Vol­un­teers set off for ‘Giv­ing Hope, Shar­ing Love’ project

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MIRI: It is al­most mis­sion ac­com­plished for the hu­man­i­tar­ian project ‘Giv­ing Hope, Shar­ing Love’ ( GHSL) ini­ti­ated by Hope Place Kuch­ing, a non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, for three Pe­nan set­tle­ments in Ulu Baram – Long Si Ang, Long Rudin and Long Selu­long.

Early yes­ter­day at 5am, a to­tal of 100 vol­un­teers in 35 units of 4x4 ve­hi­cles from Kuch­ing, Sibu, Miri, Brunei, San­dakan and Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory of Labuan set off for their jour­ney from Miri for the two nights and three days of GHSL from June 15 to 17.

Lead­ing the con­voy was Dr Ling Tung King, a ve­teri­nary sur­geon in Miri, while Kelvin Wan, founder of Hope Place, co­or­di­nated the project.

Among other vol­un­teers were three doc­tors, three den­tists and six nurses from the Sarawak Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, Sarawak Nurs­ing Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion (SNPA) as well as from San­dakan be­sides a phar­ma­cist, a hair­dresser and tech­ni­cians.

“Also join­ing the trip are tech­ni­cians to set up the so­lar lights at Long Selu­long. Every­one is hoping for good weather and no de­lays, as this is cru­cial for ev­ery­thing to be set up com­pletely and on time,” Wan told The Bor­neo Post yes­ter­day.

He thanked all those in­volved in­clud­ing donors and spon­sors. Among the ma­jor spon­sors were a Kuch­ing based Ja­panese firm – LONGi Green En­ergy Tech­nol­ogy Co Ltd which do­nated 38 so­lar pan­els while among the ma­jor in­di­vid­ual donors was his school­mate Kelly Lau Hong Eng, who do­nated 60 per cent of the food­stuff for the trip.

Lau, an en­trepreneur and phi­lan­thropist, when in­ter­viewed said she was happy to be part of GHSL.

“I am glad to help Kelvin - a friend and school­mate who does char­ity be­yond bor­ders and is very metic­u­lous and ef­fi­cient in chan­nelling public dona­tions to the tar­get groups,” said Lau.

For GHSL, she said the food­stuff do­nated in­cluded those given by her own fam­ily mem­bers and close friends and hoped that more peo­ple would come for­ward to help the less for­tu­nate in so­ci­ety.

For vol­un­teer Tan Wei Kheng – renowned lo­cal artist who en­joyed a unique un­der­stand­ing and trust from the Pe­nans – GHSL is like a prayer an­swered as it will greatly help these semi no­madic Pe­nans.

“I am shar­ing the joy of the Pe­nans, whom I have been vis­it­ing reg­u­larly as part of my so­cial obli­ga­tion help­ing the for­mer deputy ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Datuk Hon Choon Kim in his com­mu­nity project spon­sor­ing some Pe­nan stu­dents at SMK Marudi. I also help the Help­ing Hands, Brunei, another NGO help­ing the Pe­nans there, buy­ing gen­er­a­tors and so­lar pan­els for other Pe­nan set­tle­ments,” said Tan.

Tan hoped for con­tin­ued help for the Pe­nans from the new Pakatan Hara­pan govern­ment, es­pe­cially in ac­cel­er­at­ing de­vel­op­ment in all as­pects.

Wan (right) and vol­un­teers get­ting ready the items for their trip.

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