By Mei Kuan
The Home for the Aged (CWS) Simee in Ipoh, a non-profit organisation registered with the Welfare Department, launches an Adoption Programme which begins this month.
It is aimed to raise the annual expenditure of the home along Jalan Kompleks Sukan which amounts to RM500,000.
Established in 1952, the home provides shelter to scores of homeless and abandoned elderly people regardless of race and religion. Residents stay free of charge and are provided daily meals and medical care.
Currently, there are 45 residents with an average age of 80 years old.
On the Adoption Programme, donors can opt for the following options:
- One-time donation of RM100 or above – donor will receive an official receipt / tax exemption receipt.
- One-time donation of RM1,000 or above – donor will receive an official receipt / tax exemption receipt and e-certificate.
- Annual donation of RM1,000 or above – donor will receive an official receipt / tax exemption receipt, e-certificate and naming on the adoption programme plaque.
The tax exemption receipts will be issued by the legal custodian of the home, Catholic Welfare Services.
Rt Rev Dato’ Seri Sebastian Francis, the Titular Roman Catholic Bishop of Penang, explained that the home is unable to hold fundraising activities, including its biannual Family Day Food Fair, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In addition, the home loses its main source of income as the number of walk-in donors decreased drastically due to the restriction of the Movement Control Order. The monthly expenses of the home showed a continuous deficit.
“We are launching an Adoption Programme to raise this amount yearly, so that the elderly can have shelter and a peaceful life during their twilight years.”
For more information, readers can reach the home at 05-5473252. Its office operates from 8.30am till 5.30pm daily including weekend and public holidays.