“The contribution is very meaningful to me as it could lessen the financial burden of expenditure in the upcoming month of fasting,” said Suriani Ismail, 38, one of the underprivileged families selected to receive aid via the Ziarah Kasih programme by Econsave aimed to help the needy in conjunction with the Ramadan month.
The story of Suriani, who is living with her five children at Kampung Tanggong, Silibin got the attention of the team at Econsave supermarket.
Suriani acts as the sole breadwinner of the family, raising five children including a pair of twin boys of one year and four months old.
“My husband is still undergoing treatment at Serenti Serendah Rehabilitation Centre from a year ago. I only conduct an online business selling telekung (prayer attire) with unpredictable income. My house rent costs RM400 per month.
“However, my twins receive aids of RM400 from Baitulmal (a Muslim funding body for the welfare of Muslims) and RM900 per month from the Department of Social Welfare (JKM). The aids received could cover the house rent and medical needs of my twins.
“My twins are still receiving follow-up treatment at the National Heart Institute, where one is diagnosed with hole-in-the-heart and the other with narrowed heart vessel and is currently using a battery-operated supporting tool.
Econsave North 2 General Manager, Chua Yong Chiang explained, “The management allocated collected funds from the Econsave Bakul Rezeki project to be distributed to the two selected families today. The contribution in the form of daily necessities is worth RM500 for each.
“Besides that, this is a corporate social responsibility programme of Econsave with long-standing success. We will continue such programmes in order to help the unfortunate from all ethnicities and religions,” he told reporters after the presentation of contribution to Suriani Ismail at Kampung Tanggong, Silibin recently.
Another recipient, Haslina Azmi, 44, is a single mother living in Kampung Sungai Tapah Tambahan, Manjoi with her four children. Her husband passed away three years ago from a road accident.
“I’m touched by the contribution from Econsave. This is a blessing for my children in conjunction with the Ramadan month. This contribution can last more than four months and will lessen my daily expenditure. Thank you to Econsave,” she said. Haslina works as a general helper at a kindergarten near her house with a monthly salary of RM150.
Present were Manager of Jelapang Branch, Shah Effendy Rosman and Econsave staff members.