In what was an educational and informative morning, major non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Ipoh were brought together at Sekeping Kong Heng recently to generate much-needed public exposure.
An initiative by Perak Parkinson’s Association (PPA), it was a platform for people to learn about these help groups, and understand their roles, facilities and the kind of services these organisations provide.
According to President of PPA Samuel Ng, NGOs have always worked independently and have thus far been isolated. This event allowed them to come together, creating a louder buzz to reach out to even more people.
“This is a small step we’ve taken. Hopefully, this first gathering of NGOs will be a regular feature in Ipoh, and even more will participate in the next edition.
“Today has also been a golden opportunity for us to network and support each other. Our solidarity and synergy will help each NGO to grow further and stronger.”
Participating NGOs included, The Dementia Society Perak, Perak Palliative Care Society, Ipoh Down Syndrome Centre, Befrienders Ipoh, Perak Thalassaemia Society and Perak Women for Women Society.
Despite the serious work that these NGOs do, it was a fun-filled day which saw the special appearance of popular superheroes and cartoon characters, an orchestral performance by young musicians from Suzuki Linmu Music School and line dancing.
Funds raised through the selling of clothing, handicrafts and foodstuff, among others, went to PPA to cover expenses incurred that morning.