The back-to-school programme of Eastern and Oriental Berhad (E&O) has brought cheer to needy families in Penang.
A total of 202 children received supplies worth RM30,000 from the premier lifestyle developer.
Each child received school uniforms, shoes, socks and a school bag.
The recipients were from SK Tanjung Tokong, SJK (T) Azad, SJK (C) Hun Bin, Tadis Ar-Rasyidin, SK Pendidikan Khas Pulau Pinang and SK Convent Pulau Tikus.
Others who received school supplies were children from the fishing communities of Tanjung Tokong, Persiaran Gurney and Tanjung Bungah.
K. Navina, 14, who was receiving the aid for the fourth year, said the school supplies helped ease her parents’ financial burden.
“My parents are in the fishing industry and I want to study hard for a bright future, ” said the St George’s Girls High School student.
Equally elated was Muhammad Iman Hanafi Sahifulhafiz, nine, who could not wait to unwrap the school supplies upon receiving them at the E&O Visitor Centre in Straits Quay recently.
Muhammad Iman, who has cerebral palsy, goes to SK Pendidikan Khas.
His father Sahifulhafiz Rozali, a Tanjung Bungah fisherman, said the aid was timely.
“As the sole breadwinner, I have been trying hard to make ends meet with my small income. I am thankful for the aid given to my son, ” he said.
E&O senior general manager Zawawi Yusop said the team had been distributing the school supplies in batches as part of its corporate responsibility effort.
“Every child deserves quality education with the proper basics.
“We hope our small contributions will go a long way to encourage them, ” he said after handing out the last batch of school supplies at the school.
Also present was Bukit Bendera MP Wong Hon Wai.