If you have never heard of AUTORR, you are probably not the only one. This is all set to change later this year when the centre opens its doors to the public. AUTORR will be on everyone's lips, especially those of the senior citizens. A rather unusual name, AUTORR stands for the Aged Unite To Organize Rest and Recreation. It is touted to be the first rest and recreation centre in Malaysia specifically for senior citizens AND their families.
I had the opportunity to tour the site recently and came away overwhelmed by the passion and dedication of this small team of selfless individuals. They have literally poured their heart and soul into creating a haven for the older generation to enjoy their golden years. It's hard to think of a more noble cause.
More like a state-of-the-art clubhouse than an old folks’ home (which it is NOT), the AUTORR centre is a dream come true for Lin Chua, 64, founder and chairman of the AUTORR FOUNDATION, a non-profit, non-racial and non-religious organization. Lin is also the granddaughter of Yap Kwan Seng, the third and last Kapitan China of Kuala Lumpur.
The complex boasts a uniquely designed multi-function hall, eight training rooms, a guest lodge with five bedrooms, a cafeteria cum kitchen and, get ready for this, more than 30 toilets! “We want to make sure there’s a toilet within easy reach when the need arises,” explains Lin.
“Everything here is designed to be elder-friendly. There are ramps and railings everywhere, and tea corners at every turn where the old people can sit and sip tea, chat or meditate. We have also put a lot of thought into the landscaping. There is plenty of open space for quiet relaxation. All the flowers, palms and bonsai plants are carefully chosen to enhance the tranquillity of the surroundings.”
Built at a cost of RM7 million, the centre is 95% completed, one year ahead of schedule. Most of the funds were raised from public donations and bank loans. The AUTORR Foundation still needs RM500,000 for the centre’s last stage of completion. It does not receive any annual government grant. Donations to the AUTORR Foundation are exempted from income tax. (LDHN.01/35/42/51/179-6.5672).
The foundation also welcomes donations in kind. For a wish list of the items that the centre requires, please contact:
AUTORR Foundation (535857-D)
No.5, Jalan Bangsar Utama 3
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel / Fax No. : (603) 2282 2261
Mobile : 012-233 9836
Website : http://www.autorrfoundation.com/