FIVE organisations in Penang have collected more than RM35,000 along with essential items to help earthquake victims in Nepal.
Nepal Relief Committee 2015 joint chairman P. Murugiah said the funds were raised through donation boxes placed at the Penang Hindu Sangam, Temple of Fine Arts, Lily’s Vegetarian Shop, Jayam’s Trading Sundry, Sunshine Square Bayan Baru, Sun-shine Bertam and Sunshine Farlim Air Itam.
“There were also donations banked into the Penang Hindu Association account and funds from Bodhi Heart Sanctuary.
“We converted the cash to US$9,310 and sent it to Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation Limited, a humanitarian organisation in Nepal,” said Murugiah, who is also the Penang Hindu Association deputy president, at a fund presentation ceremony in Sunshine Square on Monday.
He said the money would be used by the foundation to rebuild schools, clinics, villages and monasteries in Nepal badly damaged during the earthquake in April.
“We also collected and sent food, winter clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, raincoats, torchlights, batteries, clothes, tents, face masks, basic medicines, wheelchairs and crutches worth about RM20,000.”
The campaign was a joint effort by Penang Bodhi Heart Sanctuary, The Penang Hindu Association, Premaseva Charitable Orga-nisation, Sunshine supermarkets and The Temple of Fine Arts from May 6 to June 7.
Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation Limited coordinator Ang Yue Haw said Rangjung Yeshe Buddhist Society in Penang would hold a charity food fair on Oct 4 from 10am to 2pm at Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society in Macalister Road.
Some of the funds raised will be given to the foundation to run a free clinic in Nepal. The rest will go towards three charities in the state.