DISABILITY equipment and mobility aid worth a total of RM97,500 were presented to various individuals at the Gift of Life Society’s annual charity dinner.
The dinner, called Because of You - Embrace China Show, served as the culmination of the society’s fundraising efforts for the country’s vulnerable groups.
Depending on their needs, disabled individuals, the blind and elderly folk were given wheelchairs, three-wheeled motorcycles, medical cushions, customised shoes or walkers.
Some of the proceeds from the fundraiser also went towards aiding poor students from two schools with their education and gifts for underprivileged children from two homes.
“Our society places great emphasis and ensures that the contribution fits the needs of the vulnerable groups,” said event organising chairman and Gift of Life Society assistant secretary Tee Lay Bee.
“It is because these items can aid their physical situation and improve their daily lives by offering some mobility so they can be independent.
“Many require these items as a source of income to feed their families. Most importantly, the equipment will increase their self-esteem and willpower to live and blend into society.”
Tee cited an example of how a three-wheeled motorcycle would be given to an individual who lost his limb in a car accident and that the vehicle would provide him the ability to work, send his children to school as well as run a small business to provide income for his family.
“I am grateful to friends and donors for their contribution and support all these years,” said Gift of Life Society president Wendy Chan, who initiated the charity campaign 11 years ago although the society was only formally established last year.
“The society was formed with the intention of reaching out to bigger communities, help more disadvantaged people and encourage more people to join our efforts.”
In her speech, Chan related her experience of having to overcome her embarrassment and self-consciousness when she had to use a wheelchair and walking stick during a recent holiday to China.
“The experience taught me to understand the inconveniences faced by our disabled friends and to overcome any self-doubt to mingle with society,” she said.
Yayasan Chik Sin and Lions Club of KL (West) also contributed cheques worth RM50,000 and RM10,000 respectively to the Gift of Life Society for their fundraising campaign.
The dinner ended with a series of performances by the Embrace China troupe from Guangxi, China.
Among the night’s VIP guests were Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin, Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han — who was representing PJ Utara assemblyman Tony Pua, Teratai assemblyman Tiew Way Keng, Datuk CK Lim — who was representing Selangor MCA deputy chairman Datuk Donald Lim, Petaling Jaya Utara MCA division chairman Tan Gim Tuan and Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Fraud and Forgery Section assistant director Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed.