Creating awareness: A photo of participants in last year’s charity climb up Mount Kinabalu.
SHELTER Home for Children is organising a charity climb up Mount Kinabalu in Sabah to raise funds for three children’s homes.
The welfare organisation houses more than 40 abused, abandoned, neglected, or at-risk children between the age of four and 18.
“We hope to raise RM100,000 for the children’s education, healthcare and protection,” said Shelter Home general manager Cheok Hoong Poh.
“Some of these children do not get to go to school, while the majority who do are very weak in their studies. Hence, we need to send them for extra classes.
“We would like to hire more tuition teachers and to purchase better revision books and computers for the children,” he said.
Fundraising aside, Cheok said the aim of this climb was to give people the opportunity to experience the sense of achievement when they reach the peak of the fifth highest mountain in South-East Asia.
“This climb will also help create awareness of our work. The previous participants would visit our homes and help out as volunteers even after the activity had ended,” he said.
The sixth edition of the “Mount Kinabalu Charity Climb” will take place from Sept 5 to 9, with the actual climb being three days and two nights.
The RM2,100 participation fee is inclusive of round-trip airfare, accommodation, meals, on-ground transportation, and climb expenses.
On top of the fee, participants are also required to raise a minimum of RM2,000 in donations for Shelter Home.
Registration is limited to 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of climbing experience.
“Our guide is a professional climber and he will be conducting a few training sessions for all participants prior to the trip,” said Cheok.
“We also hope to send a few of our children to take part in this climb because they do not usually have the opportunity to do so. We managed to find sponsors for two children in 2012,” he said.
One of them was 16-year-old Seow Kok Weng, who gushed about his memorable experience.
“The climb was unforgettable. I was just 14 years old back then and I remember feeling tired midway, but it was all worth it when I reached the top of the mountain and saw the amazing view with my own eyes,” said Seow
Registration deadline is May 31. For details, call 03-7955 0663 (Cheok) or visit www.shelterhome.org.