Alumni gives RM13,000 to help two Ipoh schools reopen

Moy (third from left) presenting the cheque to SMJK Ave Maria Convent principal Liew Swee Fong (left) while AMCAA deputy president Chik Mun Ling (right) hands over the cheque to SJKC Ave Maria Convent headmistress Tan Hooi Kuan (third from right).

AVE Maria Convent Alumni Association (AMCAA) has donated RM13,000 to SJKC Ave Maria Convent and SMJK Ave Maria Convent to prepare for the next phase of the schools’ reopening.

AMCAA president Moy Ooi Thye said the schools received RM6,500 each to defray the cost of disinfecting their premises.

“The unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic has forced schools to close for months.

“It is good news the coronavirus is contained to a certain extent and schools are allowed to reopen in stages.

“The donation is to pay for the cost of disinfecting their premises so that the schools are safe, clean, free from health hazards and comply with the standard operating procedure as regulated under the movement control order.

“As an alumna, I think this is one way to show our love and loyalty to our school, ” she added.

Apart from cash, AMCAA also donated 160 bottles of disinfectant and 25 bottles of sanitiser to both schools during a presentation ceremony.

It was reported that over 500,000 Form Five, Form Six, Sijil Vokasional Malaysia and Sijil Tinggi Agama students had returned to school on June 24.

Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin had also announced that Forms One to Four students, Years Five and Six pupils, remove class students and Form Six Semester 1 students would return on July 15.

Moy said AMCAA had always responded to any call from their alma mater.

“The schools have been organising many beneficial activities such as concerts to raise funds for uniformed bodies and also other projects, ” she said.

Moy also appealed to the class alumni to get their own batch to collectively donate to both schools.

“If every alumni understands the need of the school at this crucial period and contributes just RM50 or RM100, our primary and secondary schools will have a substantial amount to bear the cost of periodical disinfection of their premises.”

Moy said once this happened, teachers and staff would be more at ease when performing their duties while students would also be more focused on learning and parents would not hesitate to send their children to school. — By IVAN LOH

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