Aid for longhouse folk who lost homes to fire

SIXTY-nine people from a longhouse in Kampung Sampun Kelili, Asajaya, who lost their homes to a fire at the end of last month, have received aid from the Sarawak branch and Stampin Chapter of the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC).

They received basic relief items and cooking utensils during a visit by MRC members recently.

No casualties were reported in the fire that occurred on July 28.

In the fire, twelve families were not only rendered homeless but also lost all their belongings and left with only the clothes they were wearing.

Stampin MRC disaster management vice-chairman Chai Chon Hon handed over the donation to a representative of the affected families.

Chai also thanked Jong Leong Kong and his wife for donating mattresses and pillows and Larry Siah and his wife for donating children’s books.

Chai said, besides carrying out humanitarian activities like disaster response and relief, the MRC provided emergency ambulance services and organised blood and organ-donor drives.

It also conducted training on first aid and education in Red Cross/Crescent and International Humanitarian Law for schools and private organisations.

MRC is a non-profit organisation and its main source of income is public donations and annual fund-raising projects such as its flag sale.

It also runs a second-hand shop at its headquarters in Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuching, selling clothing, household items, books and magazines. The public is encouraged to donate more items to the shop. MRC also welcomes donations of electrical items and furniture.

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