Building lasting ties with shelter

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 16 Aug 2019

Residents of Bodhi Homecare Centre with members of the Rotary Club of Bukit Bintang and its sister clubs at the handover ceremony.

The Rotary Club Of Bukit Bintang conducted a service project by contributing funds to the Bodhi Homecare Centre Cheras in conjunction with its 29th Presidential and Board Installation.

The club, the biggest in its district, also donated essentials and food items to the 30-year-old centre for the homeless, less fortunate children and the disabled.

The centre actively carries out six charitable services, including Bodhi Educare where they provide free tuition and kindergarten classes to children from poor families.

There is also Bodhi Medicare which provides free traditional Chinese medicine treatment and consultation.

Apart from this, the centre organises monthly distribution of necessities for the poor families living in the area under its Bodhi Welcare service.

The centre has received assistance from over 100 delegates from other Rotary Clubs in the world, including Nepal, Korea, and the Philippines.

Rotary Club Bodh Gaya (India) member Vivek Kumar Kalyan said, “Each of us has a responsibility to help one another.

“Our time on earth is unpredictable so we must help where we can, especially without expecting anything in return.”

Rotary Club Of Bukit Bintang president Dr. David Ling said it has been giving its continuous support to the centre through annual visits aimed at creating a long-term relationship.

“We give out cash aid and also provide them with groceries once every three to four months.

“However, that alone is not enough.

“We must come together to organise fellowships and gatherings in order to make them feel like they have someone to share their feelings with, ” Dr Ling added.

The Bodhi shelter is a publicly-aided shelter that receiving aid from non-governmental organisations as well.

The funds received go towards tuition fees and daily expenses for the children living there.

The shelter is also actively looking for volunteers to facilitate their weekly and monthly services for the poor.

Those interested can call 016-2774076.

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