KUCHING: A four-day, three-night youth camp organised by the Jln Tun Tugah SIB Church’s Youth Group has dedicated a day to three charity centres — the Stutong Lion Nursing Home, the Chesire Home and Hope Place.
In all these centres, the 24 student participants led by adviser Phang Siew Chee and camp leader Cindy Yong Xin Yah, carried out spring cleaning.
Speaking of his experience, youth participant Nicholas Lau Lee Tien said he felt encouraged to do more for the poor and the needy by Hope Place founder Kelvin Wan whom he described as “a truly dedicated person”.
He said from an hour-long talk by Kelvin, he learnt that Hope Place at Jln Dogan Batu Kawah indeed brought much hope for many urban poor who often found difficulty in getting food on the dinner table.
Another participant, Chai Sin Yee, said she was very surprised that Hope Place not only helped needy families in the city but that the volunteers were willing to travel more than 10 hours to reach out to those in the outstation.
Amenda Antiza, meanwhile said if it were not for Hope Place she would not know of the existence of so many poor people living in the midst of million-dollar businesses and conglomerates in the city.
“What Kelvin has done deserves our appreciation,” Amenda said.
The youth camp called “Live out Love”, started on June 10, and according to Cindy, it hopes to imbibe in the youths the true meaning of love and care.
Hope Place is an NGO that visits the poor and less fortunate families to contribute some essential food items like rice, cooking oil, sugar, salt, biscuits and noodles. The recipients barely earn enough to get through each month, hence many are grateful for the basic necessities delivered to them.
For the families with children with special needs, or with elderly people, they are given milk powder and diapers as well.
Hope Place carries out their aid deliveries once every two months because of the many families on their recipients’ list. Currently it is supporting more than 80 families.
Hope Place can be reached at 013-567 2775 from 8.30am to 12.30pm Mondays to Fridays. Hope Place issues receipts for all cash donations it receives.
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