Kuching, 22nd May 2017 – It was a special day for children affected by cerebral palsy, at the 520 Reignite Love From Borneo charity gala dinner. This is also a corporate social responsibility initiative by IPEC Bureau in support of Wishesland, a Cerebral Palsy Association in Kuching, Sarawak. The event’s core objectives are to raise funds for the enhancement of the association’s rehabilitation programs and create greater awareness and understanding of cerebral palsy.
520 Reignite Love From Borneo consisted a two-day forum that began on 20 May 2017. It was held at the Dewan Masyarakat Kuching in Sarawak, and featured numerous distinguished speakers such as Ms Helen Chen – Founder of Heart of Wealth College, Dr Juliana Lim – Chief Executive Officer of IPEC Bureau, Professor Dr Ng Wee Kiong – Chairperson of Industry Scheme Development Council, and Dr George Lau – Head of IPEC Bureau’s Impartial Committee.
The guest of honour at the gala dinner – attended by more than 600 participants from countries such as Malaysia, China, and Taiwan – is YB Senator Datuk Professor Dr Sim Kui Hian (PJN), Minister for Local Government and Housing Sarawak who was represented by Mr Tan Kai, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister of Sarawak. Ms Helen Chen delivered the welcoming remarks at the dinner, followed by the opening address from Mr Tan Kai.
The President of Wishesland, Mr Chi Poh Yung then took to the stage to speak about cerebral palsy and shared examples of how it affects children as well as his own experience as a parent to children with cerebral palsy. The event was a great success overall, raising approximately RM30,000 which will go a long way to aid the recovery of children affected by this condition, through numerous rehabilitation programs and medication.
“With the strong support from various parties, both locally and internationally, we are confident that Wishesland would be able to move forward stronger and faster in line with its vision of providing a universal rule of cerebral palsy recovery system for all our children,” said Mr Chi. “We really treasure and appreciate all the support from everyone in our journey to heal our children with cerebral palsy,” he added.
Dr Juliana expressed her pride at IPEC Bureau’s participation at this event and hopes it makes a difference in the lives of the underprivileged. “We firmly believe that initiatives like this will help society in general prosper in harmony and contribute immensely towards nation building. We are proud to be a part of this gala dinner and look forward to channelling our very best efforts into making this and future initiatives a success,” she said.