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Introduction to FWC

Family Wellness Club (FWC) held its first ever mega food fair with almost 30 booths on Sunday, December 27 at the St John Ambulance Hall, Ipoh to raise funds for year 2016. It was a heart-warming morning for families and friends who had brunch consisting of homemade Hainanese chicken rice, coffee, cakes and cookies. There was also a jumble sale of clothes, books, kitchen utensils and handicraft items.

Ipoh Echo had a one-on-one with the President of FWC, P. Mangaleswary to learn more about the non-profit NGO which to date has 40 members.

Established in March 2014, FWC aims to strengthen, support and empower the individual and family through education, coaching, counselling and support-group activities.

“The highlight for 2015 had been the taking off of the first part of Living Values Education Programme for children. UNICEF together with child psychologists came up with this programme and it’s being run in 8000 centres worldwide,” said Mangaleswary.

The second part of the programme would continue in January over the span of six weekends.

In March, FWC would be collaborating with National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN Perak) on a sex education workshop running on the theme, “I Am in Control” for teenagers.

“A pre-marital education and counselling for couples is in the pipeline and we hope to start latest in May. Meanwhile, we’ll organise programmes for Malaysia International Day of Families which falls in the month of November,” she added.

Readers interested to join as members or donate, kindly contact 05 242 6866 or email familywellnessclub@gmail.com.

Memberships are open to Perak residents only. Ordinary memberships are for those of 18 years and above. Teenage memberships are for those between 11 to 17 years with the consent of their parents. For both categories, there would be a one-time entry fee of RM10 and a yearly fee of RM20. Lifetime membership fee is RM200.

Mei Kuan

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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