Hope Place, team help Kpg Muk Ayun folk

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Matthew Um­pang re­[email protected]­bor­neo­post.com

KUCH­ING: Res­i­dents of Kam­pung Muk Ayun, a vil­lage in the deep in­te­rior of the Padawan area got more than what they re­quested from Hope Place Kuch­ing.

Ini­tially, the vil­lage head­man Taser Kun’nut con­tacted the lo­cal non- gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion ( NGO) to re­quest for so­lar pan­els for the vil­lage church build­ing.

How­ever, Hope Place founder Kelvin Wan wanted to do more . He gath­ered more vol­un­teers to help him bring other as­sis­tance to the vil­lagers.

Apart from Hope Place staff, 50 vol­un­teers who went to Kam­pung Muk Ayun re­cently also in­cluded Ban­dar Kuch­ing MP Dr Kelvin Yii and a group of doc­tors, den­tists, phar­ma­cists, tech­ni­cians, spon­sors and mem­bers of Kuch­ing Horn­bill Ad­ven­ture 4x4 Club.

The group trav­elled to the vil­lage on board 20 four-wheel drive ve­hi­cles.

Ac­cord­ing to Wan, the visit was part of Hope Place’s ‘Giv­ing Hope, Shar­ing Love’ ( GHSL) project.

“Al­though it was only a day trip, the jour­ney was far from easy or fast. The vil­lage is quite far from Padawan town. It was about five hours drive along the off-road trail to reach Kam­pung Muk Ayun from the 10th Mile bazaar along Kuch­ing-Se­rian Road.

“This year, Hope Place is blessed with good for­tune and is grate­ful for a num­ber of spon­sors and vol­un­teers who con­trib­ute to GHSL, de­spite such a short no­tice.

“Dur­ing the visit, the team also gave be­lated Christ­mas gifts to the chil­dren in the vil­lage, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of nu­mer­ous donors,” he said.

Apart from in­stalling so­lar light pan­els on the church build­ing, the vol­un­teers also ran a health screen­ing ses­sion with den­tal check- ups for the vil­lagers who also re­ceived food aid from the spon­sors.

“Hope Place wishes to thank the vol­un­teers and spon­sors for their pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion.

“They have truly shared their bless­ings with the vil­lagers.

“We also ap­pre­ci­ate the tech­ni­cians who in­stalled the so­lar light pan­els and helped made this ex­pe­di­tion a suc­cess,” said Wan.

Wan (kneel­ing front, sec­ond left) and Dr Yii (left) join the chil­dren of Kam­pung Muk Ayun in a group photo.

Wan (sec­ond left) ap­pre­ci­ates the gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion from the 4x4 own­ers.

Wan (third left) with the spon­sors and vol­un­teers who con­trib­uted to the GHSL, de­spite a short no­tice.

Wan (front, right) hands over the so­lar panel to Taser.

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