Essential items for poor and needy folk

Persatuan Kebajikan Ci Ai Pulau Pinang adviser Master Ven Shi Yun De (brown robe) handing over the oximeters to Sri Maha Mariamman Temple committee chairman Veeriah Tanimalai (yellow T-shirt).

SEVERAL non-governmental organisations (NGOs) came together to distribute aid to 2,100 residents of the Teluk Indah flats in Prai, Penang.

The recipients each received a bag of essentials which included rice, sugar, salt, noodles, coffee, drink packets and face masks.

The recent programme was organised by Persatuan Ci Ai Pulau Pinang and co-organised by Persatuan Sosial Perpaduan Masyarakat Pulau Pinang.

Persatuan Sosial Perpaduan Masyarakat Pulau Pinang chairman Khaw Tee Yong said the programme aimed to help the needy and allowed them to get to know the NGOs around them.

“This would help them and help us get to know the needy ones in our community, especially those who need social welfare support.

“Among the 2,100 recipients who received the aid, some are families with illnesses, mental illness, total permanent disability, single-parent family and more,” he said.

Khaw said the aid was given out at three locations, namely the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple and Taman Puyu in Butterworth as well as Teluk Indah in Prai.

“For this programme, we spent about RM60,000,” he added.

He said that before the programme, Kebajikan Heng Ong Thua had also presented 25 units of pulse oximeters to the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.

The oximeter device is used to estimate the oxygen saturation of the blood.

“The devices will be put to good use and given to the needy who are diagnosed with Covid-19 to help them check their condition,” he added.

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