The 35 children of Rumah Kanak-Kanak Yatim dan Miskin Anning (Anning Children’s Home) in Ampang will be accommodated in a new hostel equipped with a library, by the middle of this year.
Principal of Anning Children’s Home, Loke Wai Loon, said that the dream will be fulfilled if their various fund-raising efforts are successfully implemented. “This project was inspired by Mok Soon Sang, a retired headmaster who is now the vice president of our home. So far, 50 per cent of the construction is completed.
Although we receive donations from individuals and associations, we are still short of funds. We hope that more would come forward to contribute to our project to help us realise it. The three-storey building will cost about RM600,000. The ground floor will be the library while the first and second floors will be the hostel,” he told Ipoh Echo when met recently.
Anning Children’s Home was founded by Venerable Chan Kong under the auspices of Bao En Shi Temple. In operation since January 2009, it now has two more branches in Taiping and Kuala Lumpur. Besides children’s homes, Bao En Shi also established the Anning Old Folks’ Home for senior citizens.
“In addition to running our own recycling centre, we also receive an allocation from the state government through the Perak Social Welfare Department.
“The management will organise a ‘Walk For Children In Need’ event on Sunday, March 29. The walk is inspired by a volunteer, Dr Shan Narayanan, a paediatrician at Hospital Fatimah, Ipoh. Funds collected from this charity event will go towards construction of the hostel,” Loke added.
Participation fee for the walk is RM10 for children and RM20 for adults, inclusive of a free event T-shirt. Readers interested to join in the walk, or donate towards the cause, may contact Loke Wai Loon at 05-311 1223.