Yokuk marks 25 years of ‘designing joy’ for the needy

(L-R) Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim; Yokuk Foundation chairperson Suliana Shamsuddin Alia; minister of women, family, and community development Nancy Shukri; chairman of Sime Darby Foundation Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar; and member of the Governing Council for Yayasan Sime Darby Norma Hashim, at the Yokuk Foundation book launch yesterday.

PETALING JAYA: Yokuk Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan, has launched a book titled “Building a Caring Society by Designing Joy,” to mark its 25th Anniversary in Malaysia.

In her speech, Yokuk Foundation chairperson, Suliana Shamsuddin Alias said the NGO was grateful to all corporate sponsors, individual donors and partners who had enabled them through the years to create and sustain impactful projects that changed the lives of many for the better.

“Today, we proudly serve over 6,500 clients and their families, providing essential therapy and palliative care to the underprivileged and disabled communities in Kelantan,” she said.

Suliana Shamsuddin Alias says the Yokuk Foundation book titled ‘Building a Caring Society by Designing Joy’ was the brainchild of her husband Zaid Ibrahim for its 25th Anniversary.

She added that the book, encapsulating Yokuk Foundation’s 25-year history in Malaysia, was the brainchild of her husband, former law minister Zaid Ibrahim, who also authored the chapter on “Designing a caring society.”

In thanking the other authors, Hans Van Rostenberghe, Dr Fahisham Taib and Nik Ruziah Nik Salleh, she described the book on Yokuk Foundation’s work as a “manifestation of our collective efforts, our dreams, and our relentless pursuit of a better, more caring society.”

Yayasan Sime Darby was also acknowledged for sponsoring five palliative care and therapy teams over the past 10 years, and Yayasan Hasanah for supporting business entrepreneur projects for the OKU community.

Nancy Shukri (centre) flanked by Che Puan Sofie Louise Johansson Petra on her right and Suliana Shamsuddin Alias on her left.

She said notable milestones in Yokuk Foundation’s journey included the establishment of the Yokuk-CIMB Hydrotherapy pool as well as the Hippotherapy programme, introduced in partnership with the Malaysian Equine Council.

Suliana addressed a special thank you to women, family and community development minister Nancy Shukri, calling her “unwavering support” for the causes of women, families and community development “truly inspiring and invaluable to our mission”.

Yokuk Foundation’s book celebrating its 25th Anniversary in Malaysia.

Also present at the book launch held at the Sime Darby Convention Centre yesterday were Sime Darby Foundation chairman Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar, and Che Puan Sofie Louise Johansson Petra.


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