NINETY orphans got a back-to-school boost when they received school uniforms, courtesy of Grand Saga Sdn Bhd.
The corporate social responsibility (CSR) effort involved three orphanages in Cheras and Kajang in Selangor.
They were Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak-Anak Yatim Ummi, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Yesugan Mahligai and Rainbow Home Cheras.
Grand Saga Sdn Bhd executive director Chee Lean Thong said the aid was given out of concern for children of the homes.
“We realise that orphanages often face financial difficulties in providing school necessities for its children.
“As such, the company allocated RM25,000 to lighten the burden of these orphanages, ” he said.
At the event held at Aeon Big, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn in Cheras, the children received collared shirts, trousers, baju kurung, pinafores, socks and shoes.
They comprised students from SK Kajang, SJKT Kajang, SK Taman Jasmin, SMK Taman Jasmin 2, SMK Jalan Bukit, SK Taman Cuepacs, SKJC Batu 9 and SMK Perimbun.
Chee added that since the year 2000, the company had spent RM300,000 annually on CSR programmes to help schoolchildren.
“To-date, some 680 students from 51 schools in Cheras and Kajang have benefitted from our programmes, ” he said.
Also present were Grand Saga Sdn Bhd chief operating officer A. Rajasolan and Kajang assemblyman Hee Loy Sian, who thanked the company for helping the orphanages.
“Hopefully, more efforts like this will be made in the future to strengthen the ties between private companies and local communities.
“This effort is also in line with the government’s aspiration to lighten the financial burden of the people, especially among the B40 segment, ” he said.
Hee, who is also state environment, green technology, science and consumer affairs committee chairman, said 1,468 children in Kajang who were registered under the Tabung Warisan Anak Selangor (Tawas) would be given a school bag.
These children are from low-income families who were born in 2013. They will start schooling next year.
“Under the programme, RM100 will be credited into their bank account every year from 2013.
“They can withdraw the money once they turn 18.
“The money is meant to help them buy necessities for university or to start a job, ” said Hee.
Hee added that the state government identified these children by working closely with residents associations.
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