Foundation opens leadership training centre for disabled


Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled director Chiew Toh Hie (on wheelchair, centre) receiving a gift from Bishop Dr. Ong Hwai Teik as Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin (fifth from right), Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok (third from left), Beautiful Gate Foundation executive director Rev. Sia Siew Chin (on wheelchair, left) and deputy executive director Ivy Pua (on wheelchair, right) as well as other guests look on during the opening of the (below) Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled headquarters and Disabled Leaders Training Centre. — Photos: IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled director Chiew Toh Hie (on wheelchair, centre) receiving a gift from Bishop Dr. Ong Hwai Teik as Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin (fifth from right), Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok (third from left), Beautiful Gate Foundation executive director Rev. Sia Siew Chin (on wheelchair, left) and deputy executive director Ivy Pua (on wheelchair, right) as well as other guests look on during the opening of the (below) Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled headquarters and Disabled Leaders Training Centre. — Photos: IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

THE disabled community can now make use of the new Disabled Leaders Training Centre in SS2, Petaling Jaya.

The new three-storey building, which also serves as the new headquarters of the Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled, is equipped with a physical therapy room, classrooms, counselling rooms, dormitories, multipurpose hall and wheelchair-friendly kitchen.

As the disabled are a minority group who need access to education as well as gainful employment, Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled provides them with accommodation, training and services, regardless of religion, ethnicity and status.

Throughout the years, the foundation has succeeded in helping people with disabilities live

independent lives, with some becoming entrepreneurs and also athletes.

Training courses will be held at the centre to provide the disabled with the tools to become future leaders within the foundation as well as in the working world.

In the future, the foundation plans to extend its services to the disabled from around the South-East Asian region as well as the rest of Asia.

It hopes to improve the skills of the disabled and train them to be independent.

About 100 people attended the opening of the building, including friends from the disabled community as well as companies, churches and individuals who generously donated towards the project.

Goodwill Community Foundation from the United States received a special thanks from the community for being the main sponsor of the building.

The centre is located at 29, Jalan SS2/59, Petaling Jaya. For details, log on to www.beautifulgate.org.my — By ZAWIN SAKDON

Central Region