A team of eight staff from Perak Community Specialist Hospital (PCSH), led by Pharmacist, Ms Alexis Choong, visited Pertubuhan Pengurusan Pusat Jagaan 1 Malaysia (PPPJ1M) on August 17, armed with several boxes of foodstuff and daily needs items and an itinerary full of fun activities to engage the children for the day.
The foodstuff and daily needs items which included a variety of biscuits, milk powder, rice, cooking oil, cleaning agents, diapers, toys, colouring books and writing materials were all contributed by PCSH staff during a three-week internal donation drive which ran from July 18 till August 9.
PCSH, being a not-for-profit hospital that provides quality yet affordable healthcare especially to the sick amongst the unde-privileged and lower rungs of society, is always ready to extend a charitable hand to assist needy causes as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme – giving back to society.
PPPJ1M was chosen as a worthy cause as it is a non-profit organisation that cares for orphans and helpless children who have nowhere else to go. Operating on a “Muhibbah” style sanctuary, the organisation offers the children – irrespective of their ethnicity – protection, guidance and a chance to develop into responsible healthy adults who would become future assets to the community.
The centre’s 33 children, ranging from two to eighteen years, very quickly warmed up to the cheerful and friendly demeanour of the PCSH staff. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves, bursting into peels of laughter as they actively took part in the activities planned for the day which included:
- Aerobic dance as a warm-up exercise
- Hand hygiene demonstration with mascot and dance
- Motivational as well as nutritional talks for 11-19 year olds
- Healthy lifestyle and healthy diet colouring session for 2-10 year olds
- Scoliosis and flat feet checking
- Testing of height, weight, eyes and colour blindness
PCSH also provided a complimentary buffet lunch for the children. After their meal, a group photography session followed and goodie bags were distributed. By the time the team packed up to go, several of the children were so attached to the staff that they were literally clinging onto them, refusing to let go.
For those who wish to make a donation of cash, foodstuffs or daily need items or to make further enquiries, can call up Pertubuhan Pengurusan Pusat Jagaan 1 Malaysia (PPPJ1M) at: 05 546 9577 or 012 200 9577 or drop by for a visit at No. 152, Jalan Dato Lau Pak Khuan, Taman Ipoh, 31400 Ipoh.