Firemen attend party for disabled children
THE STAR, April 4,

Thirty-Five volunteer firemen came a-calling at Taman Sinar Harapan in Kuala Kubu Baru near Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

But, thankfully, it was not to put out a fire.

The firemen came armed with stereo equipment, party hats and toys. The occasion was a party for 40 mentally handicapped children of the home.

The firemen from Federal Territory Voluntary Fire Brigade, entertained the children with sketches, dance and a guitar performance.

Later, RM 1,000 worth of toys were donated to the home. The visit was jointly organised by the Voluntary Fire Brigade and Lions Club of Kuala Lumpur West.

Voluntary Fire Brigade chairman K. Bala said the firemen wanted to help the less fortunate and create a sense of caring among members.

"In the past, we not only provided assistance and entertainment for such children but also to inmates of rehabilitation centres.

"I encourage the public to join service societies such as ours to help create a caring community," he said.

Taman Sinar Harapan deputy principal Nizam Kassim said although the home was supported fully by the Government, the public and service organizations should provide assistance in whatever way they can.

"The children need love and attention constantly like other children.

"As most of them will be spending their entire life in the home, it is important that they know there are people out there who care for them."

After the presentation, Taman Sinar Harapan staff were given a demonstration by the fire extinguishers during emergencies.

Taman Sinar Harapan opened in . It now houses 226 children.

The home, which has a staff of 90, comprises six dormitories, a play room, library, hydrotherapy pond and isolation ward.


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