While most of us think that climbing the stairs is a hassle, and prefer to opt for an escalator or elevator, a group of 18 People with Different Abilities (“OKUs”) are ready to climb Mount Kinabalu against the odds. The challenge, “A Climb Beyond Disabilities” (or the “climb”) is jointly organised by two Rotary Clubs in Malaysia – namely, the Rotary Club of USJ and the Rotary Club of Bandar Utama. The climb, which will take place from 13 to 17 October 2011, will witness 18 OKUs comprising of the blind, autistic, spastic and sufferers of Down syndrome from various homes and centres conquering the tallest Mountain in South-East Asia.
At a Press Conference ceremony by Vistage Malaysia CE-16 (“Vistage Malaysia”) today, Mr. Lim Ee Young, Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Yee Lee Corporation Berhad (“Yee Lee”), representing its subsidiary Sabah Tea Sdn. Bhd. (“Sabah Tea”) presented the Rotary Club with a cheque worth RM 20,000 to help raise funds for the various different OKU organisations. Some of the beneficiaries include the Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor and Federal Territory, Handicapped and Disabled Children’s Association of Klang, Selangor, the Malaysian Association for the Blind (“MAB”), among others.
Dato’ Jimmy, Chairman of the Committee organising the climb said, “To date we have reached far beyond our target as a Main Sponsor, our CE 16 members have pledged a total of RM 160,000. However our overall project target is to raise RM 500,000 for seven (7) OKUs organisations.”
Lim also commented during the press conference that, “It’s an inspiration climb and Sabah Tea is very honoured to be able to be part of such a meaningful activity. Seeing how determined and dedicated the OKUs are, is such a motivating and uplifting experience for us. For one thing, it made us realise that, there are no excuses for us not to achieve our goals if put our hearts to it, just like how the OKUs have proven by embarking on this challenging effort.”
Lim, a member of Vistage Malaysia through its subsidiaries Sabah Tea has donated RM 20,000 and Yee Lee Edible Oil RM 5,000. He has also contributed a personal donation of RM 5,000 to the fund.
“Sabah Tea believes in living healthy and participating in activities such as mountain climbing is a good physical exercise for participants as well as the volunteers. Through this climb, we believe that more people will be able to enjoy the serenity of the environment and learn to appreciate nature,” Lim added.
In addition to raising funds, the objective of this climb is to demonstrate to the world that OKU’s who are physically or mentally challenged, could still accomplish great feats, with self belief and conviction. In addition, the climb also provide an opportunity for those who would like to embark on a journey to change their lives; to spend more time exercising and embracing the importance of it, as well as for those who just enjoy spending time surrounded by nature, while helping out an admirable cause.
In closing, Mr. Lim said, “Sabah Tea is very excited about “A Climb Beyond Disabilities” which will take place in October. We hope this activity would trigger others to organise activities that are beneficial to the OKUs, as it does not just help them financially, but also to boost their spirits.”
The climb is mainly sponsored by Vistage Malaysia and supported by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Corporate Donor Organisations & their leaders as well as TV3.