The second of the four invalid Francis brothers passed away on September 19. Lawrence Francis, 34, was a cerebral palsy patient along with his three other siblings. Elder brother, Morgan Francis, 36, died in his sleep in May 2010. They, with the exception of Patrick Francis, 41, who moves about in a wheelchair, are confined to bed as they are incapable of bodily movements due to their conditions.
The Francis brothers were adopted by the Y’s Men’s Club of Ipoh since 2007. The club sees to the siblings’ needs such as: food, clothing and limited financial support. Members of the club visited the bereaved family recently to hand over some much needed necessities.
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Anusha Rajendran, 18, was the toast of a dinner hosted by Y’s Men’s Club Ipoh and held at MH Hotel Ipoh, recently. Anusha of Main Convent Ipoh scored 10 As in last year’s SPM examination. She was among the top students of the school.
As a daughter of a Y’s Men’s Club member, Anusha was eligible for the club’s bursary award which is given to children of members who do exceptionally well in public examinations.
Anusha’s father died of leukemia in 2008 and is presently under the care of her mother, a teacher. She aspires to be a doctor and has applied for a JPA scholarship to do medicine at one of the medical colleges in the country.
The award, though small, will set Anusha on the path to realising her dreams.
The Orang Asli settlers of Kampong Ayer Denak, Tronoh played hosts to members of Y’s Men’s Club Ipoh and the Perak Malayalee Association recently. The villagers, numbering some 600-odd, turned up in force to welcome their guests, who were on a tour to better acquaint themselves with the living conditions of the Orang Asli there.
Village chief, Tok Batin Ariff bin Ngah Omar was on hand to receive the visitors. They were then introduced to the village action committee made up of members of the community. The day-long programme ended with the handing over of food parcels by the visitors to the villagers.
It was an enlightening day for members of the two organisations. They plan to visit similar villages in Tapah and Chemor in the near future.
Y’s Men’s Club of Ipoh organised its “Spelling Challenge 2013” for the second year running at YMCA Ipoh recently. The objective was to promote spelling skills among students besides cultivating teamwork and instilling the spirit of competition in them.
Twelve primary schools with a total of 36 students took part in the challenge. The panel of judges was headed by Udaya Banu of UiTM (Perak) Tapah.
The 4-hour contest was keenly fought. SK Marian Convent, Ipoh was eventually adjudged the winner. Its speller, Gladys Yau Yeang-Ai won the first prize of RM50. Runners-up were Kavitha Thiaga Rajan of SK Tarcisian Convent and Maximus Maurice of SK St Michael 2.
Since the response was good, the club will continue with this challenge next year.
An English spelling contest was organised recently by Y’s Men’s Club, Ipoh as part of its on-going community project. The event, held at YMCA Ipoh, saw keen participation by 13 primary schools from within the city. A total of 39 students took part in the contest whose objectives were to improve the spelling skills of students and to encourage competition among them.
Udaya Banu and his team of judges had difficulty in picking the winners as the participants’ spelling skills were high. Sarah G from SRK Marian Convent won the individual category while Wong Jun Sen of SRK Methodist (ACS) and Rossan V of SRK La Salle were the runners-up. Overall champion went to SRK Marian Convent with the most number of points.
The club has other community-related activities planned for the coming months. Of interest is the Charity Walk for Healthy Heart and Jumble Sale on April 21 and the Children’s Colouring Competition on May 5. For details call K. Letchimanan at 012-5381939.
Y’s Men’s Club of Ipoh celeberated Chinese New Year with a sumptuous dinner at a leading Chinese restaurant in Ipoh Garden East recently. The mandatory “yee sang” toss was done with the eager participation of all members present. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of cash awards to two members’ children who scored 6As in their 2011 UPSR examination. The following day members, led by their president, visited the three surviving cerebral palsy afflicted Francis brothers in Lim Gardens, Ipoh. The club has been donating in kind to the Francis siblings since their plight was made known to the public several years ago. A fund-raising programme, an initiative by senior members of the club, is in the pipeline to help the poor and the destitute in the state. It will begin with a jumble sale to be held in conjunction with the Sultan’s birthday in April. Details on the club’s year-round programme and activities can be obtained from K. Letchimanan at 012-530 1939.
Y’s Men’s Club of Ipoh took time off to entertain two of their foreign counterparts recently. Bent Junker-Hansen, 72, and Ruth Elizabeth, 68, are from Bjert, Denmark. Their visit was of significance as it was ahead of Visit Perak Year 2012, which is just around the corner. The couple was met on arrival at KLIA by members of the Kuala Lumpur chapter and driven to Ipoh.
While in Ipoh they were taken to all the touristic spots listed in the city’s travel brochure, including trips to outlying Kuala Kangsar and Taiping. They also visited the day care centre run by the Society for the Promotion of Mental Health in Ulu Kinta and were briefed accordingly.
The couple was impressed with what they saw and promised to pass the word around when back home in Denmark.
More than 50 children participated in a 1Malaysia’s art colouring competition held at the YMCA Ipoh recently. The children, age between four to fifteen years, were divided into three age groups.
They included children from Hannah Home for underprivileged children and Sikh Single Mothers Association Ipoh (SIKHMAI). The parents were seen to be more excited and restless than the children who were drawing.
The event was organised by Y’s Men’s Club of Ipoh under their community service project. Charanjit Kaur, organising chairman, said that the event was an annual affair.
All participants were given prizes and lunch packs.