Vision Home children waiting for The Star’s volunteers to brighten up place

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  • Monday, 01 Oct 2012

Getting ready: Loh and team members from The Star Ipoh helping to clean the garden of the home and the entrance for Vision Home.

THE 20 children of Vision Home cannot wait for Oct 6.

As part of The Star’s Employee Volunteer Programme, 12 staff from its Ipoh bureau will visit the orphanage on that date in their bid to give the home a makeover and brighten it up for the children.

The orphanage in First Garden, Ipoh is home to 14 boys and 6 girls and has been operated by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) for over 14 years.

Project coordinator and advertising executive Dominic Loh, 25, said the home was chosen after a survey of 10 other registered welfare homes in Ipoh.

“Compared to other welfare homes that receive fixed monthly donations from NGOs or philanthropists, Vision Home does not have stable donations.

“While the children are well cared for, the shortage of funds has led to a lack of manpower and facilities for the children staying there,” he said.

Loh said among the things planned for the home makeover are giving the walls a fresh coat of paint sponsored by project partner Dulux, preparing furniture to replace broken ones and general maintenance and cleaning around the compound.

“To prepare for the big day, we have made several visits to determine the work and tools needed and also performed small repair works around the home.

“We have also ordered a few pieces of new furniture such as a dining table as their old one is splintered and dangerous for children,” he said.

Do Good. Volunteer is a social initiative by The Star that aims to promote volunteerism amongst Malaysians with the aim of nurturing a giving society.

As part of this initiative, The Star launched its Employee Volunteer Programme (EVP) to encourage employees to partake in volunteerism including acknowledging 24 volunteer hours as work hours of which The Star media group Do Good Day is an initiative.

The inaugural event on Oct 6 will see 400 Star media group volunteers assigned to 10 different welfare homes in Selangor, Penang, Perak and Sarawak. These teams have been entrusted to make over the homes with budgets assigned to each team.

Ultimately, this project hopes to provide an improved, comfortable and inspiring space for the children and residents to better enjoy.

Clerical assistant Charan Kaur, 33, said she was looking forward to the activities on Oct 6 after forging a bond with the home’s children on previous visits.

“Once the home was decided, I was one of a few staff members who visited the home several times to gauge the work needed to fix the place up, and that was when I grew to love the children there.

“I even started visiting the home every Thursday morning on the way to the Indian temple next door. So going there feels like walking into my own home now and I will not hesitate to help them in any way I can on Oct 6,” she said.

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