We are continuing to appeal to our readers and visitors to donate to our work of running two centres. The annual budget is RM120,000 (USD38,000) for 2014 and 2015 and will grow higher as we recruit more staff and take in additional trainees.

Please make payment to 'Persatuan Berdikari Seremban Negeri Sembilan' with your name and address on a cover slip so we can mail you our official receipt. All donations from April 1 2011 will be exempted from taxation by the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia. Please send the payment to:

The Treasurer, Persatuan Berdikari Seremban Negeri Sembilan, 381, Jalan Kenanga 1, Taman Bukit Chedang, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Thank you for your support.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

New Training Centre Officially Opened

The big day finally arrived, September 13, when all the preparations and hard work culminated in the successful opening of 381, Jalan Kenanga 1, Taman Bukit Chedang, 70300 Seremban, the address of our new training centre cum administrative office. The weather was great and from 10.30am invited guests started streaming in. At 10.50am our guest of honour, Yang Berhormat Dato Hajah Zainab bt Haji Nasir arrived slightly ahead of schedule. We spent some time chatting inside the air-conditioned Chedang Cafe until 11.15am when the ceremony officially began with Rev. Paul Christie welcoming the guests to be seated. Chairman Peter Yew delivered his welcoming address in which he acknowledged the great contributions from the Yamtuan and Tengku Ampuan Besar to the Menteri Besar for the support rendered to making this event a great success. He also stressed the need for both private and public sectors to play supportive roles to provide employment opportunities to the learning disabled after their training at PBSNS. He added that this opening ceremony is a fitting event to spur us forward to help the learning disabled to become self reliant or berdikari and become competent members of society.

The guest of honor gave her speech recognizing the important service provided by PBSNS for the disabled people in Seremban and urging greater support to be given. Following the speech she cut the ribbon at the entrance to the new centre and then proceeded to unveil the plaque laid prominently on the wall of the centre. She pledged a grant from the state government and agreed to have several group pictures taken before she began her tour of the centre which ended with a simple lunch at the Chedang Cafe, a training cafe for some of our trainees.

Below are a selection of pictures captured of this very significant milestone event of our society.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Four More Days ...

The countdown has started to the official opening of our new training centre on September 13. My staff and I with the vice chairman just ended a very detailed walk through on what need to be done on the event proper, from setting up the canopies, backdrop and other equipment on September 12 itself and 13 morning, to briefing the volunteers on their specific roles from ushering to traffic control, security and food management. Besides the guest of honor we expect president and directors of a few agencies to come for this event which we have invited the press to cover. Almost a year from its dedication we will now have its official opening. We pray for a good turnout and good weather as we commit our work to help the learning disabled. If you are unable to join us please remember our work in your prayers. Thank you.