Meet Cateline Khoo, an ICPCN Global Champion for children with life limiting conditions. Cateline is a talented 15-year-old singer, songwriter and musician from Singapore who sang one of her own compositions ‘Live Now’ at the premiere of the Little Stars full length documentary film held in Taipei in April of this year. Cateline is a young girl with a passion for music who started writing her own songs at the age of 12. She performs at school events, outside gigs and serves in the worship team at her church, hoping to inspire people with her music.
Cateline wrote this beautiful message to ICPCN after watching the Little Stars film and learning about the ICPCN NOW campaign at the premiere:
Sometimes in life we face really hard situations and we wonder why God makes us go through what seems like hell at that point in time. We feel so daunted by the sudden changes in our lives, but sometimes change can be a good thing. Over time, we learn to adapt and we are able to get through it. We change and become stronger. The things we go through make us who we are today. I think it is important to look back and realise how far we have come.
When you are finally able to cope, that is a really exciting moment because you can be proud of yourself for making it this far. For me, this is something that pushes me to persevere because eventually you will make it and God will not allow you to go through anything you cannot handle.
Some people are stigmatised when they are diagnosed with an illness and we should try not to allow this to happen. It must be terrible to be treated like an outcast because of something you did not choose to get.
I think that it is wonderful that the NOW campaign has been launched! It is very important for vulnerable children who are ill to make the most of their lives and to live in the Now. We need to afford them with the right care and to show them that they are loved and that their lives have value. We need them to believe in themselves and to have dreams and to have joy in the face of suffering.
Watch Cateline singing her beautiful song, Live Now, on her YouTube channel.
You can also follow Cateline on Instagram.