Pharmacy inks deal to help fund education for the poor

Lau and Pardip (both in the centre) with officials from the pharmacy and foundation along with tuition pupils at the signing of the deal in Petaling Jaya.

Health and education are the two greatest gifts for children — and it was a combination of the two when a pharmacy announced a deal with an organisation that runs free tuition centres.

Health Lane Family Pharmacy signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tara Foundation, that runs 30 tuition centres, with an aim to ensure zero school dropouts.

Mathematics, Bahasa Melayu, English, Science and even Mandarin are taught to poor pupils of all races at these centres.

The centres provide the underprivileged children a chance to break free from their circumstances and aspire for a brighter future.

The funds raised would be used to help run existing centres and to open up more such centres around the country.

“We trust that education is one of the most important elements to improve people’s lives.

“By contributing more to build education, we can enhance the mindset of the population,” said Health Lane Family Pharmacy marketing manager Calvin Lau.

Tara Foundation chairman and founder Datuk Pardip Kumar Kukreja said education was the key to paving the way for a more equitable society.

“We believe that only through education can we effectively convey the importance of a more compassionate and equitable society.

“By instilling these values early on, we hope to make a lasting impact on the lives of these children,” he said.

Under the agreement, each of the pharmacy’s outlet would display a donation acrylic box at the cashier counter for customers to contribute towards the tuition centres.

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