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Borneo360 ALIVE’s Guide To Maximising Your Free Time To Its Fullest

When we think of the phrase “free time”, it usually means to have (get) coffee at our favourite coffee shops, to go drinking at pubs and bars, laze on our couches at home and watch television, or simply just to rest; but instead of doing all that, have you ever wondered about the possibilities of accomplishing more for yourself as well as the society? From time to time, the 9 to 5 routine overwhelms us that we rarely consider the possibility of doing what we have always desired to do. Be it to increase our fitness, to pursue our hobbies and passions, to try new things, or to help contribute to the society; all these wishes are forced to be put in the back seat.

There nothing wrong with that, in fact, prioritising your career is very rewarding. Being productive and achieving your goals in work will give you a sense of fulfillment that is healthy to both mind and body. But what if we tell you that you can accomplish the same satisfaction in your free time? Kota Kinabalu has a lot to offer; there are many wonderful and invigorating activities that you can do in this tropical city. So to assist you in balancing work and leisure, here’s a guide to maximising your free time.

SPCA Kota Kinabalu
Currently looking for a piece of land to build a permanent shelter, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescues our furry friends and help care for them in the best way that they can. If you are an animal lover, SPCA Kota Kinabalu welcomes volunteers to clean, bath, rescue, transport and play with the rescued animals, usually cats and dogs at any time that they can.

Donations can be made as well, but a helping hand is more needed due to the fact that the animals increase every day. Their temporary shelter is at Lok Kawi now, so if you are nearby, why don’t help make a difference to these animals; who knows you might find a feline or a canine that you can adopt and give a happy home to. To contact them, you can
call Mr. Liew at 017-8119298.

Handprints (Toy Library)
Handprints is a toy library with collections of toys, games, play materials and DVD which can be loaned out to Special Needs Children like Dyslexia, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Global Development Delay, ADHD, ADD, Speech Delay and Cerebral Palsy so that through playing, their learning potential and sensory integration can be developed further. They also provide Autism Diagnostic Observation Scales (ADOS); a standardized assessment tool for screening and also helps in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is a structured and semi-structured observation tool that looks at a child’s social interaction, communications skills, play and behaviour. Their ADOS administrator is a medical doctor trained in ADOS administration. Every Saturday, they organize Children Play Group; it’s an activity where the kids are encouraged to play with the toys in the library and help in their development. How you can contribute to the society is by volunteering to participate in this activity and help the kids engage in a fun activity in hopes that it can help them develop better. To be a volunteer, you can contact Anna Chong at 016-4172298 or email them at handprintslib@gmail.com.

Befrienders Kota Kinabalu
An affiliate of Befrienders Worldwide, Befrienders Kota Kinabalu is a non-profit, Non-Government Organization (NGO) that provides emotional support services for the people of Sabah in times of their need. Their main objective is to reduce the suicide rate and offer their ears to whoever needs to confide in someone. They operate a telephone crisis hotline service for people who are suicidal or emotionally distressed; and will need Listening Volunteers to speak with troubled members of the public. Listening Volunteers are to undergo compulsory training and will be evaluated by senior volunteers before they can become one to ensure they empathize with the callers of the hotline and encourages them to voice out their problems. This volunteering work requires dedication and commitment. You will be heavily trained to listen and help people regardless of age, gender, or race in total anonymity, with confidentiality and without judgement. If you do have the time, contact them at befrienderskk@gmail.com and help
someone in their down days.

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