Submitted by pekwan on Monday, July 27th, 2009
Monday, July 27th, 2009 07:52:00
AN established movement for people confined to the wheelchair, or spinal wheelers as they are also referred to, Petaling Jaya-based Damai Disabled Persons Association of Selangor & WP (Damai), seeks your support.
“Our mission is to assist as many disabled persons as possible to live a normal independent life through our activities. These activities range from imparting jobrelated skills to education and to financial assistance.
“Since 1998, thousands of disabled persons have benefited from our activities,” its president, V. Murugeswaran said.”This year, our key objective is to obtain the support of corporate organisations to help us buy two vans to provide mobility for more than 150 Damai members.”This is because of the present condition of our public transport system, which is largely inaccessible speciallyto wheelchair users.”
To raise the funds needed, Damai is organising a charity dinner and show at the Holiday Villa Hotel Subang Jaya on Oct 3 2009.
Damai was established in 1998 to reach out to disabled people and to help them to be independent. It believes the disabled should not be confined to their houses, but come out and learns to be self-independent.
“At Damai, we help disabled individuals to cope with their disabilities,” Murugeswaran said. The Damai Training Centre provides computer classes, runs a wheelchair workshop and helps the disabled seek employment.
“Our primary objective is to educate people on the importance of living independently. We hope to unite disabled people, urban or rural, to realise our aim of creating an independent community that will be onpar with the rest of society,” he added.