KOTA KINABALU: A motivational talk to bring the public out of negative thoughts and low self-values is scheduled to take place here on Oct 1.
Organised by the Lions Club International, the programme which is to also address the seemingly increasing number of suicides and mental health woes among Sabahans will feature a speaker known mainly in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan - Goh Siok Boon.
Organising chairperson Alyssa Lim said Goh, who is a Sabahan from Tawau, had agreed to team up with them for the fundraising talk programme.
"Goh charges quite a huge sum for an appearance but for this event, he had agreed to donate all the profits made from the sales of tickets for charity works," she said in a press conference here on Tuesday (Aug 16).
Lim said they were targeting at least 500 people and hoped to raise some RM50,000 from the event.
"We will use the money to fund two projects - a coral planting by JCI Luyang and a mammogram programme for rural women," she said.
Lim added that the talk was timely as what can be seen in current media reports, the number of suicides and mental health issues were on the rise.
"This could be due to stress and pressures of life following two years of the Covid-19 pandemic," she said, adding that Goh’s objective in choosing the topic was to motivate and inspire his audience.
“It is also to change people profoundly on a mental level, helping the audience to make changes in their lives and within themselves to have better self care.
"Goh will also encourage the audience to look at things from a different perspective, motivating them to take positive actions in their daily lives," she Lim.
More details on the talk can be found at the Lions Club International or JCI Luyang social media platforms.