In 2006, Sunway Group started assisting the Kelas Khas or special education class established in one of its six adopted schools, SMK Bandar Sunway for students with learning disabilities. It was when G.O.L.D (an acronym for Generating Opportunities for the Learning Disabled) began as a parents support group in the same year. Learning disabilities include disorders affecting learning such as Down syndrome, autism, hyperactivity and William’s syndrome.
Sunway Group has since supported G.O.L.D, a non-governmental organisation helping special students maximise their potential and become contributing members of society. GOLD is based at Kompleks 3C Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya.
These special students were also selected for the Sunway Job Training and Placement Programme for Special Students which commenced in February 2006 and is endorsed by the Ministry of Education Malaysia. The programme provides the special students with job training and exposure thereby developing and equipping them with skills that they can use for future employment.
On-the-job training is provided at Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway Pyramid, Sunway University and Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa. This real-world experience under supervision by experienced personnel inculcates confidence, independence and social skills in the students.
To date, some 100 students from various ethnic backgrounds have graduated from the programme.
CSR Bowling for Special Students
Sunway also focuses on developing the motor skills and building the character of the special students. Since 2007, the Group organises sports activities including CSR Bowling for them to practise under qualified coaches at Sunway Pyramid every Tuesday. Those with potential have even progressed to represent Selangor in the national-level Special Olympics. Thus, the bowling practice added an element of fun for these students as they acquire valuable, real-life and industry standard training.
Hearts of G.O.L.D Project
Sunway Group and Jeffrey Cheah Foundation collaborates with G.O.L.D (Generating Opportunities for the Learning Disabled) with the pledge of RM100,000 to fund and develop an ongoing social enterprise business model for the learning disabled.
With the collaboration, Sunway University’s Sunway Institute for Social Entrepreneurship (SISE), on behalf of the Foundation, has been assisting the Hearts of G.O.L.D project to develop programmes and business plans which will equip special-need youths with skills that will sustain them through life.