The Taiping community, particularly its senior citizens, will get to enjoy the benefits of their very first Community Fitness Park at the Lake Gardens by the end of February.
Thanks to a RM20,000 contribution by OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (OCBC Bank) through a collaboration with the Rotary Club of Taiping and supported by the local council Majlis Perbandaran Taiping.
Speaking at the soft launching ceremony recently to mark the commencement of work, Rotary Club of Taiping President Ken Teh Kean Seong said the park will be especially useful to the elderly who regularly frequent the Taiping Lake Gardens.
The 520 sq ft park will be the first of its kind here and will feature a range of exercise equipment suited to virtually every part of the body. This is really a part of our ongoing effort to promote a higher level of fitness among the people of the area,” he said.
The equipment to be made available will include a power-up bike, body-twist machine, double-torso swing station, push-up body stretch machine, double-flexi walk machine and triple-up-down pull machine.
At the event today, members of Rotary Club and staff of the OCBC Taiping branch were on hand to set the stage for things to come by participating in group Tai Chi and Zumba sessions, with several children joining in the fun as well.
President Ken Teh said the initiative would not have been possible without the partnership with OCBC Bank.
“We are grateful for the partnership with OCBC Bank. On top of their financial contribution of RM20,000. OCBC Bank staff were on hand for today’s soft launch ceremony to demonstrate their support of the project for the long haul. We are truly thankful for the successful partnership and are looking forward to the completion of the park before the Lunar New Year,” he said.
According to OCBC Bank Taiping branch Senior Manager Mr Lim Chee Siang, the bank continues to strive to be more involved in the localities in which it operates and to become even more engaged in the community, going beyond simply providing superior banking products and services to meeting the social needs of the people as well.
“As a member of the Taiping community for 77 years now, since 1941, we are pleased to be part of this community park initiative that will be used for generations to come. OCBC Bank’s CSR efforts revolve around the community – so this initiative is very much a part of our ongoing effort to improve the lot of the family and elderly as well,” he said.
Yeap Thean Eng