Disabled who helps other disabled honoured
Published on: Friday, September 20, 2019
By: Lorena Binisol
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KOTA KINABALU: Wheel-chair bound since an accident in his teens, Fariz Abd Rani who championed the cause for people with disabilities was awarded by Rotary Club of Likas Bay (RCLB) at its 36th anniversary celebration. 

The founder of Inspirize Consulting and Orthovive Sdn Bhd in various related NGOs. These included KK Wheelchair Association (which he founded); a  member of National Council for Persons with Disabilities; member Access Auditor for Asean University Network – Disability & Public Policy Network; Council member of Sabah Cheshire Home, KK; Senior Facilitator for Disability Equality Training for Asia Pacific, Africa , Latin America and Japan International  Corporation Agency (JICA).

Experienced in medical devices for 17 years and founder of prosthetics, orthotics & medical device Company since 2009, he had contributed immensely to the cause of people with disabilities.

RCLB new President Leslie Yew appreciated the initiative by members in bringing out outstanding personalities who shine among the society in their own way.

Fariz, 40, was born normal and ambition to be a doctor. However, he met with an accident while in university.

“I suffered from spinal cord injury and was paralyse from waist down (paraplegic),” Fariz said.  He was thankful that an NGO like Rotary recognises his ability and efforts in giving hope to others like him.

Fia Iskandar a member of RCLB in her toast to guests, mentioned utmost appreciation to the club for being actively serving the community, citing an example set by the Rotary International contributing massively towards ‘End polio Now’ project.

“Every year, when we put in a small amount into The Rotary Foundation, the money is used in projects somewhere else in the world, Africa, Nepal.

We are all contributing in the name of End Polio Now, chipping in to a pool of money to buy vaccines to eradicate Polio in India, Pakistan, etc.

For me, being a member allows me to put my small contribution from Kota Kinabalu to make an impact across the globe, to people I don’t know but need my help,” said Fia in her speech, who is an aspiring motivational speaker.

With the theme, “Rotary Connects the World’, president Yew vowed to continue executing his obligation towards all the significant projects undertaken by the club, among other recognising personalities who make some impact for the society.

The event was graced by Jeff Yong, district governor 2019-2020. Also in attendance was sister club from RC of Lu Chow,  Taiwan led by its president Starex ChiuKuo Hsin.


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