Alumni help out struggling ex-schoolmates

Lee says some of the affected families had been surviving on just one meal a day.

EX-STUDENTS of SMK La Salle, through the Old Lasallians Association Klang (Olak) in association with the Parents Teacher Association (PTA), began a food aid initiative to help out old school friends facing financial difficulties due to job loss, wage cuts and increase in food prices as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Olak president Kenneth Lee said ex-students banded with the PTA to muster up support for the Olak-PTA Food Basket initiative.

“Our Olak members heard about the difficulties faced by some former students and school workers that were caused by the pandemic.

“We discussed the matter and decided to lend a hand.

“Olak took inspiration from ‘Leave No One Behind’, a United Nations’ transformative promise of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

Lee added that the food basket plan was a much-needed initiative to uplift families hit hard in these challenging times where some were carrying on with just one meal a day to sustain themselves.

“Our committee was touched that former students contributed towards the fund for the initiative.

“Our funds hit RM35,000 in two weeks.

“We had identified 32 families whose breadwinners had suffered wage cuts or been laid off their jobs.

“We gave them basic provisions worth RM260 each,” he said.

He added that the Olak-PTA Food Basket initiative had also helped out the grocers in the neighbourhoods as the food items were purchased from local traders.

“Our committee is grateful to all donors, the Selangor Disaster Management Unit and Klang’s Social Welfare Department which were instrumental in seeing the initiative move smoothly,” he said.

The Olak-PTA Food Basket initiative is an ongoing programme. Members of the public who wish to contribute can call Olak honorary secretary Selvarajah Kanapathy at 012-360 0358.

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