A GROCERY bag initiative in Desa Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, saw nearly 700 underprivileged people from its surrounding areas turning up to collect the aid.
Ti-Ratana Welfare Society treasurer and head of operations Premanathan Jaganathan said those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic had queued up at the organisation’s headquarters to collect free bags of essential items.
The event also saw comedian Harith Iskander and his wife Dr Jezamine Lim participating in the distribution which was in collaboration with the couple’s aid initiative — The Hope Branch.
“We are very grateful to have Harith and his wife join us.
“They contributed some 470 grocery bags,” said Premanathan.
Also present were the society’s president Datuk Seri Dr KK Chai as well as Ti-Ratana founder and adviser Datuk K. Sri Dhammaratana, who is also Buddhist chief high priest of Malaysia.
Premanathan said that under the initiative, grocery bags containing rice, noodles, biscuits and canned food were given out on Mondays.On Thursdays and Saturdays, the group distributed packed food at the centre, he added.
The #Ti-RatanaBersamaRakyat initiative started on July 5 and is a collaboration between Ti-Ratana Welfare Society of Malaysia and Ti-Ratana Buddhist Society of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
Those keen to contribute to the initiative can call 012-711 6099 or 012-328 6099.
Ti-Ratana is located at Lot 6637, Jalan 13, Salak South (Desa Petaling), Kuala Lumpur.