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Tuesday, November 09, 2010, 07.58 AM

Centre needs young volunteers


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The children looking  at the toys and books as  Liow (with cap),  Thomas (third from left) and other volunteers watching over the children.
The children looking at the toys and books as Liow (with cap), Thomas (third from left) and other volunteers watching over the children.
KUALA LUMPUR: Young people are welcomed to volunteer their time at the D'Reading Room in Taman Bukit Angkasa in Bangsar come year-end school holidays.

Rebecca Thomas, 46, who started the centre in her neighbourhood in June this year is overwhelmed with children from underprivileged and dysfunctional homes coming to her instead of going to school.

For fear that they may turn into street children and juvenile delinquents, Thomas is appealing to the public, especially college students, to volunteer their time with the children with some learning activities.

Thomas works as a private tutor for children with learning disabilities during the day.

In her spare time, she gives the neighbourhood's children a place they can call their own.

"The children aged 4 to 12 come from families where there is much verbal abuse," she said. "As such, they loiter around doing nothing outside of the home."

When D'Reading Room was launched this year, 12 children started coming to the centre where they either played with toys and their friends here or learned to read books.

"They also come here to do their revision during the exams," she said. Over the past few months, volunteers have donated chairs, tables, books and other household and educational items.

Recently, a volunteer, Liow Ren Jan and his family donated books, toys and a microwave oven to the centre. "It is good to expose my children to help them learn to appreciate the life they are enjoying," he said.

Liow, whose company produces the Sri Kulai microwave-able halal food also brought along a carton of the food for the children. "We came to know about D'Reading Room through a friend," he said. "My company will continue to give them support."

Thomas, who has lived in Bukit Angkasa for nearly 44 years of her life, said D'Reading Room needs materials for reading, art and craft, and other support materials like blocks, charts and toys.

"I also need a computer with a printer so that I can go further with these children on a one-to-one basis. It will also allow me to do my administrative work."

The kitchen utensils that she hopes to get are an oven for baking cakes and cookies, a cake or bread mixer and some non-stick baking trays as well as non-stick frying pans or pots, a medium-sized rice cooker and a water dispenser which provides both hot and cold water.

D'Reading Room is located at 14-3-12 Jalan 5/112A, Taman Bukit Angkasa, off Jalan Pantai Dalam. For details, call Thomas at 016-2207 091.


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