JOHOR BARU: R. Magiswari cannot wait to start school next year despite the fact that this year’s term ends in the middle of November.
The 12-year-old prefect from SJK (T) Jalan Tajul in Kota Tinggi was happy to receive a new school bag together with stationeries for next year school term.
Magiswari said she had lost her father in Feb because of high blood pressure.
“My father died after I was appointed as a prefect in my school and he could not buy my new school uniform including a new school bag as most of it were passed down from my two older sisters.
“Since my father passed away, my mother had to work as a factory worker as she is now our breadwinner,” she said.
Magiswari said this to The Star when met during “Back to School” programme organised by Care United Johor Baru.
The event was officiated by Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed at Kompleks Tan Sri Rahmat in Tampoi on Saturday.
Another recipient SJK (C) Kuo Kuang student Yap Chen Yi, 10, said she could not wait to go to the hypermarket and use the RM70 voucher given to buy school uniforms.
“My mother cannot afford to buy my two siblings and I new school uniforms as it is expensive but with the voucher, I received it, will help us tremendously.
“I want to study hard and become a successful person in the future so that I can take care of my mother and let her rest,” she said.
Meanwhile, Care United Johor Baru president Florence Goh said the objective of the programme was to help the less unfortunate including underprivileged students get new and complete kits to go to school which would serve as motivation for them to study harder.
“This programme has benefited some 5,500 students aged between six and 17 where 3,500 of them are from Johor. We provided them with new school bags, stationery sets and RM70 vouchers from a hypermarket for them to buy uniforms,” she said.
Nur Jazlan, who is also the Deputy Home Minister, donated RM15,000 to the Care United Johor Baru and applauded their initiative to help the less unfortunate folks in the area.
“I am proud that the association, which has run the “Back to School” programme for the 11th time to students in Johor, has lent a helping hand in Klang and Lembah Pantai; and I hope they will continue to do so in future,” he said.