CARING TOUCH: Six-year-old Michelle Ong, who is suffering from cerebral palsy, getting all the attention during a visit by 15 Miss Malaysia Indian 2003 finalists to the Yayasan Idris Shah rehabilitation centre in Ipoh yesterday.
The girls spent some time talking and cheering up the 30 children there, most of whom suffer from cerebral palsy and spinal bifida.
They were also taken on a tour by senior physiotherapist S. Ratnes, who explained the many facilities available at the centre in Bercham.
Pageant organiser Editorial Resources Sdn Bhd managing director T. Pushparani said the visit gave the finalists a chance to understand the centre's multidisciplinary and holistic rehabilitation programmes.
We want them to know what the non-governmental agencies have done to make the lives of disabled children better.
We also want them to know the plight of disabled children and the important roles they can play to bring joy into the lives of these children, she said, adding that the pageant winner would have to do a year of charity work.
The finalists would be competing for the title at the Crown Princess Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 5.