Association for special needs kids moves into new building

(From left) Dr Toh, Lau, Wong and Sim at the simple moving-in ceremony.

ASSOCIATION for Children with Special Needs Sibu has a new home at the Agape No.2 building in Jalan Alan.

The completion of the new RM13mil building in Sibu, Sarawak, meant that the association — which turned 21 on Sept 15 — was able to move into the premises on Oct 15.

Other associations such as Sibu Autistic Association and Sibu Special Olympic are also expected to move in soon.

The Agape No.1 building is just a stone’s throw from the new building.

In a simple ceremony, president Datuk Janet Lau placed the association’s registration certificate in the new building in the presence of association secretary Dr Toh Teck Hock and treasurer Jimmy Sim Song Jin.

Dr Toh said they had to limit the number of people at the ceremony because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, to compensate for this, a Christmas party will be held soon for all committee members and staff as well as special needs children and adults.

Touching on the new building, Dr Toh said it could house up to 300 young adults.

“The association will train them to be independent, have a daily work routine and rest hours and be productive.

“We do not wish anyone to just stay at home and do nothing.

“However, independence comes with responsibilities and we need the support of parents, siblings and society to achieve this,” he said.

With their partner in this project, Methodist Care Centre, the association hopes to serve the special needs adult population well.

On funding for the association, Dr Toh said that as a non-governmental organisation, it needed support from society, adding that during the pandemic, donations were hard to come by.

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