THE Maha Ganapathy Aalayam Paripalana temple in Ipoh has embarked on a project to assist needy children of a Tamil school.
The temple’s youth volunteers launched the project in conjunction with Lord Ganesha’s “birthday” to help pupils of SRJK (T) Sangeetha Sabah.
Temple assistant secretary S. Vikneswaran said for a start, 10 pupils from the school were presented with a tablet each.
“The aim of the project is to ensure that no child is denied an education, especially the hardcore poor and those in the B40 group.
“The temple’s management hopes the pupils will now be able to follow online classes and not miss their daily lessons,” he said after the launch of the project.
Present at the event were temple president Datuk V. Narayanan and project coordinator V. Logeswaran.
Logeswaran said the committee had vetted all applications to ensure that only the needy were given the tablet.
He added that the project would be carried out throughout the year, and appealed to the public to donate generously towards the cause.
Narayanan said this was the second project launched by the temple. The first was a wheelchair donation project launched last year.
“I am proud and happy that youth volunteers have worked with the committee to successfully launch this despite the temple undergoing repair, renovation and repainting works.
“I hope more people will help the temple to carry out projects aimed at helping the poor,” he added.
He said the ultimate objective was to promote culture and art while reaching out to those in need.
“Plans are afoot to provide free meals at the temple, as well as educational aid for the needy,” he shared.
Narayanan also appealed to the public to donate towards the temple’s renovation and consecration fund.
“We still require RM500,000 to complete the work,” he said.