KUCHING: Hock Seng Lee (HSL) recently announced a multi-year deal with several charity organisations to help the new La Promenade Mall create a community space for beneficial social activities.
In a statement today, HSL said a fit-out has begun for the first charity lot allocated to Hope Place which will operate a ‘Human Resource and Leadership Centre’ on the mall’s fourth floor.
The initiative will be the fourth collaboration between HSL and Hope Place.
“We like to work with Hope Place because of the important work the charity body does every day. Hope Place raises a huge amount of funds for the poor, distributing food to society’s most needy, and recently, it has been contributing necessities to areas placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO),” said HSL senior leasing manager Trish Lui.
It said that Hope Place intends to use the centre at La Promenade to provide training for volunteers and the underprivileged.
“We want to train and empower the next generation of community workers. We also want to help the poor help themselves. After their training, we hope they can embrace challenges in life,” said Hope Place president Chong Hai Eng.
“We hope to see this centre as a melting pot where anyone who walks in would feel secure and valued for who they are, and where they will be given a fair chance to learn and grow.
“It is a place of empowerment. In addition, this place will serve as another information centre for our work. The public may also drop off donations here,” he said.
HSL has been a regular sponsor of Hope’s food aid programme. The construction specialist has contributed to Hope’s house rebuilding programme. Over the movement control order (MCO), HSL’s marketing team created a fundraising video for Hope Place.
HSL is also sponsoring two shops at Eden Centre, Mile 12, Jalan Kuching-Serian for Hope Place to build its second Kedai Bajet.
In total, HSL is providing nearly 10,000 sq ft rent-free spaces valued at about RM18,000 a month.
HSL’s new La Promenade Mall will also house Bodhi Counselling Centre, Sarawak Women for Women Society, Helping Hands Penan, and the Intellectually Disabled Adults Society.
For all the charities, HSL is also sponsoring their fit-out and renovation costing a total of RM350,000.