| James Kon |
INDIVIDUALS or companies can permanently imprint their names in the history of the Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei, by sponsoring the construction for each of the 12 rooms in the ASD Intervention Centre to be relocated to Kg Mata-Mata by April next year.
The new ASD Intervention Centre is estimated to cost $111,400, therefore each classroom is expected to cost around $10,000, and will be named after the company who sponsored the classroom as a token of appreciation.
President of SMARTER Brunei, Malai Hj Abdullah bin Hj Malai Othman, said in a press conference yesterday that the organisation is hoping to raise enough sponsorship to relocate by April next year.
He revealed, “SMARTER Brunei’s ASD Intervention Centre needs to move to a new location in Kg Mata-Mata after the Ministry of Health revealed that the area is being planned for the future expansion of the existing Jubli Perak Health Centre, Sengkurong.
The Ministry of Health showed their empathy and informed us in late November that they will provide a better, bigger and more established location for our ASD Intervention Centre, he added.
“The location that was given to us is in the former Mata-Mata Clinic, which is a one-acre land, where one bungalow will be utilised as the Intervention Centre for the students. There are two abandoned buildings that will be demolished to clear the area for SMARTER. Once this area is cleared, we will be able to build our new and improved ASD Intervention Centre. Because of this, we will always be grateful and we truly appreciate the efforts, support, and assistance that the ministry is making for our society. We are also grateful for their compassion and understanding by allowing us to build, repair, modify as well as put up extension to provide an excellent early intervention centre for Autism,” Malai Hj Abdullah further explained.
According to Malai Hj Abdullah, the relocation and opening of the new ASD Intervention Centre is planned to be done by April 2, 2015, in line with the World Autism Awareness Day Celebration.
However, necessary renovation for the new centre must take place immediately in order for students to have sufficient time to familiarise themselves to the new environment. Therefore, the soft opening is planned to be held in the latter part of February or early March 2015, he added.
LSL Sdn Bhd has offered their support for the new centre by promising to build the new and fully air-conditioned ASD Intervention Centre, which would have 12 rooms, in which 10 will be utilised for classrooms, including Creative Arts Area and Library Area.
A larger and improved Sensory Processing Activities Area will also be allocated in the middle of the centre.
As proactive efforts to raise fund, SMARTER Brunei is selling its very own freshly-baked products from The SMARTER Washington Bakery that produces the 3C (cookies, cakes and candies).
The packaging concepts are creatively designed using recyclable materials that can be reused.
In addition, The SMARTER Brunei 2015 calendar is available for purchase to raise funds. It is hoped that the sales can generate $15,000 to be used for the renovation of the new building.