

Photo with a few attendees

Perhaps, one way to gauge how well the audience received my talk is by the amount of books and t-shirts sold. A total of RM1,265.00 was earned from selling my books and tees. Several married individuals in the audience gave me an ang pow each too. But I forgot to note how much they were before adding them to the total pool of ang pow I received this Chinese New Year. 

Another Four Hundred Ringgit were donated to A Celebration of Life foundation.

Thank you, Jalex Group of Companies for your support and encouragement to me. May you be strong!

Yvonne Foong

As a child, Yvonne Foong dreamed of growing up to help others. To achieve her ambition, she began studying to become a psychologist. But things changed when tumours were discovered in her body at the age of sixteen. She was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2 -- a genetic illness with no cure. Fighting for survival, Yvonne turned to fundraising and embarked on a medical odyssey to the United States. Her experiences since then have transformed her into a motivational speaker; inspiring hope, faith and strength. Yvonne is currently working to establish a humanitarian foundation that provides NF patients in Malaysia with financial and logistical support. Visit Works of Gratitude to learn more.

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