STORIES of Pakistani earthquake victims having to face the coming harsh winter have moved the Lions Club of Ipoh Host to do their part.
The club dropped by The Star Ipoh office recently to donate RM8,000 towards the South Asia Quake Fund.
Its vice-president Peter Lip Yoke Heem said they were responding to the Prime Minister’s call to the people to chip in and help those in need.
“Hopefully this will be able to save some lives from the cold winter,” he said after handing over the cheque to The Star circulation executive V. Sreedaran Nair.
Lip added that the club was considering of contributing to any educational or medical needs as they had funds for humanitarian reasons.
“For instance, we provide uniforms for poor school children and also pay for their examination fees,” he said.
Those who wish to know more can contact Lip at 05-2548044.
Kelab Bakti Gunung Kledang was also touched by the sufferings of the quake victims. Its acting president Datuk Dr Anwar Hassan handed over the club’s donation of RM2,800 to the The Star journalist Chan Li Leen.
Dr Anwar said although the club’s activities were concentrated in Perak, there were times when it donated to overseas causes.
“We feel strongly for the quake victims and thought it was only right to help them as well,” he said during the club’s annual Hari Raya Gathering in Ipoh recently.
The club, he added, had previously donated money to tsunami victims in Aceh and back home in Tanjung Piandang.
Dr Anwar also expressed the need for an effective mechanism to ensure that help actually reached disaster victims.