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Reaching Out to the Differently Abled

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By Mei Kuan

Perak Community Specialist Hospital (PCSH), in joint collaboration with Pru One Agency (Prudential Assurance), initiated charitable visits to two handicapped children’s welfare homes to reach out to the differently abled via presentations of financial aid and daily essentials.

Held on Sunday, July 26, the initiative was led by CEO of PCSH, Nicholas Chan and Chairman of Pru One Agency, Yang Kar Ming. Present was Dr Seow Chu Tai, General Surgeon of PCSH.

Among the major donors were Yang Kar Ming and wife, Dato’ Justin Lim Teik Yin (Thai Oasis), Dato’ Dr Andrew Chua Seng Boon (gastroenterologist)  Matthew Leong (K. C. Leong Automobile), Suzanne Yang (SYG Agency), Andrew Chew (Chew Chit Boon Sdn Bhd), Yap Tah Wai (HTM Pharmacy), Lee Sau Yoong and Yang Ka Mong.

Both welfare homes received a cheque of RM15000 each with the latter presented with an additional sum of RM1000 from Dato’ Justin Lim Teik Yin. Daily essentials comprising rice, noodle, cooking oil, cream crackers, canned food, nutritional drinks, pillows, adult diapers, toilet rolls and washing powder among others were also distributed to each home.

Perak State Handicapped Children’s Home (Batu Gajah)

“Established in 1968, this is a non-profit and charitable NGO housing residents hailing from all over Malaysia. To date, there are 42 residents with ages ranging from 8 to over 60 from multi ethnicities. We are taking care of these special children (OKU) who are in a very critical stage by providing optimum service and comfort living 24 hours daily. The totally dependent residents have multiple disabilities ranging from physical, mental, slow learners, down syndrome and epilepsy among others. The monthly operating cost of the home ranges from RM25,000 to RM30,000 to pay for workers’ allowance, meals for residents, utility bills, household appliances and maintenance of the building,” explained Sivalingam Ramasamy, Chairman of Perak State Handicapped Children’s Home located along Lorong Aman in Batu Gajah. Readers who would like to lend a helping hand can channel their contribution to the bank account number 5081 1370 1886 (Maybank – Rumah Kebajikan Kanak-kanak Cacat Negeri Perak). Welcoming volunteers, the home can be reached at 05 3656197 or at the address JKR 511, Lorong Aman, 31000 Batu Gajah (its office operates from 9am till 5pm daily).

“Started about 20 years ago, the non-profit organisation currently provides shelter for 20 residents of all ethnicities from children to adults who have no parents, no family or are abandoned. The home depends solely on public support without any governmental subsidy. The residents are physically and mentally challenged. The home is in need of monetary donation most especially during the pandemic to pay for house rental, utility bills, medical bills of the residents and the helpers. The monthly operating cost is about RM25,000,” Mary, representative of the Handicap Children’s Welfare Home along Jalan Pasir Puteh, shared. The home welcomes volunteers too. Readers who would like to contribute can do so via the 0803 0018981 05 2 (CIMB – Persatuan Kebajikan Rumah Orang Kurang Upaya). One can also drop by the home which runs for 24 hours at 611, Jalan Pasir Puteh, 31650 Ipoh or call 05 321 5134.

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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