KUCHING: Hope Place has to date a total of 188 needy families under its care.
According its founder, Kelvin Wan, as much as RM23,000 is needed each month in order to continue its effort in delivery daily necessities and essential food items to these needy families.
Wan said its has been the objectives of Hope Place to bring assistance to the disabled, senior citizens who are sick and abandoned by their children, single parents with schooling children and families with a total income less than RM500 per month.
Meanwhile, its president Chong Hai Eng said Hope Place has for the last four and half years, helping the poor by distributing essentials such as rice and biscuits to the needy on regular basis.
List of essential items required by Hope Place are rice, milo, salt, sugar, cooking oil, biscuits, oat, noodles, adult pampers, diapers, special milk Ensure, Enercal and Pediasure and Nutren fibre.
“And the number of people who need help are growing in weekly basis,” she said at the Hope Place Official Handover Ceremony held at the new Hope Place office at Tabuan Tranquility Commercial Centre today.
In today’s ceremony, Ibraco has officially handing over a two-storey shop office space for Hope Place to operate as centre and office.
Chong said what Ibraco has done was not a “small act” but one that has paved a new way to understand charity.
She said charity has always been understood as an act of kindness by giving away what was leftover. But what Ibraco has done was letting Hope Place to use shop office space in a prime area which was nothing near to “leftover”.
Stressing that the shop office space is not some leftover but something valuable, she said now Hope Place can operate in a prime location where the concerned public may reach out to it and at the same time, it may reach out to others.
She said for last four and a half years, Hope Place has grown and that came about because members of public have been willing to contribute and give, including Ibraco.
Hope Place has moved to the new location where the ground floor of the shop lot is used as a storage area and the first floor, its offices.