February 15, 2018 | N. Trisha
MAHABU Kasa could not contain her joy after receiving a month’s worth of rations for her family.
The thought that this would go on for the rest of the year only added to the grandmother’s gratitude as her grandson Fairus Akma Ismail, 10, was one of the 40 pupils from SK Padang Besar Selatan in Kuala Perlis who received the Charity Right Malaysia food aid box.
“I’ve been taking care of my grandchildren after their mother left my son when they were still small.
“We are a family of farmers and live a simple kampung life with my son earning RM600 a month. Every three months, we make money from our crops.
“I want my grandson to study and become someone so that he does not need to worry about making ends meet.
“We must always want a better life for the younger generation and education is the key to progressing,” said the 60-year-old when met at the food aid delivery ceremony at the school recently.
Pupils checking out the products in the food donation boxes supported by Emel under the Melinda Looi Group of Companies.
The pupils received the food aid boxes from Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and his consort Raja Puan Muda Perlis Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil who were the guests of honour at the event.
Charity Right Malaysia advisory board chairman Mohd Ridzal Sheriff said the non-governmental organisation looks out for those in need and approaches the schools which will identify students who need aid.
“Our aim is to make sure children stay in school and we help with the motto ‘feeding to educate’.
“Our criteria is that the recipient has to attend school. We ask the teachers to keep tabs and make sure that they attend school regularly.
“If we find that the parents take them out of school throughout the year to work, we will withdraw the support and replace them with another recipient,” he said.
Mohd Ridzal said simple dry rations like rice, oil, flour, sugar and other healthy products enough to feed two adults and four children each month were given to each of the 40 pupils.
Pupils carrying away their food aid boxes after posing for a group photo with the sponsor.
“This is to ease the families’ burden each month for a whole year. The food will be delivered to the school which is in charge of distributing the sundries.
“We will try to continue it the following year based on our funds,” he said adding that they worked based on donations and funds raised through projects.
The food aid boxes costing RM70,000 for the 12 months, were funded by Emel, a socially conscious fashion initiative that offers an annual ready-to-wear baju Raya collection under the Melinda Looi group of companies, in collaboration with Ben’s Independent Grocer, DS Borneo and The Good Shop.
Melinda Looi group of companies founder and creative director Melinda Looi said each year they chose a different cause to support.
“This time we came across a Charity Right Malaysia poster and liked their initiative.
Mahabu and Fairus are pleased with their foodstuff.
“Last year’s baju Raya collection was food inspired, so we tried to match the cause this year with the collection.
“It is not just about supporting a cause but we want to raise awareness as well.
“Each year, we support a different cause and try and spread the word about their initiative so that others also become aware of them and reach out to support them in the future,” she said.
For further details and to connect with Charity Right Malaysia to support their projects, contact 03-7496 5660 or visit https://charityrightmalaysia.com/.
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