BRENDA Ooi, 32, had the time of her life during the Eden Handicap Service Centre’s Eden Fellowship Outing in Penang.
“It feels really good to be able to see new things and mix with friends.
“It’s boring staying at home all the time,” said the Eden Hostel resident at the recent outing.
Wheelchair-bound Ooi, who lost her right leg from the knee down to an accident and diabetes, said Eden organises two to four fellowship outings every year.
“I started my stay in Eden in September last year. Before my accident two years ago, I worked as a beautician. But now I work for Eden,” she said.
Retired teacher Koay Ge Beng, 71, whose daughter Koay Lay Bee, 34, has Down Syndrome, described the effort as a good one.
“At least my daughter gets to interact and socialise with people of similar backgrounds.
“I take her for drives every night because she likes it.
“This outing is definitely beneficial for her,” he said.
During the outing organised by The Six Mansion Sdn Bhd and MBI International 100, 75 physically and mentally disabled individuals and staff of the Eden Handicap Service Centre were invited to explore the M Mall in Penang Times Square.
Then they were treated to a scrumptious meal at the Bali Thai Seafood Restaurant for lunch, and were given MBI International towels as tokens.
Eden Handicap Service Centre general manager Bertie Tye said the purpose of the event was to give the disabled exposure and to see the world.
“A lot of them just stay at home. To them, the world consists of four walls so we bring them out so that they can see the world outside.
“A lot of the disabled don’t live long so while they are with us, we want to give them the best we can,” he said.
Eden also conducts a Sheltered Workshop which provides employment and vocational training for people with disabilities on Mondays to Fridays 9am to 4pm through sub-contract work.
This allows the trainees to earn an allowance as well as have an opportunity to work in a real work environment.