Group spreads early festive cheer to needy folk

Vallema and her mother K. Amordom are happy to receive RM500 from the Malaysia Hindu Sangam during the event at the Penang Caring Society Complex.

MEMORIES of the Sept 15 flood is still fresh in the mind of Tanjung Bungah resident Vallema Chinaya, 58.

She can recall staring helplessly at the gush of water entering her house and worrying for her mother.

“I couldn’t do anything and all I could think was the safety of my mother, who is over 90 years old and confined to a wheelchair,” she said.

To add to her misery, a week after her wooden house was knee-deep in water, it collapsed and she has been staying in a temporary shelter in Pulau Tikus, Penang.

She was among 30 poor Indians who received aid from the Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) Penang to mark Deepavali celebrations recently.

MHS welfare bureau chairman A. Tharman said the annual event was organised to bring cheer to the poor and share with them the spirit of the festival of lights.

“Everyone received supplies worth RM250 consisting of daily essentials like rice, cooking oil, flour and sugar,” he said.

Vallema also received RM500, donated by well-wishers of MHS.

MHS also gave goodies and cash to 100 underprivileged children from Penang Shan Children’s Home and the Ramakrishna Ashram.

Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari opened the event and presented the goodie bags to the people.

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