Charity homes facing shortage of food and funds


A staff member of the Penang Cheshire Home in Lebuhraya Babington checking out the foodstuff dropped off at the donation counter.

DONATIONS to charity homes in Penang have slowed down due to the Covid-19 situation.

Penang Cheshire Home committee member Veronica Pau said although people still give the home rations, cash donations have gone down a lot since the movement control order (MCO) was implemented in March.

“Our fundraising programmes including Foster Parents Day and selling of our handmade handicraft at Sunday markets and factories could not be carried out due to the strict standard operating procedure (SOP).

“We are in need of rations and donations.

“A donation counter outside our building in our compound has been set up as the public are not allowed to enter our building.

“Those who would like to donate can drop by between 9am and 5pm from Mondays to Fridays and from 9am to 12.30pm on Saturdays, ” she said in a phone interview.

Pau said that to make sure the residents at the home were well-protected from the Covid-19 virus, the home followed the SOP closely.

“We use disinfectant to clean the home every day and use bleach to clean the drains.

“We provide face masks and hand sanitiser for the daily use of our staff members and also for residents who go to the hospital for their medical appointments.

“To safeguard the health of the old folk here, we try to postpone their appointments at Penang Hospital or change to the Macalister Road health clinic as there are not so many patients there, ” she said.

There are currently 48 residents aged between 20 and 70 years old at Penang Cheshire Home.

A total of 23 are staying in the home while 25 are on day-care basis.

For more information, call 04-227 5546 or email cheshirepg@yahoo.com.

Meanwhile, Penang Community Care president Wendy Ang said donations of dry food items are always welcomed.

“We give out rations to around 100 families on the island as well as the mainland every month.

“Due to the conditional MCO, we have to ask our volunteers from the mainland to come over and pass the rations to the poor families there.

“This month, we have not been able to distribute rations to all families as movements are restricted.

“However, we gave out rations to Indians who are celebrating Deepavali.

“We usually pack our rations on the first Saturday of every month. I believe we will be able to distribute rations in December if the conditional MCO is relaxed, ” she said.

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