Pushing past their limits


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 11 Feb 2020

Ng (standing second from left) handing over wheelchairs to the recipients at the presentation ceremony witnessed by Suliana and her team.

NUR Hafizuddin Muhamad and his two brothers suffer from muscular dystrophy but it does not stop them from wanting to be independent.

The disease affects a group of muscles, causing progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.

“My legs are weak and I cannot stand on my own for more than a few minutes, ” said Nur Hafizuddin, 29.

“My elder brother’s condition is worse. His legs cannot support any weight and he has to be assisted when moving around.

“At home, he usually drags himself on the floor to get from place to place.”

Nur Hafizuddin was one of the 10 disabled recipients who received new wheelchairs from Star Foundation.

Registered as a member of Yayasan Orang Kurang Upaya Kelantan (Yokuk), Nur Hafizuddin had been waiting for a long time to receive a wheelchair to help with his mobility at home and work at his drinks stall.

“Although we have this medical condition, my brothers and I are still eager to work to earn some money.

“This wheelchair will help us move around our simple stall where we make beverages for customers to take away, ” he said.

Another wheelchair recipient was Wan Azlan Wan Chik, 62.

Born with feet defect, Wan Azlan was able to walk slowly aided by a cane until he met with a car accident in 2018.

“My wife and I were riding on my disabled motorbike when a car hit us, leaving both of us crippled.

“Everything changed since then. Now we can barely do anything without wheelchairs, ” he said.

Wan Azlan said he was relieved and happy to finally have a wheelchair of his own.

“Before this, I was using wheelchairs loaned from others.”

Star Foundation assistant manager Selina Ng presented wheelchairs to the 10 recipients, witnessed by Yokuk chairperson and executive director Datin Suliana Shamsuddin Alias.

Suliana expressed appreciation to Star Foundation for sponsoring wheelchairs to Kelantanese who could not afford their own.

“This is a good start to the year for Yokuk’s disabled members but unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

“Many more are on the waiting list, including those who need specific wheelchairs for their disability, ” said Suliana.

Nur Hafizuddin and Wan Azlan are among the 5,000 people who registered with Yokuk and are benefitting from the organisation’s professional services including therapy, palliative care, welfare and educational services that help improve the quality of life of the disabled and underprivileged in Kelantan.

“Since 1999, Yokuk has been serving needy Kelantanese in various ways.

“One of our main initiatives is providing palliative care to patients bedridden in rural homes and teaching their caregivers the same.

“Our multidisciplinary therapy services help the disabled rehabilitate and improve their quality of life.

“All our services are provided free of charge.

“That is why we appreciate any financial assistance to help us continue our work throughout Kelantan, ” explained Suliana.

Star Foundation is the charitable arm of Star Media Group aimed at delivering meaningful initiatives with lasting outcomes to a diverse group of beneficiaries.

For details, visit starfoundation.com.my

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