The Rotary Club of Kuching Central recently awarded Mr. Edward Ong, a coffeologist, the Vocational Service Award for 2020-2021. President Wong Chen Yi presented Mr. Edward with the award, witnessed by Assistant Governor Jong Kiam Ngee and Vocational Service Chair Rtn. Roland Phang.
The award was in recognition of his efforts to assist the interior farmers of Sarawak by promoting coffee planting as another source of income. He explained his journey of how he began from a coffee newbie to visiting villages all over Sarawak to promote the economic benefits of planting coffee. Mr. Edward also brought coffee samples harvested from the farmers for the club members to learn more about coffee. His brief talk was greeted with many enthusiastic questions and club members were keen to find out more, as well as to visit a coffee farm in the future.