Assuring underprivileged group stays connected

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020

Okabe (second from left) handing over the donations to Ti-Ratana Welfare Society assistant founder Rev Hemaloka. Looking on are Tokio Marine Life corporate communications manager Jacleen Jacinta (right) and Okabe’s personal assistant Michelle Lee.

TOKIO Marine Life Insurance Malaysia Bhd (TMLM) has donated some of the company’s repurposed laptops and CPUs as well as urgently needed household items to several charitable organisations.

The company donated 10 used laptops, 10 used CPUs and 10 new monitors.

Additionally it contributed household items worth RM5,000 to Good Shepherd Service, GT Community Centre, Suriana Welfare Society Malaysia, Ti-Ratana Welfare Society Malaysia and Sunbeams Homes Foundation. GT Community Centre received four used CPUs for its free tuition centre, as well as household items worth RM1,000.

Its spokesman Roy Tan said TMLM’s generosity was a meaningful gesture for the recipients — the poor community in Klang and Kapar — whom the welfare centre was trying to help.

“Without the proper devices, it is very hard for us to help these children to keep up with technology.

“So, thoughtful contributions like this mean a lot to us,” he added.

Suriana Welfare Society Malaysia (SWSM) received two used laptops and two used CPUs along with new monitors from TMLM.

The welfare society runs a centre in Desa Mentari with 51 children aged six to 13 years.

More than 60% of families in Desa Mentari do not have a computer at home for their children to take part in online schooling, especially during the movement control order (MCO) period.

“IT and digitalisation are an integral part of life now.

“To help the children keep up, we need to equip them with IT know-how.

“Donations like this are timely and much-needed, so we thank TMLM for thinking of us,” said SWSM spokesman Rachel Ho.

The society also received household items worth RM1,000 from TMLM, to be distributed to 21 underprivileged families in Desa Mentari.

As for Ti-Ratana Welfare Society and Sunbeams Home Foundation, both of which run homes for children, they each received two used laptops, two used CPUs and new monitors, as well as household items worth RM1,000.

Ti-Ratana founder Datuk K. Sri Dhammaratana said, “These laptops and desktop computers are very necessary for our children to attend online courses.

“We draw tremendous comfort from the contributions and support given by the community and companies like TMLM.”

Sunbeams general manager Pastor Victor Maniam said, “The pandemic has really brought home the fact that we are living in such unprecedented times.

“We truly cannot keep on doing what we do.

“We think of those less fortunate, and we are thankful that there are companies like TMLM who are like-minded.

“We hope our journey ahead will continue to be supported by people and corporations like them.”

Good Shepherd Service received two ceiling fans and one wall fan worth RM1,000 for their Community Service Centre in Ipoh, Perak along with four used laptops for their staff.

TMLM deputy chief executive officer Yoshiaki Okabe said, “Our aim is to provide devices to children through the NGOs so that they can attend online courses, for women from these homes to continue finding an income, and to help others affected by Covid-19.”

He added that the donations would encourage the beneficiary homes to stay up-to-date with technology.

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