KUALA LUMPUR: Her elderly mothers frustration at being alone at home all day gave Lin Chua the idea of starting a recreation centre for senior citizens.
I realised that the only thing I cannot give her is companionship and this is the same for most working people these days, said the founder of the Autorr Foundation (Autorr stands for Aged Unite to Organise Rest and Recreation).
Lin, the granddaughter of the last Kapitan Cina Yap Kwan Seng, donated four acres of agricultural land in Ampang to build the special centre.
The land she purchased 10 years ago is now worth an estimated RM6mil and piling work has already started. The centre is expected to be ready in 2008.
Senior citizens will be able to attend motivation classes, health talks and handicraft activities at the centre. But above all, they will be able to interact with people on the same wave length, she told a press conference yesterday.
An interesting programme which will be introduced at the centre is weekly visits by orphans.
The elderly have so much love to give and what better way to share the love than to give it to those in need of it.
The youngsters will brighten up the lives of the elderly who in turn can tell the children stories and teach them about life and values, Lin said.
The building costs, estimated at RM5.5mil, will be financed by donations from fund-raising projects over the next two years.
Meanwhile, Autorr is organising a Golden Years Award dinner at the Lake Club on Oct 13.
The fund-raising event will honour senior citizens who have made valuable contributions to society.
Those interested to attend the dinner can contact Lin at 012-223 3823 or Loh at 019-335 8183.
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