Rapha Children’s Home holds charity dinner to raise money for new building

Fundraising event: The charity dinner which saw many organisations and philanthropists including businessmen contributing to the construction of the new building.

KUANTAN: Moses Lim was 12 when his mother sent him and his younger brother to a relative’s house.

Lim said his mother promised to give RM1,000 monthly for school fees and other daily needs.

But the money did not come. Soon, they lost contact with her.

“My grandmother has to support us but because of her old age and limited funds, could not take care of us for long.

“A pastor then recommended us to be sent to Rapha Children’s Home.

“Our lives changed for the better and we were taught to be independent and care for others in similar situations,” he said in relating his past experiences on stage during the welfare home’s fund-raising dinner recently.

Lim said both his brother and him had been staying in the home for the past seven years, together with 44 other children.

He said they were all grateful to supervisor Grace and Sonny Yeap for their guidance and love in raising them like their own children.

Currenty, Lim is studying civil engineering in Politeknik Sultan Ahmad Shah, Semambu.

The charity dinner saw a good turnout with many organisations and philanthropists coming forward to support the worthy cause.

Among them were businessmen Datuk Seri Foo Yong Hing and Datuk Chong Chin Fung.

Foo donated RM10,000 while Chong gave RM5,000.

Also present during the dinner were Kuantan MCA division chief Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker, Indera Mahkota MCA division chief Datuk Jack How and Kuantan Chinese Associations deputy chairman Datuk Soon Shy Chwan.

Meanwhile, chairman Alex Chow said the home started its operations in 1998.

Chow said the main purpose of the dinner was to raise some funds to build a new building.

He said the home depended largely on public donations to look after 25 boys and 21 girls, aged between three and 18, from broken, divorced and poor family background.

“We have six full-time staff and our annual expenses is about RM240,000.

“The new building will provide a healthy and more conducive environment for the children to grow up and become responsible citizens,” he said.

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