As we have done in the past, the race aims to raise money for deserving underfunded projects. This year, we are aiming to raise a minimum RM 40,000.00 for at least 2 worthwhile community projects. These include two daycare centres for underprivileged and handicapped children: Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti (PDK) and House of Joy, both serve as holistic care centres in the form of vocational training and job placement for the disabled and underprivileged.
The House of Joy Double Blessing Caring Society (also known as Persatuan OKU Kuching), registration no. PPM-038-13-05012016, was established in 2015, by a brother and sister team from Kuching who believe that “Instead of giving them fish, we teach them how to fish”, in collaboration with Joyce Agape Ministries, Taiwan. The House of Joy provides holistic care in the form of vocational training and job placement, and has four (4) main objectives:
No. 34 Lorong 22 Jalan Stapok
93250 Kuching, Malaysia
Tel: 082-549 262
The PDK Petra Jaya (Community Rehabilitation Centre), was established on September 1st, 2003 upon requests and concerns by individuals, family members as well as the local community to care for their disabled and special needs children, especially for those nearby Semariang, in Petra Jaya. Initially, 38 special needs children were registered, supported by the Social Welfare Department, aided by active involvement of parents and the local community.
PDK functions not only as a platform of activities and encouragement for special needs children, but it also serves to actively train the trainers as well as parents, in dealing with their special needs children. The Centre is run by a committee made up of parents of special needs kids, government officers, the Social Welfare Department, medical officers as well as nurses, Education Department, as well as other non-governmental organizations. As the centre grows and expand, it requires a larger space to accommodate more special needs children, as well as staffs and trainers. The centre has been on the move, and on April 1st, 2017 they have based themselves at No. 95, Simpor 2A Road, Taman Harimas. The rising cost of materials and rental fees (RM 2000 per month) means that the PDK has to constantly seek funds to sustain itself.