A season of giving joy to others

Shanmuganathan handing over a shopping voucher to one of the recipients during the presentation ceremony in Butterworth.

FORTY-SEVEN poor children from primary and secondary schools received school uniforms and shoes during the Malaysia Hindu Sangam Butterworth Council ‘Back to School’ programme.

Its chairman G. Shanmuganathan, who is also the vice-president of the national Malaysia Hindu Sangam, hoped the campaign would be able to reach out to each child’s specific needs more effectively.

“We have 67 poor families registered with us under our welfare section. These families have been receiving monthy groceries and financial aid from us,” he said recently.

Shanmuganathan said each child was provided with two pair of shirts and pants, a pair of Pallas shoes and two pairs of socks.

G. Megala, 43, who has four school-going children, said the aid would reduce her burden in preparing for the new school term.

“My husband earns about RM1,000 per month as a bus driver and it is tough for us during this time,” she said.

Another parent M. Puspavalli, 41, said she had seven children studying in primary and secondary schools.

“It can be costly to buy school uniforms and stationary items as well as arranging for transportation for all my children.

“I run a florist stall in Ampang Jajar Flats after my husband lost his job following a stroke about two years ago.

“I earn only about RM400 per month,” she said.

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