Sunflower Centre’s hope for metal garden house gets boost from WEPS

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Lili (seventh left) presenting a cheque to Chai in the presence of WEPS members, staff and residents of the centre.

MIRI: Incidences of theft have forced Sunflower Centre here to seek donations from the public to urgently build a metal garden house to store items like bicycles and lawn mower.

Its chairperson Liza Chai said the centre has so far lost 11 bicycles and two lawn mowers in three theft incidents over the past two years.

“Although we have 24-hour security camera, the culprits managed to get away with their loot. It is so annoying and we can’t afford to lose anymore bicycles of our day residents, along with other items belonging to the centre,” said Liza.

She was met yesterday after receiving a donation from the Women Entrepreneurs and Professionals Association (WEPS) here.

WEPS president Lili Puk led her exco members, including Datin Judy Wan Morshidi, in handing over the donation at the centre.

Lili said the donation is part of WEPS’ community service project to help the less fortunate.

“Being a non-profit making organisation, we hoped that this humble contribution of ours could help meet the total cost for the metal garden house,” she said.

While thanking WEPS for the donation, Liza appealed for more donations, saying at least RM6,000 is needed to build a decent medal garden house to store the items and make it difficult for thieves to break into.

Sunflower Centre, formed in March 1982 under the umbrella of the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Miri Chapter, caters to children and young adults up to 30 years old who are mentally and/or physically challenged. It currently has 111 day residents.

The centre aims to help develop residents to their full potential to enable them to make positive contributions to society.

Older residents are taught skills like laundry washing, housekeeping and gardening. Trained teachers are on hand to help younger residents to learn specialised skills, basic communication and home care.

The upkeep of the centre is derived from public donations. For those who wish to make donations, contact Sunflower Centre at 085-425421 during office hours.