Friends chip in to give out 1,000 veggie food packs

Kuah (second left) and friends distributing a vegetarian food pack to a passer-by near the Acheh Street Mosque.

IN an effort to bring cheer to the public during these trying times, a group of friends has distributed 1,000 vegetarian food packs so far this month in Penang.

Organiser Dr Kuah Li Feng said the group, made up of some 100 friends, started giving food aid in 2016 during Chinese New Year and Ramadan.

“From May 1 to May 4, we handed out food at five venues, namely Penang Hospital, Acheh Street Mosque, Lam Wah Ee Hospital, The Penang Home for The Infirm and Aged, and Silver Jubilee Home For The Aged.

“At each of the venues, 20 to 30 of us were on hand to distribute the food.

“Our multicultural goodwill exercise has the theme ‘Sharing Food, Sharing Love’,” she said when contacted.

Kuah, a private heritage consultant, said “We are not affiliated with any organisations.

“We are just friends ranging from doctors to housewives staying in Malaysia, and some in Taiwan, China and Singapore, who share the aim of spreading joy.”

She said they had conducted this goodwill exercise more than 50 times over the past seven years.

“We raise the money for the food among ourselves and well-wishers of various races,” she said, adding that the group collected about RM10,000 for the latest efforts.

Kuah said the Covid-19 pandemic had affected many people financially.

“What the world needs now is a bit more compassion and giving,” she added. — By BERNARD SEE

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