Hope Place now turns attention to frontliners

Wan (second left) hands over hand sanitisers to head nurse Mary Kempo Tahak at Kolej Sains Kesihatan Bersekutu Kuching (KSKB) which serves as a quarantine centre.

KUCHING: Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Hope Place never fails to bring hope to those in need – the poor in particular – providing humanitarian and other forms of assistance.

This time around it has taken its charity work to a different level. The NGO is collaborating with the Federation of Chinese Association of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division to distribute food and basic necessities to frontliners and those at a quarantine centre during the movement control order (MCO) period.

Hope Place founder Kelvin Wan said that throughout the first week of the MCO period, items such as drinking water, food, face masks and hand sanitisers were contributed to the police on duty at roadblocks in Kuching, Kota Samarahan, Jalan Kuching-Serian and Jalan Muara Tuang.

“This small contribution is just a gesture of gratitude to the police for their dedication in keeping Kuching safe,” he said.

He said similar items were also given out to those at the quarantine centre in Kolej Sains Kesihatan Bersekutu Kuching (KSKB), Mile 13.

Goods being unloaded for distribution to those undergoing quarantine at Kolej Sains Kesihatan Bersekutu Kuching (KSKB).

“There are 600 people undergoing quarantine at KSKB and the government does provide three meals per day. However, we received a request that some patients needed extra food and water.

“So, we have handed them some drinking water, biscuits as well as face masks and hand sanitisers,” he said.

Kelvin thanked the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Kuching Chapter for sponsoring the hand sanitisers which have been distributed to the police on duty and those at the quarantine centre.

Meanwhile, the public, especially those who wish to make monetary donations to Hope Place, can bank into the NGO’s Maybank account at 5112-8900-1160.

Contact Hope Place at 082-505987 before deciding to donate. Its opening hours are from Monday to Friday at 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 8am to 12 noon. It is closed on Sunday and public holidays.