ONLY bad people get HIV.
That was the stigmatisation from the public about HIV patients, and it is because of this perception that the Community AIDS Service Penang (CASP) is finding it difficult to get public donation for the organisation.
CASP secretary M. Santharamohana said people are more willing to donate to other organisations.
“The community needs to understand that there are also innocent people, children and babies who are HIV patients,” he said at the centre in Jalan Pow Nee, Bukit Mertajam, recently.
The centre provides shelter for the homeless and abandoned people living with HIV and AIDS.
“Currently, we have 19 residents at our shelter.
“We are facing shortfalls in our expenses every month. We face a deficit of about RM12,000 per month.
“The shelter receives allocations from the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry every month, but it is not enough to cover the monthly operation costs,” he added.
The organisation received a boost with a RM10,000 contribution by IJM Land Berhad.
The amount was presented by IJM Land senior general manager (northern region) Datuk Toh Chin Leong under a tieup with the ‘Walk With Us’ event, a charity segment of Penang Starwalk 2016.
Toh said that this was the sixth year IJM Land contributed to CASP through the ‘Walk With Us’ event.
“We feel happy to give our support to CASP, which has tirelessly provided aid to the needy patients.
“We will try to ask other organisations to give some funds to CASP,” he said.
IJM Land also purchased RM1,000 worth of food fair vouchers from CASP.
The TOS (Tolong Orang Susah) Charity Group will be organising a food fair in aid of CASP from 10am to 2pm at Dewan Sri Pinang on Oct 16.
Santharamohana said that each booklet is sold at RM50.
Booklets are sold at CASP or at the Penang Hospital’s infectious diseases clinic (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday / 8am to 1pm).
Call 04-5398510 or 04-5399510 for details.