Hop On in the City and Hop Off at Kellie’s Castle

A day of excitement for underprivileged children

There were cheers all around for some 22 children from EduFun and Rainbow Home recently when they were brought to experience the Hop-On Hop-Off ride. 

The programme was organised by Soroptimist International Ipoh (SI Ipoh) in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Meru Valley who had invited the children from Rainbow Home. 

The President of SI Ipoh, Kimberly Tan told Ipoh Echo that the bus ride aimed to cheer up the children after being so homebound due to the pandemic and continuous lockdowns. It was the best way to round up this year for them. 

The bus toured around the city and all the way up to Kellie’s Castle in Batu Gajah. 

The interactive activity, which is also an educational trip, can help strengthen the bonds between the kids and SI Ipoh members. 

“This gave all of us an opportunity to spend time with the kids, and a way to instill general knowledge on the city of Ipoh to them. The children and SI Ipoh members enjoyed the ride and at the same time found the trip to be educational and informative.

“The guide also created a very engaging and interactive atmosphere where the kids had the opportunity to learn through answering questions,” she explained. 

What is EduFun all about?

EduFun officially opened in 2012 with one goal: an educational outlet for underprivileged children who come from low income families at Bekor Flats. EduFun provides educational assistance for the children’s homework and helps to ensure that  they are engaged and healthy. There are two teachers to assist and nurture the kids. Members and teachers also provide afternoon tea such as Milo drinks and biscuits for them. 

EduFun is open daily from Monday to Friday, 2pm to 6pm. Kids above the age of six are welcomed to join, although it is currently still closed due to the pandemic. 

“SI Ipoh’s primary aim is to ensure the children are away from home problematic issues or unhealthy activities surrounding them in their home. We aim to provide a safe, educational and fun environment for the children, as well as an avenue for them to improve their wellbeing and to break free from the cycle of negative problems,” Kimberly stressed. 


Gisele Soo


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