Football club players bring joy to special needs kids

Filemon (right) and Gurusamy (left) during a ‘coaching session’ at Taarana in SS3, Petaling Jaya.

Taarana, a school for special needs children in SS3, Petaling Jaya, received some special guests.

Rythm Foundation — a social impact initiative by the QI Group — had invited two well-known football players from Super League side Petaling Jaya City, namely K. Gurusamy and Filemon Anyie.

The duo gave away jerseys, posed for photos and much to the children’s delight, kicked the ball around with them.

The two players expressed admiration over the children’s enthusiasm and the teachers’ dedication.

They also congratulated the foundation for setting up the school, which was opened in May 2012 to provide a brighter future for special needs children.

Rythm Foundation head Santhi Periasamy said the football players’ visit was welcomed as Taarana was still adapting to the new norm amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The players’ presence among the children and their parents brought instant smiles all around.

“The children had an unforgettable day and I’m sure they will treasure the memories forever.

“The players were also told about our life-changing work,” she said, adding that Taarana would be introducing living skills to its students next year to help them perform targeted skills independently.

Parents at the “football clinic” said they were happy to see the progress made by their children at Taarana and thanked the teachers for their efforts.

A parent who wanted to be known as Jenny, said “My 10-year-old girl used to be very shy but after sending her here, I can see her progress as she can talk clearly and has started asking lots of questions.

“I was happy to see her posing in the PJ City jersey.”

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