Sharity of Hope president Audrey Koh (right) receiving donations from AMC college students for the "Kampung Terian Fun Day" programme to be held on May 30, in Kota Kinabalu. Pix courtesy of Audrey Koh

KOTA KINABALU: Fifty three underprivileged children from far-flung Kampung Terian in Penampang will have the opportunity to buy their favourite books at the upcoming Big Bad Wolf book sale here.

This was made possible with the help from a non-governmental organisation Sharity of Hope which raised funds and sponsorship for the “Kampung Terian Fun Day” programme here on May 30.

Its president Audrey Koh said the organisation hopes to uphold education equity for all children especially those from the less privileged background.

“Education is the key and books are the gateway to information. We would like all children to fall in love with reading because it strengthens the language while widening their knowledge.

“It lays the foundation for creative and critical thinking which our kids really need to face the challenges of 21st century learning,” said Koh, who is also a teacher.

The Big Bad Wolf sale, will be held between May 30 and June 9 at Sabah Trade Centre and is offering discounts up to 90 per cent.

Kampung Terian is located some 30km from Donggongon town in Penampang.

It can only be accessed by using four-wheel-drive vehicles through a dirt road and also takes six-hour by foot to reach.

The overnight trip involving the children will see them stay at the Kipouvu Homestay.

Apart from the book sale, the children will also visit the newly opened library at Tanjung Aru where Assistant State Education and Innovation minister Jenifer Lasimbang will do a storytelling for them.

Their trip will continue to the Cocoa Kingdom for short tour before they return home.

Koh added to date they have raised RM3,000, goodie bags and several items from generous donors for the children.

“Among them include AMC college students who collected funds to buy the kids hula hoops, badminton racquets and shuttlecocks, as well as other sports equipment,” she said.