AS Malaysia continues its battle against Covid-19, the nation is seeing more news emerging of families falling behind.
Offering some relief to those in need, EcoWorld Foundation kicked off a fresh charity initiative — Covid-19 Special Aid for Needy Families.
Although its focus was on education for the needy through its Students Aid Programme (SAP), the foundation decided to add on support for families under the SAP.
This was done by setting aside RM55,000 worth of vouchers from 99 Speed Mart for over 150 families, along with eight shelter homes for orphans and disabled persons.
Besides this, EcoWorld Group staff started an initiative aptly called Bantu by Team EcoWorld.
It raised RM80,000 in just two weeks to help the poorest in communities, which EcoWorld has been supporting, to tide through the season of need.
99 Speed Mart also contributed to this initiative by giving a rebate on vouchers purchased that increased the pool of funds available to help the needy.
The funds were distributed to families of students under SAP who had suffered loss of income.
Also benefitting from this were the Orang Asli community in Pahang, IQ70 Plus Home, Sai Pandian Home, Rumah Victory, The Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children’s Association of Johor, The Elijah Centre as well as 25 hardcore poor families living near EcoWorld developments in Penang.
Eco World Foundation chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said Bantu by Team EcoWorld would enable the foundation to provide aid to over 200 families and vouchers worth RM300 each for necessities.
“With this aid, it is hoped that parents will continue to prioritise their children’s education despite their financial constraints due to the pandemic,” he added.
Lee said the families were living on handouts from the government, relatives and friends.
Some, he said, had to pawn their valuables or borrow money for rent and other expenses, and that many had zero income during the movement control order this year.
Lee said most of the children were from single-parent homes and the families were from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Penang and Sabah.
“We are heartened by the generous gesture of Team EcoWorld in leading this initiative.
“Many individuals, from the most senior to relatively junior staff, despite their own challenges, responded very swiftly to the call for help.
“Through Bantu by Team EcoWorld, we are indeed grateful that EcoWorld Foundation is able to continue to render more assistance to those in need, regardless of race, gender or location,” he added.