SCOUTS from SMK Jalan Damai have played a big role in the success of the Penang Cheshire Agoonoree, a yearly camp for special Scouts.
Event organiser Veronica Pau Mei Ling said the school in Bukit Mertajam had been sending their Scouts to the Agoonoree each year without fail since the beginning of the programme in 2006.
“It is not easy to handle individuals with special needs but we are happy that Scouts from SMK Jalan Damai return to help us every year,” she said recently.
Pau added that she would continue sending out invitations to schools to be part of the Agoonoree.
“The Scouts feed some of the special Scouts, carry items and clean up the camp place.
“This is something that many special Scouts are not able to do themselves,” she said.
Recently, some 100 Scouts including 42 disabled ones took part in the 13th Penang Cheshire Agoonoree at Cameron Highlands.
They visited places of interest such as Trong Leisure Farm and Resort, Lavender Garden, Cactus Point, Brinchang, Cameron Bharat Tea Estate and the Butterfly Garden.
The participants were from the Penang Cheshire Home, Cerebral Palsy (Spastic) Children’s Association of Penang, SK Pendidikan Khas Jalan Hutton and School for Mentally Retarded Children.
During the opening ceremony, Penang Cheshire Home president Datuk Seri Khoo Keat Siew said the trip marked another milestone in the history of scouting for Penang Cheshire Home.
“The Scout troop was formed in March 2001 and has 30 members to date,” he said.
Also present was city councillor Chris Lee Chun Kit.
Those interested to donate to the Penang Cheshire Home Scouts troop fund can contact 04-228 3319.