UNITED Voice, a self advocacy society of persons with learning disabilities, is organising a fundraising campaign for their centre, comprising a fun fair and dinner.
The aim of the fundraising is to enable their members to buy a shoplot for their activities and employment project.
The building is estimated to cost RM850,000 and fixture and fittings will cost another RM150,000.
The fair will be on March 14 at the Bandar Utama Community Hall and will have more than 60 stalls offering food and a wide range of products from their employment project.
Members of United Voice make greeting cards, bookmarks, fridge magnets, festival greeting cards, handicraft and food products for sale as part of their employment project.
Included in the programme are fun activities for children and adults. There will also be a display of paintings by talented artists of United Voice.
Complementing their efforts
is the dinner that will be held at the Sheraton Subang Hotel & Tower in Subang Jaya on March 17 with MediaCorp artiste Gurmit Singh a.k.a. Phua Chu Kang. Sheraton Subang is a sponsor for this event.
“We are very touched to have been invited to be part of this noble cause. We share the same vision with United Voice; people with learning disabilities have to be given the recognition and be respected as individuals in the society,” said general manager of Sheraton Subang Hotel & Towers Datin Jasmine Abdullah Heng.
“We are an organisation that is fully in control by people with learning disabilities.
“This is the first society in Malaysia that is led by people with learning disabilities,” said United Voice president Johari Jamali.
“We work to promote the self- advocacy model where members meet to plan activities and provide support for each other.
Committees and staff supporting United Voice are also chosen by the members. United Voice has provided support for the set up of 12 self advocacy groups in seven states.
Through our employment projects, our members are able to contribute to society. Members who are able to work are trained and have been able to find employment, mainly at hypermarkets, admintration jobs and factory production operators.
Members who are unable to obtain open employment can do self support activities by making greeting cards, fridge magnets, bookmarks, key chains and others. Lately, we have also baked cookies for sale,” said Johari Jamali.
If you would like to contribute or take part in this campaign, contact Yeo Swee Lan at 03-7954 0701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All contributions are tax exempted. For more information on United Voice, visit its website www.unitedvoice.com.my.