PUBLIC donations to the #DaretoCare charity campaign have eased the burden of two underprivileged homes in coping with their daily struggles.
When staff of Star Media Group (SMG) and SkyWorld Development Group presented the donations to Siri Jayanti Metta Care Centre and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary Kuala Lumpur, the old folks and orphans were all smiles while receiving the gifts.
Siri Jayanti Metta Care Centre caregiver K.L. Tan said he was delighted to receive the aid as it helped lessen the expenses of the home.
“When I started my service here 10 years ago, it was really difficult to get donations because not many people know us.
“Back then, I even asked my children to chip in with RM10 and sought help from relatives and friends.
“I am very grateful that the old folks here will benefit from these donations we receive today,” he said.
Tan said the home needed RM10,000 a month to run because of the escalating cost of living.
“It is tough to sustain the home these days and I want to thank Skyworld and SMG for their support,” he said after the items were presented to the home in Setapak.
SMG and Skyworld staff were seen carrying the bags of daily necessities and handing them to the caregivers.
They later mingled and chatted a little with the elderly residents before proceeding to Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary, also located in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
At the orphanage, the companies’ volunteers sat with the children to unwrap the donated goods that consisted of educational materials, daily necessities and household supplies.
Home caretaker Malar Matthews was present to receive the items together with all of the 58 children residing here.
“The items are really needed by the children, especially since 40 of them have just started in primary and secondary school. I am very grateful for the efforts of SMG and Skyworld,” she said.
On the charity campaign, SkyWorld founder and group managing director Datuk Ng Thien Phing said it was great to see Malaysians coming together to help the less fortunate.
“Since the launch of the campaign on Dec 13 last year, we have seen encouraging response from the public at all four of our property galleries.
“Together with The Star, we will continue to raise awareness for this campaign in hopes that more kind-hearted citizens will step up and support this good cause. It doesn’t matter if the donation is big or small as every thoughtful gesture is important to us,” he said.
Those who wish to give but do not have the #DaretoCare brown paper bags can drop off their donations at SkyWorld’s property galleries.
#DaretoCare is a joint charity initiative championed by Star Media Group and SkyWorld Development Group to address the needs of welfare homes in Malaysia.
The campaign encourages members of the public to give and help the less fortunate by filling in gifts or donations of essential items in the designated brown paper bags.
The filled bags can be dropped off at SkyWorld’s property galleries in Sentul, Setiawangsa, Bukit Jalil, and Setapak, between now and Feb 15. Campaign organisers will distribute the collected items to selected welfare homes.
Donors can get the paper bags at Skyworld’s property galleries.
For details, visit www.skyworld.my/#daretocare or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As a token of appreciation to donors, SkyWorld will give away GSC movie tickets when they make their donations; terms and conditions apply.