Community Effort to Serve the B40 Group’s Underprivileged Children

Regency Specialist Hospital, Happy Riders Connect, Sultan Ismail Library and Ranhill SAJ team formed a collaboration effort to clean up the community park and set up a reading kiosk for the children

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Children gathered at the cleaned community park at Kampung Sulaiman Menteri

Regency Specialist Hospital (RSH) had collaborated with Happy Riders Connect and Ranhill SAJ team as a joint effort to clean up the community park and reading kiosk at Kampung Sulaiman Menteri, Johor Bahru on the 18th of December in conjunction with RSH’s 12th-year anniversary celebration.

The book kiosk was developed by Happy Riders Connect and staff from Sultan Ismail Library. The mission is to bring books to the playground for the underprivileged children (Group B40) and low-cost housing residents in the surrounding area. It is hoped that this collaborative effort will be a powerful way to guide the underprivileged children to read independently, improve their reading abilities, which will open more doors and opportunities for them to become future leaders.  The library kiosk also enables children to borrow the books to read freely in their free time, to embrace reading habits, achieve better literacy, and divert their attention from engaging in dangerous bike racing activities to a safer and meaningful reading hobby.

Community Effort to Serve the B40 Group’s Underprivileged Children
Regency Specialist Hospital (RSH) had collaborated with Happy Riders Connect and Ranhill SAJ team to clean up the community park

RSH, Happy Riders connect, and Ranhill SAJ team thoroughly cleaned the reading and playground compound as this reading kiosk was closed down for almost 2 years due to the pandemic in order to safeguard the safety of the public. COVID-19 SOP compliance awareness education was briefed by the Department of Infection Control from RSH. Hygiene Kit that includes washable face masks, disposable face masks, mini hand sanitiser and hand sanitising wipes were also distributed by RSH to the B40 families living nearby.

According to Serena Yong, CEO of Regency Specialist Hospital, “The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) assisted in sending SOP monitoring officers to the venue to ensure good social distancing practices. All of these efforts are in line with the “Johor Bersama” initiative driven by the hospital, which is to work together to support each other and enable the community around RSH to be lifted, rise and get support when the economy is slowly recuperating again.”

Community Effort to Serve the B40 Group’s Underprivileged Children
The reading programme is conducted every 2nd week of Saturday, from 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm

The location of this reading kiosk is located @ Taman Permainan Jalan Bunga Melati, Kampung Dato Sulaiman Menteri, 81100, Johor Bahru. The library kiosk is open to the public every Saturday, from 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm. The reading programme is conducted every 2nd week of Saturday, at the same timing. Apart from lending books to the B40 group’s children, storytelling, reading bubby, and educational games that avoid physical interactions will also be organised from time to time with SOPs in place.

The public can participate by becoming book donors or joining as education volunteers to support this CSR programme. Please visit https://marimembaca.my/donation.php or contact Puan. Allysha (+6011 3175 7803) for more information.