Selangor Raja Muda joins home for the disabled to honour founder’s birth anniversary

Tengku Amir Shah receiving a painting by one of RACS’ residents from Khatijah at the celebrations of 100 Years of Inspiration of Leonard Cheshire and United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

IT WAS a two-in-one high tea event in celebration of 100 years of inspiration of Group Captain Leonard Cheshire and the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which fell on Dec 3.

Special guest at the event organised by Rumah Amal Cheshire Selangor (RACS) was royal patron Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

About 300 guests from various non-governmental organisations also attended the celebration.

Guests enjoyed music performances, dances by Beautiful Gates Performing Arts Troupe, and a theatrical sketch titled “The Cheshire Story”, depicting the origin of the charity called Cheshire Disabilities and its Malaysian journey.

Leonard Cheshire, a war hero, founded the Leonard Cheshire Disability, a charity supporting disabled people in the UK and around the world.

This year marks 100 years of his birth.

The first Leonard Cheshire Service was established in 1948 in Hampshire, UK.

Tengku Amir Shah shaking hands with RACS residents at the event. — ROHAIZAT MD DARUS/The Star
Tengku Amir Shah shaking hands with RACS residents at the event. — ROHAIZAT MD DARUS/The Star

The first international branch was established as a residential home in Mumbai, India in 1955.

There are now 250 Cheshire Homes in 54 countries throughout the world.

In her opening address at the high tea, Selangor Cheshire Home president Datin Paduka Khatijah Sulieman said in conjunction with the founder’s 100th anniversary celebrations, various activities were held such as the sale of 100 cupcakes and an Arts Therapy Exhibition featuring 100 art pieces by residents to improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

“This year, in June 2017, we started with the Saujana Subang in housekeeping department with three trainees.

“In addition, we have registered to offer quality dual-training system to our Economic Empowerment Programme (EEP) from Skills Malaysia under the Human Resources Ministry,” she said.

RACS or Selangor Cheshire Home was set up in 1963; it is one of the members of the Global Alliance of Leonard Cheshire Disability.

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