Sunday, June 21, 2009

Launch of Toy Library and Parents Resource Centre

Here are some pictures of the launch of the Toy Library and Parents Resource Centre in Subang Jaya:

Children and parents at the launch

Mr Lee Chee Loi (Executive Director of Malaysian Care) and Rev. Wong Fong Yang (Senior Pastor of CDPC) signing and exchanging the Memorandum of Understanding

Children at the play session (photo courtesy of SJ Echo)

Article reported in The Star on 17 June 2009:
Centre for families of children with learning disabilities set up

LEARNING is not restricted just to classrooms and textbooks, and it is especially true for children with learning difficulties.

“Educational toys help them to learn, improve motor skills and develop the cognitive functions in their brains,” City Discipleship Presbyterian Church (CDPC) senior pastor Revd Wong Fong Yang said.

However, related resources and information were previously not easily accessible to parents of children with learning disabilities in Subang Jaya. The situation has now improved with the launch of MaKasih, the Family Support and Resource Services in CDPC in Subang Jaya.

It was revealed that MaKasih – short for terima kasih (thank you) – was picked as a reminder that every child is unique and special.

“Parents don’t need to feel alone in going through the struggle while handling their children with learning difficulties. Here, you can share, network and form support groups,” Wong said.

Kicking off the programme was the Playgroup Activities that would be held on the last Saturday of each month from 10.30am to noon.

Both parents and children (from toddlers to eight years old, including the siblings of children with learning difficulties) can play a variety of games together during the play session.

During the launch held in the spirit of World Play Day, the participants had fun trying their hand at art and craft, fishing, tossing game, balloon-sculpture and face-painting.
“We also hope to have our own toy library to loan toys and books to the public in January next year,” Wong added.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh pledged RM10,000 on behalf of the state government for the centre’s future activities.

“In a meeting with the disabled in November last year, parents of children with special needs requested a toy library here as the nearest one was located in Bandar Tasik Selatan in Kuala Lumpur.

“With the effort of CDPC and Malaysian Care, we now have a centre that caters for all regardless of race and religion,” she said.

Yeoh added that it was possible to draw out the talents of special kids with the proper tools and educational materials.

CDPC is located at W-10-2, Subang Square Business Centre, Jalan SS15/4G, 47500 Subang Jaya. For details, call 03-5621 2844/45 or 016-267 5010 (Ms Tan), or email inquiry@cdpc.org.my.

2 comments:

green green glass of home said...

YB this is good for the community and a step forward which is not possible without good leadership.

I hope PR state government will solve the water issue for KL folks. This would be a big catch for PR state government if KL folks can receive clean water and make all water filter at home redundant. In S'pore you can receive crystal clear water and drinking straight from tap is 100% safe, no one in S'pore needed to install water filter. There water is drawn and processed in Johor, so what is so difficult for us in Selangor? Imagine how much we can save from importing and intalling those expensive water filter in every KL home?

allurban said...

YB Thanks for the continuing updates on the toy library and children's play centre.

Subang Square in SS15 is a good area for the library, since it is centrally located and has a lot of available space.

There is also commercial space below for people to use - parents waiting for children etc. Perhaps there is room for more activity centres there, for example a senior citizens activity centre.

I am sure that many of the college students nearby would be happy to spend time volunteering in such a centre.

All of this would do wonders for the strength of our community.

One of my key suggestions for improving the strength of the community is increased mobility. To this end, I have gone to the yourself and the State Government and proposed a system of community shuttle buses (like the service currently operating in PJ) that could get people out of their homes and to places like this toy library, Activity centres, the 3K and 3C complex, Future libraries, Future Millennium park, etc.

I do hope that this Community Shuttle Bus proposal will gain further consideration so that, as the ADUN and councillors work to create more public amenities in Subang Jaya they also work to create a way for residents to access these amenities, quickly and easily.

That said, I look forward to seeing the library in operation and will let my colleagues know about it.

Kind Regards

Moaz Yusuf Ahmad
SS17 Resident