PUTATAN – While most of us prefer to opt for an elevator or escalator, this inspiring group with Different Abilities (OKUs) was on a mission to climb the majestic Mount Kinabalu against the odds.
The climb which took place from January 8th to 12th witnessed 13 OKUs from around Sabah conquering the highest mountain in South-East Asia. However, only 10 people managed to finish the challenge.
For Retchiewana Tabisun, 23, his blind eyes are just one of the obstacles for him to surpass.
“If you do not dream big what is the use of dreaming. I have always wanted to achieve something in life and to climb the Mount Kinabalu was one of it. Now I can proudly say that I have achieved something,” he said to SayangSabah reporter during the presenting of certificates for the OKUs Climb Mount Kinabalu Challenge by the Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan at Youth and Sports Complex in Putatan, here today.
Hail from Sandakan, Retchiewana who lost his visions when he was still a kid believed that strong heart, body and mind; are an important combinations for one to succeed in life.
“I am the eldest from six siblings so I need to set good example to my other siblings. If I can do this, so can you. I want people to know that with hard work and determination anything is possible,” he said.
Tawfiq echoed the same sentiments that nothing is impossible in life. He said that one need to have focus in life for one to reach their goal.
“We need to dream big. Seeing how determined and dedicated the OKUs are, is such an uplifting and motivating experience for all of us.
“It made us realise that there is no excuse for us to achieve our goals if we put our hearts into it, like what we see today; how the OKUs have proven by embarking on this challenging programme,” he said. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah