I T IS THAT time of the year again the school holidays are ending and children will be heading back to their classrooms.
It is also the time when substantial spending is incurred children need new school uniforms, schoolbags, books and stationery.
Most children are lucky enough to have parents who can afford these items. Underprivileged children, however, can only hope for the best.
The non-profit organisation Johor Baru Care United Club recently handed out back-to-school packs during a Christmas party for 520 underprivileged children residing at House of Hope, Care Haven Welfare Centre, Squatter Home, Calvary Junior Boys Home, Cross Community Bhd and Calvary Combined Homes.
Aged between six to 12, the children received the packs which contained RM50 vouchers to buy school uniforms, RM10 for books and stationery, and RM40 for schoolbags.
We spent not less than RM55,000 for the event. Whats more important is to lift some of the burdens of the children and see them smile, said the club's president Florence Goh.
The children, very much in the holiday spirit, appeared more excited to participate in the party activities than receive their back-to-school packs.
They were treated to stage performances, including dances and Christmas carols, and later filled their stomachs with fast food subsidised by A&W Restaurants.
To cap their day, the A&W Bear made an appearance. Some children ran up to hug him while others were shy and merely shook his hand.
The function was attended by Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamad who commended the club for its efforts.
NGOs like Care United play an important role in the community as they reach people in ways the Government is unable. With the help of NGOs, we can work together as a united community, said Nur Jazlan.