A CLUB managed to raise RM25,000 in less than a week, thanks to its members and friends.
The prompt contributions enabled Lions Club Pantai Hills to purchase food items for those whose livelihoods were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and movement control order.
The food boxes were then distributed to 500 families, said club member Low Boon Tat.
“It took us a few days to raise the funds. The two largest donations were made by a developer and a commercial air-conditioner supplier. They each donated RM3,000,” said Low.
He added that the project was in response to a distress call by Kuan Chee Heng, better known as Uncle Kentang, who was in touch with the families.
Kuan said helping the families would not only solve the problem of hunger but also address the possibility of crimes committed out of desperation.
Stating that the heads of these families were mostly general workers, daily wage earners and those working in non-essential sectors, Low hoped the show of support by the club would ease the burden of those affected by the pandemic.
The recipients were recommended by their respective residents association heads.
A convoy of six cars and two lorries delivered the food boxes to Jade Hills in Kajang, the People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Seri Serdang as well as Melur Flats and Saujana Flats in Puchong.
The police were also present at each location to ensure that the standard operating procedure was followed. The food aid distribution started at 10am with PPR Seri Serdang being the first location.
The entire exercise ended at 3.30pm in Kajang.
Lions Club International district 308 B1 governor Tan Teoh Teik Choon handed the food boxes to the recipients.