THE Argyll Road Kawasan Rukun Tetangga (KRT) in George Town hopes that more people would come forward to contribute monetary aid to enable it to help needy school pupils in the future.
Its secretary Abdul Kuthoose Majid said the KRT was one of the first to give out back-to-school aid to needy pupils.
“Most of the families in the area have two or more children and they are not financially secure.
“This is one of the reasons why we started this project 33 years ago to help reduce the burden of parents with schoolgoing children.
“By giving away school supplies to one child in each family, the parents can then use the money they have to buy back-to-school items for their other children, ” he said after the presentation of the items to 40 needy primary school pupils at the Argyll Road KRT in Lebuh Clarke recently.
Chairman Mohd Ibrahim Abdul Ghani said the children received goodie bags which contained school bags, school uniform, socks and shoes.
“We have been giving out aid to those in the low income group during major festive celebrations and when school is reopening, ” he said in his speech.
Mohd Ibrahim added that the KRT used its funds and donations from individuals and firms to buy the items.
“We hope to continue this tradition for many years to come and therefore, we need the continued support from kind donors, ” he said.
Year Four pupil Nur Farzana Syazwani Mansor Ali, 10, was all smiles when she received her goodie bag from Mohd Ibrahim. Accompanying her was her mother Ameeda Begum S.M. Pakir Mohd, 39, and two younger sisters.
Ameeda, a housewife, said Nur Farzana, who is the eldest of her four children, had been receiving the aid since she was in Year One.
“My husband is a petty trader and we definitely feel the pinch when school starts and we need to get the school supplies for all the children, ” she said, adding that her youngest daughter is six years old and is attending kindergarten.
Nur Farzana said she looked forward to wearing her new uniform to school.
“My parents will now have fewer things to buy for me when school reopens and they can use the money to buy the school items for my sisters, ” she said.
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