Aid for 200 families in Shah Alam


Representatives of Lions Clubs International District 308 B2 and HLB Ler Lum Chew at the handover of food baskets, stoves and cleaning supplies to the villagers of Kampung Baru Hicom in Shah Alam. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

FAMILIES in Kampung Baru Hicom who were affected by the floods last December, received some much-needed aid in the form of food baskets, stoves and cleaning supplies.

In partnership with Lions Clubs International District 308 B2, accounting firm HLB Ler Lum Chew contributed RM20,000 to the Roar Away Hunger initiative to help families recover from the devastating floods.

Roar Away Hunger is a hunger relief initiative started by Lions Clubs in Selangor in 2021.

It aims to get Lions Clubs in the state to lend a helping hand to families affected by Covid-19 and last month’s floods.

“It is important to work with corporations so that we can make a difference in the lives of those badly affected by the floods,” said organising chairman Lawrence Lee.

“We have seen many who lost their jobs and homes. Recovery will definitely take time,” he added.

As part of its corporate social responsibility initiative, HLB Ler Lum Chew joined Lions Clubs to distribute the items to 200 families in the new village located in Shah Alam, Selangor.

One of the recipients, who only wanted to be known as Waharuddin, 69, said she felt very blessed to have received the donation.

“The floods last month, with water rising to over 2m, took away most of my possessions. I am a retiree, so this aid will help me a lot,” she said.

Another flood survivor, Sanderleha Muthusamy, 66, said: “I lost most of my prized possessions to the flood.”

“Many valuable items like my washing machine are also malfunctioning.

“We couldn’t cook for some time too, as our kitchen was destroyed.

“We don’t have enough money to buy new electrical items.

“I’m retired and my children are outstation, so this aid is really welcomed,” Sanderleha added.

HLB Ler Lum Chew audit partner Teh Weil Xuan said, “We wish to help the affected families.

“Many of us were lucky but there were those whose homes were swept away in minutes due to the floods.”

Lions Clubs International District 308 B2 district governor Michel Yee, who was present to witness the handover of items to the villagers, said: “Our club’s slogan is ‘Where there is a need, there is a Lion’, so I am happy to see Selangor Lions helping those in need.

“Some Lions members even came from Penang to help out, while others donated boxes of hand sanitiser.”

HLB Ler Lum Chew senior partner and Lions Club International past council chairman Datuk Patrick Chew said: “As a corporate citizen as well as a Lion, it is our duty to give back to society.

“I hope that by being the first accounting firm to help, we can set a good example and encourage other accounting firms to lend a hand to the flood victims as well.”

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