SOME 40 children from needy families in Datuk Keramat and Sungai Pinang were a gleeful lot when they received school uniform vouchers at a back-to- school programme organised by the Jalan Maklom Residents Association in Penang.
The event, held for the second time by the association, was aimed at helping the B40 group that is affected by the pandemic.
Association chairman Mohd Jamil Abdullah said children aged between seven and 17 from both areas were identified to receive the aid.
At the event, school uniforms and shoes were distributed to only a handful of schoolchildren as a symbolic gesture.
“The rest of the children will be given vouchers to claim their school uniforms and shoes at Mydin Mall, ” he said at the presentation ceremony at the association premises recently.
Mohd Jamil said the association felt that the programme would help the needy reduce their financial burden.
He said each child received a set of school uniform and a pair of shoes and socks.
Present was businessman Datuk Seri Mahadi Badrul Zaman, who was the main sponsor of the programme.
He urged generous Malaysians to reach out to help those in need.
“When the pandemic hit our country, many of us especially those from the lower income group felt the pinch.
“By helping them, we are also helping the Government in its recovery efforts, ” he said.
Zulekha Zailan, 14, who was among the recipients, expressed her delight after receiving the voucher.
“I am happy as this gesture will help ease my parents’ financial burdens, ” she said.
The SMK Padang Polo student said she is looking forward to a good year and promised to study hard.
Equally elated was her mother Silainim Abdul Wahab, 42, who was thankful for the aid as her two other children, aged 11 and seven, also benefited from the programme.
“This helps us a lot as only my husband is working in the family, ” she said.
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