BEAUTIFUL Gate Foundation for the Disabled resident Tsang Qing Nan, 19, was all smiles when he was presented with a new motorised wheelchair.
PJ North Federal Development Coordinator Datuk Dr Wong Sai Hou presented the wheelchair to him at the Section 21 Sea Park Residents Association centre recently.
The RM10,000 wheelchair was bought through fundraising efforts by Wong, members of the Section 21 Sea Park Residents Association and the public.
Tsang and fellow resident Gan Mun Wei, 15, were involved in a hit-and-run accident in November last year while crossing the road to get to the SS2 wet market, where they sell handicrafts and other items for extra income.
The duo sustained only minor injuries, but Tsang lost his motorised wheelchair, which he relied on to move about due to limited movements on his right hand.
“We managed to raise money for Tsang through a series of fundraising events, including donations from a public walkabout and a Christmas charity event last year. Golfers from the C.C. Liew Charity Golf tournament held earlier this year were also kind enough to contribute,” said Wong.
Wong hoped the event would help raise awareness among the public to come forward and help the disabled.
He added that developers should think of catering to the needs of the disabled when coming up with projects, as well as improving the existing facilities to be disabled-friendly.
“Walkways should have guardrails for the safety of all pedestrians. The Petaling Jaya Municipal Council should also think of erecting special signages and convex mirrors, so that pedestrians can see oncoming traffic,” he suggested.
Wong later presented residents of the centre RM700 in balance of the funds raised.
Beautiful Gate Foundation executive director Sia Siew Chin highlighted to Wong on obtaining new premises for the foundation’s recycling centre.
Neighbours had previously voiced concerns over the running of the centre in a house.
“This is one of the items on our wishlist: to have a proper premises for our recycling centre where our residents can do their jobs effectively,” she said.
Currently, the organisation houses 40 residents and provides various programmes, including helping residents start-up small businesses and getting jobs.