ANIMALS for Young celebrated the New Year by helping special needs children through the largest Animal Therapeutic Colouring Poster at Sunway Velocity.
The poster measuring 6m by 21m, is an attempt by Animals for Young to make it into the Guinness World Records for the largest Animal Therapeutic Colouring poster in the country.
Animals for Young founder Dr EJ Khew said, “This giant therapeutic poster could help children improve social learning in a group setting, reduce stress, induce creativity, improve their hand grip and hand-eye coordination as well as promote easier and midline (right-left brain) crossing.
Children getting a little help in colouring the giant poster.
“For special needs children, it could also help in their sensory processing with the choice of the material texture used,” he added.
The medium used for the poster is Crayola crayons.
Aside from colouring, there was a fun scooter ride using Weplay scooter that helps children improve their motor skills, balance coordination as well as social skills.
They also used hedgehogs as therapy to help special needs children improve their sensory processing, as well as emotional and social skills.
Even for non-disabled children, interaction with animals is highly beneficial in building their social skills.
By donating RM10, people can receive three pieces of crayons and with a RM5 donation enjoy a 20-minute scooter ride.
Donations will be used to help underprivileged special children undergo therapy.
The event that started on Dec 27 Dec has seen more than 1,000 people joining the cause.
Local Chinese singers, Nick and Stella Chung, were at the event to show their support.
The event will run until Jan 7.
For details, visit www.animalsforyoung.com.