Poor pupils to swipe card for aid

Financial and moral support: Supramaniam (left) presenting the Rotary Kasih smart card tag to 50 pupils of SJK (T) Kajang.

THE Rotary Kasih programme seeks to give underprivileged pupils of SJK (T) Kajang a better path in their pursuit of knowledge with just a swipe.

As a bursary plan, the initiative begun by Rotary International District 3300 and My Kasih Foundation will provide 50 deserving pupils from the school with an avenue to learn, without financial worries.

The pupils can use these contributions to buy school necessities such as books, stationery and meals, while the Rotary Club of Kajang continually monitors their academic performance and instils leadership qualities through motivational camps.

Each of the 50 pupils will receive RM60 monthly and a smart card to be used with a swipe at their school bookshop and canteen.

Fixed over the course of three years that has been broken down into 10 months per year, total costs of the programme is RM90,000.

Of this amount, RM22,500 was donated by 31 well-wishers from SJK (T) Kajang’s parent-teacher association and Yayasan My Kasih donated RM45,000.

Rotary Club Kajang and Persatuan Orang Kota Bharu (POKB) also did their fair share by chipping in for the initiative.

As a whole, the programme itself was launched in January with 750 schoolchildren and 15 schools identified as areas in which these efforts can be put to good use.

The launch was officiated by Rotary International District 3300 governor for 2014–2015 Kirenjit Kaur along with Rotary Club of Kajang president for 2014–2015 Supramaniam Sinnai Pillay.

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