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Deaf entrepreneurs refuse to allow their condition hinder their aspirations


Mohd Yunus (second right) showing some of the wedding gowns which he donated to raise funds at the charity jumble sale.

Mohd Yunus (second right) showing some of the wedding gowns which he donated to raise funds at the charity jumble sale.

THE Penang Deaf Association’s (PDA) charity jumble sale returned for the sixth consecutive year to raise funds by selling donated goods ranging from clothes, food and even beauty products.

PDA president Razman Tan Abdullah said that the sale was one of the many fundraising events they organised to cover their expenses that came up to around RM24,000 annually.

“We aim to raise around RM5,000 to RM7,000 so that we may continue providing services such as emergency translators, sign language classes and vocational skills classes for the deaf community.

“The contribution from the Social Welfare Department alone is not enough to cover all,” he said.

Manning one of the six booths at Komtar was hearing-impaired wedding planner Mohd Yunus Mohd Ismail, who was selling multicultural wedding gowns from his shop, which he donated for the cause.

“My mother first started the business at home 26 years ago.

“I now own a store where I have employees, many deaf like me,” he said.

Sri Dewi operating her food stall at the charity jumble sale.
Sri Dewi operating her food stall at the charity jumble sale.

Food stall owner Sri Dewi Runa was there as well to share how she did not allow her condition to stop her from starting her own stall.

“I think it’s important that people don’t feel embarrassed about being deaf.

“From my experience, it may be difficult at first when customers don’t understand our condition but they quickly pick up simple gestures,” she said.

Retiree Lam Kam Lim, who is also deaf, was at the one-day event selling her handstitched creations such as tote bags, pillows, aprons and tissue box covers.

“I worked for 28 years at SK Pendidikan Khas Persekutuan Pulau Pinang as a student helper before retiring.

“Nowadays, I teach sewing and cooking at the PDA’s centre in Dewan Masyarakat Penyayang,” she said.

The PDA will organise other charity events such as the 5km ‘Colourful Run’ on Sept 23. Registration can be done at https://event.howei.com/. For information on PDA’s cause, call 04-226 0160.

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