Minister praises Caring For the Future Malaysia concept

KOTA KINABALU: Caring For the Future Malaysia (CFFM) has been applauded for embracing a holistic approach in transforming the lives of the children under its care.

Sabah Minister of Health and People’s Wellbeing, Datuk Poon Ming Fung @ Frankie hopes that other charity organisations will model after CFFM and learn from its holistic approach to community building.

“I admire the concept of behind Caring For the Future Malaysia (CFFM) that does not merely provide a home and feeding the orphaned, motherless, fatherless, abused and neglected children, but more importantly equipping and transforming these children to grow up with the right values of life by developing their self-esteem, living and social skills.

“This concept can successfully become a centre for social and welfare sustainability, both on the local and international level,” he said in conjunction with the CFFM’s fourth fundraising event – “Celebrating Friendship” charity concert featuring Japanese Pop singer Chiharu Tamashiro.

His speech was delivered by his assistant Norazlinah Arif, at the Sabah Theological Seminary (STS) Auditorium, on Saturday.

Frankie said, though CFFM idea is a brainchild of Mitsuhiko Abe, who is a Japanese, he is very happy to see Sabahans from all walks of life sharing the same vision and passion for the betterment of the future generation.

“Together they have put in much effort and time to make it a reality. It shows that we are progressing economically as well as socially, building strong communal bonds and values together in our nation as well as on an international level,” he said.

He then urged everyone to give their utmost support to make this noble mission and vision of CFFM a reality and a success in the years to come.

“Let us build a brighter and a more stable future for our generations to come and let’s together make it start with us now,” he said.

According to Frankie, it’s truly awesome to learn that throughout the years from the inception of CFFM many youths from Japan have come to participate in the projects, learning about life and at the same time sharing their expertise and technology with our local people for example, composting, bio-gas, hydro-power and others.

He noted that CFFM also serves as a training centre both to the children under its care as well as the locals living in the vicinity.

“Other welfare and education groups and organisations have also shown much interest to participate in CFFM’s projects.

“In time to come, I believe it will generate employment and opportunities for Sabahans,” he said.

“I also came to know that CFFM is very eco-friendly. Teaching the children under its care from a very young age on how to use, manage and preserve our land and natural resources. What an amazing legacy to leave behind for the future generations.

“I am also delighted to hear that CFFM’s projects help to empower the communities through its social welfare services, child sponsorship and child adoption programmes. Thus it embraces a holistic approach in transforming the lives of our people.

“Truly, this approach to welfare services is the first in the state as it transcends from being just yet another charity body to one of social whereby CFFM does not depend solely on society but also contribute and give back to the society,” he added.

As for the charity concert, Frankie said, it is well evident in the participation and collaboration of Japanese and local artists who have selflessly agreed to participate to make this event a success.

A total of 1300 guests attend the charity concert which was held at 2pm and 7pm, respectively.

By ERSIE CHELL ANJUMIN.

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