Hope Place founder Kelvin Wan (front, centre) with staff and the students.

KUCHING: Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Hope Place opened its doors to four students from a higher learning institution to do volunteering and community work.

The four from SEGi College Sarawak will be required to fulfil 20 hours of community service. 

“These college students are studying Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology and one of their subjects, Curriculum Management, requires them to do community service.

“They will be helping in sorting, cleaning and displaying second-hand items to be sold at Hope Place’s charity centre. 

“Hope Place’s education and volunteering centre is where volunteers and students can learn to make recycled soap, handle second-hand items and do other community work,” a statement said on Monday (Sept 28).

Students from SEGi College Sarawak doing community service at Hope Place.

Hope Place has been working with higher learning institutions throughout Malaysia since 2016 — volunteering, internship, fieldwork course, awareness talks or doing research.

In the past, higher learning institutions such as UCSI, Sunway College, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Swinburne University had been involved in community and charity programmes together with Hope Place.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak also sends student interns every year since 2016.

“So far, more than 10 colleges and universities, as well as about 500 students, have been exposed to community work through their involvement with Hope Place.

“Even during the recovery movement control order, two private universities organised a virtual fundraiser with Hope Place, as part of their charity programme.”

Meanwhile, the public who would like to donate to Hope Place can do so via fund transfer to Persatuan Kebajikan Harapan Kuching (Maybank account number 5112-8900-1160).

Hope Place can be reached at 013-567 2775. Opening hours are from 8.30am to 5pm (Mondays to Fridays) and 8.45am to 12pm (Saturdays).