Reaching out to the vulnerable


(From left) Yong, his daughter Mei Ling, Chua and Kalyani with groceries all packed for distribution.

SYMPATHETIC Malaysians are reaching out to the needy as the Covid-19 pandemic leaves many households in desperate need of aid.

They are individuals from non-governmental organisations, clubs and welfare bodies who want to provide a lifeline to the hardcore poor through a charity mission mainly in the Klang Valley.

Spearheaded by A. Kalyani Appukutty, the initiative is to ensure the poor are provided groceries and cooked meals.

Those involved in the mission were moved by the plight of people hit by the pandemic and lockdown.

“Some of them are disabled and do not know where to seek help.

“There are also single mothers and families whose sole breadwinners have lost their jobs.

“We are also reaching out to anyone in need of aid, including the homeless,” said Kalyani.

She added that RM53,500 had been collected and utilised to distribute cooked vegetarian meals as well as grocery items to several families living in low-cost flats in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and other areas in Selangor.

She said volunteers reached out to 1,100 families in Taman Petaling Utama, Desa Mentari, Enggang Flats, the people’s housing projects (PPR) in Kampung Muhibbah, Kampung Kerinchi, Damansara, Seri Alam and Batu Muda, as well as other needy folk in Prima Puchong, Bukit Puchong, Sentul, Klang and Batu Caves.

This was carried out between June 26 and July 10.

Kalyani said she was grateful to businessmen Datuk Kevin Yong and Sunny Chua, for their fundraising support.

She added that other groups such as Lotus Group, No Food Waste Ranger and Malaysian Indian Truckers Club helped provide ground support and logistics.

Those who wish to donate and be part of the initiative can call Kalyani at 019-329 9413.

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