THE Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS) situated at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s (UTAR) campus in Kampar raised RM3,510 to help several welfare organisations.
Organised in line with the #KitaJagaKita national campaign, CFS held its “Fundraising for Welfare Centres” project for about a month in September.
The funds were used to buy supplies such as groceries and toiletries and presented to four organisations in Ipoh and Kampar.
The beneficiaries were Pertubuhan Pengurusan Pusat Jagaan 1 Malaysia and My Aged Care Old Folks Home in Ipoh and Pusat Jagaan Sutera and Persatuan Kebajikan Bagi Orang Istimewa in Kampar.
CFS Arts and Social Science Department lecturer S. Tulasi, who was the organising chairman of the project, said the funds were raised with support from UTAR staff and the public.
“The Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia has affected Malaysians from all walks of life mentally, physically and financially.
“The project is part of the university’s efforts to give back to society.
“It also gave our staff the opportunity to be involved in community engagement for a more holistic approach to teaching and learning,” she said, adding that the funds would help 148 needy people, including the elderly and special-needs residents.
Tulasi said the project has been a joyful experience for the organising committee.
“The recipients expressed their gratitude to UTAR for the contributions.
“They were very happy and hoped we will continue to help in the future,” she said, while thanking her team for their support and cooperation.
“This successful project shows how much we, as a community, care for one another despite all the challenges faced during these trying times.
“I hope we will be able to continue such projects annually and identify more worthy causes to channel donations to,” she added.