Cerebral palsy centre in need of more funding for Wishes Garden
By Jude Toyat
Wishesland, a celebral palsy (CP) society is in need of more funds to build their new project, the ‘Wishes Garden’ and would like to have corporate sectors and individuals coming forward as donors and sponsors.
Wishesland secretary general Siow Wei Sheong said that the project initiated last year is expected to be completed in 2016 if they receive sufficient funding.
“Wishes Garden aims to create an environment that stimulates and balances CP children’s physical, cognitive and emotional growth, as well as to provide a platform for them and their family members to interact and share their feelings, before or after children had gone through the various activities in the centre,” he said when met during a press conference held at Bangunan Masja in Petra Jaya on July 2.
Wishes Garden was designed by landscape architect Clarice Chiong Sik Ing from Earthscape Inhabitant Sdn Bhd and will be located at the centre courtyard.
The garden will be divided into three areas, namely the ‘Wishes Welcoming and Social Zone’, ‘Wishes Sensory and Play Zone’ and ‘Wishes Meditation and Aromatherapy Zone’.
“The welcoming and social zone is designed for group activities and gatherings. Simple introduction of Wishesland and relevant information about celebral palsy will also be displayed here.
“Meanwhile, in the sensory and active zone, we will introduce mud, lawn and sand areas for children to play with as part of the sensory stimulation programmes. We will plant different flowers with different smells here. Other outdoor facilities include slopes, steps, bridges, a range of walking surfaces and parallel bars to aid in physiotherapy.
“The meditation and aromatherapy zone is for the children and family members to relax and converse in a calm and aesthetic setting. Specific design and park furniture in a semi-private setting will be designed for them to be together and share and care for one another. There will be a series of beautiful and carefully selected sculptures with family-theme displayed here,” he added.
Once it is completed, it will be the first therapeutic garden of its kind in Sarawak to provide children with celebral palsy and members of the public an avenue to relax their minds and bodies and a place to share good times with their families. It will also give an opportunity for the children to enjoy a more cheerful and prosperous life.
The estimated construction cost of Wishes Garden is RM400, 000. It will be fully funded by Wishesland via public donation and adoption programmes by multinational companies, both locally and internationally for the three main zones.
“Currently, we have about RM100,000, and we are looking for RM300,000 more from generous donors and sponsors,” he added.
Those who wish to help can contact Wishesland president Chi Poh Yung at 019-2288419 and 016-8899428, or call the centre at 082-252210.
Donations can also be credited into Wishesland Hong Leong Bank account number 01700336097.
At Wishesland, their aim is not only to provide the medical setting and facilities, but also to engage the natural environment as part of a healing ground for children and their parents.
Currently there are about 30 registered patients at Wishesland with two full-time physiotherapists.