The Lions Club of Ipoh Host recently donated a home to Ray of Hope, a non-profit centre set up to cater for individuals with learning disabilities.
Known as the Lions Home it was presented to Ray of Hope Chairman Datin Mary Yeoh by Lions Club of Ipoh Host President Emily Kong Phooi Lai, during its 51st Installation of President and Board of Directors 2016 / 2017 event at Ipoh City Country Club last Saturday night August 13.
Chairman Yeoh said the Home besides being used to run as a Child Care Center for intervention and rehabilitation program for people with learning disabilities will also be used to provide training for the young adults with a higher level of Independent living.
“The modules conducted in this independent living program will require them to learn how to cook their own meals with minimum supervision.
“The young adults will be given character and team building exercises to help them to live harmoniously together in a community.
“This is a long term program for these young adults and while ongoing will provide the parents some respite time” said Yeoh.
The premises of the Lions Home, located at Bercham,was donated to the club since 1992.
However it was not till 2011, during the time under past President Foo Wan Shoon who encouraged its members to fulfill the need for a home and identified the Ray of Hope as a beneficiary.
It was with sheer perseverance and determination and after amendments to the club constitution that the title was transferred to the Lions Club of Ipoh Host in February this year.
The handing over of the Home to the Ray of Hope last week was a journey that took 25 years to reach fruition.
The night’s event was also the clubs 51st installation function and coincided with the Centennial Year of Lion’s clubs worldwide.
Three new Lions were installed during the night taking the membership to 53. According to President Kong the club has the most Bumiputera and Sikh members making it the most Muhibbah of Lions clubs.