TUARAN: One hundred coconut seedlings has been planted today by youth volunteers during the iM4U programme organized by Sabah Puspanita for Tuaran Blind Centre.
55 trainees from Kent Teaching Education Institute (IPG), Tuaran, and the children of the families from the centre also help in cleaning the area and preparing handcrafts by painting coatings on the rattan baskets made by the centre’s community at Wallace Workshop Shelter.
Sabah State Government Secretary, Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, said the planting of 100 coconut seedling will help the centre’s residents in generating more income in the long run.
“We hope that the centre will be a one stop destination for tourists to see the crafts made by them and enjoy fresh coconuts,” he said during officiating the programme.
Sukarti who is also Sabah Puspanita advisor, hopes that the centre will introduce more interesting products in the future by planting other commercial plants to generate profits for its residents and Sabah Association for the Blind.
“I also hope for more agencies from the state and federal government and corporate bodies to come forward and contribute to the OKU communities so that they will not be sidelined from development,” he added.
He also said a reflexology centre has been planned to be built as a tourist attraction for the centre.
Meanwhile, the president of Sabah Association for the Blind, Datuk Rosalind Chew, said the construction of the reflexology centre will begin on September, where once completed it can accommodate 10 to 15 costumers at one time.
“The location for the reflexology centre is not far from the planting site and it will have a natural landscape for the visiting costumers to feel comfortable and refreshed,” Rosalind said, adding that the facility will offer both reflexology service and skills training for the visually impaired.
Also present were Sabah Puspanita chairman, Puan Sri Hairani Hussaini, and other honoured guests. – SayangSabah