KOBUSAK, Penampang – Shortly after the celebration of Mass on 9 July 2017, the Human Development Committee of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church here organised health screening and MyKad (Identity Card) services for the Catholic community of Kg Kobusak.
The health screening was carried out by KOSPEN Nosoob Baru and KOSPEN Kobusak.
These social services were part of the activities carried out in conjunction with the blood donation campaign held in collaboration with Likas Hospital Blood Bank unit. An estimated crowd of 150 people participated in the various programmes.
Despite only nine pints of blood were collected from the campaign held for the first time within the church compound, the organising committee is determined to promote the blood donation drive by planning to provide this service semiannually.
A total of 74 men, women and children aged 12 years and above came forward to have their MyKad (Identity Card) checked. While the majority were relieved to find their basic individual details in correct order, some were surprised to find their Kadazan ethnicity identified as Sino-native.
In view of its objectives to promote a greater awareness and practical action to protect rivers particularly among local communities, CLEAR (Community-Led Environmental Awareness for our River) was hands-on with the community present by displaying skill activity in soap-making using natural products, an interest well taken by the women group.
A personal approach and close cooperation with communities at grass-root level and the Basic Ecclesiastical Communities (BEC) will continue to be among actions identified for future programmes by the organising committee.– Jennifer Majalap