Reaching out to 100 needy households

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 17 Apr 2020

Hemavathy (second from right) with volunteer friends handing over essential items to Ramoo (second from left) at her home at Ashby Road flats. — RONNIE CHIN/The Star

AFTER realising there was a lack of charity groups set up in Ipoh to deliver essential goods to the needy, a freelance writer-cum-editor decided to do something about it.

S. Hemavathy, 38, said several chapters of Caremongering Malaysia had mushroomed in the Klang Valley when the movement control order (MCO) was first imposed on March 18 but she found there was no such group set up in Ipoh.

She said the movement (Caremongering) started in Canada after several countries implemented a lockdown.

“At the time, I was still in Kuala Lumpur and had started a similar chapter in Ampang.

“Then when I returned to Ipoh, I created a WhatsApp group called ‘Care Ipoh (Perak)’ by adding family and friends, ” she said while delivering food items to a senior citizen living at the Ashby Road flats in Ipoh.

Hemavathy said about seven volunteers helped her deliver the goods.

With friends and family sponsoring the items, the group had managed to help 101 needy families to-date.

K. Ramoo, 73, the senior citizen who received the items, was in tears.

She said her husband had passed away many years ago and that her married daughter stayed in Kampar.

“My daughter gives me RM350 monthly, where RM100 is for the rental of the flat with the rest going towards utility bills.

“I am overwhelmed by the support and that there are still good people in this world who are helping those like me, ” she added.

Hemavathy said many people were suffering during this period and that some of the recipients became teary-eyed when they were given the items.

“With many jobless now, they have been praying to God to help them. When we arrived at their doorstep, they told us that God had answered their prayers, ” she said.

Some of the cases were really heartbreaking and many of the recipients were living in shocking conditions.

She said there was a case where a young mother and her two malnourished children had not eaten for three days.

Her husband had been in jail for sometime, while she was a daily wage earner who used to wash dishes in a restaurant but was out of a job at the moment.

“When we handed over the food items, the two children immediately opened the packet of biscuits and started to eat, ” said Hemavathy.

She highlighted another case of a mother who had just delivered a baby, but had been bleeding and could not be admitted to hospital as there was no one to look after her newborn.

“She told us that her parents had passed away, her in-laws were not on talking terms, while her sister demanded money to look after the baby, ” she added.

Hemavathy said the items given included rice, oil, sardine tins, instant noodles, eggs, sugar, salt, coffee and milk.

“I really hope our efforts will put a smile on the faces of the needy.

“I am also very grateful to all donors as it is only through their help that we have been able to carry out this noble cause, ” she added.

Those who wish to help can go to her Facebook account — Hemavathy DM Suppiah-Devi.

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