Poignant letter by Hope Place inmate kicks off video fund drive

Tan's (seated) letter was translated and read by one of Hope Place's members, together with Wan (right).

KUCHING, Dec 5: The reading of a heart-warming four-page letter handwritten by one of the beneficiaries of Hope Place kicked off the launching of the animated fundraising video this morning.

Author of the ‘Thank You’ letter Tan Siew Moi (65-year-old), who was too shy to read the letter she had prepared said in her writings, “Hope Place was the only charity among so many others that I’ve contacted, to provide me with help, show care, love and treat me like a family.”

Before the presentation of the letter of appreciation, the four-minute hand-drawn animation video which calls for kind donations from the members of the public was played for the audience and officially launched.

Hope Place founder Kelvin Wan said the video that features a young girl who was inspired to help an old lady, was heart-warming and he hoped it could also touch the hearts of the public.

Group photo of Wan (sixth right), Tan (fourth left), members of Hope Place and the Pxbugs Studio team.

“The story is about helping an old lady, as seen from the point-of-view of a young girl. This animation captures both the sadness of those in need and also the joys of collective help. There’s a sense of youthful optimism and camaraderie. It really moved me.

“And we have hundreds of families on our list. We help as many as we can but there is much more that needs to be done. It’s also the year-end monsoon season and we’re preparing to help during times of disasters,” he said during the launching of the fundraising video today at Hock Seng Lee (HSL) Tower above La Promenade Mall.

HSL was the sponsor of this animated video that took seven months to complete, collaborating with Pixbugs Studio and its team of young talented graduates from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus.

Being very supportive of Hope Place over the years, HSL has been giving the charity body annual grants and recently provided two shop lots at Eden Centre 3 at Mile 12, free-of-rental for it to set up thrift stores selling affordable items.

Wan said Hope Place is not only utilising the stores to sell second-hand items with very low prices, but they also serve as a centre to distribute necessities to fire and flood victims who presented their police reports, and also some 200 poor families under Hope Place.

“We will have almost everything there, including clothes, stationery, kitchenware and so on. We plan for the stores to operate next year, but we are only lacking in manpower now. We need at least two permanent staff to manage the stores there,” he said, urging for any interested person to contact Hope Place.-DayakDaily