SEMENYIH: Baby products manufacturer Anakku and private radio station operator Rediffusion have selected 10 welfare homes in the Klang Valley through a charity drive over the airwaves aimed at improving the condition of charity homes in dire need of repairs.
The homes were short-listed from a selection of 33 homes nominated by listeners of 98.8fm and Red104, the two stations under Rediffusion.
The joint campaign, with Anakku, started last month.
Some 100 listeners also volunteered to take part in the refurbishing work, which includes painting, plumbing and repairs to roofs and floorings of the homes.
Anakku Holdings Sdn Bhd product manager Albert Thong said the company allocated RM250,000 for the campaign with a pledge to make 10 orphanages in the Klang Valley enjoy a better quality of life.
“Callers to the radio stations nominated 33 homes.
“Ten were short-listed after visits were made by our company representatives to ensure that only homes in dire need of aid were given priority,’’ he told reporters during a press tour of the Desa Amal Jireh home in Kajang and the Shepherd’s Centre here, yesterday.
Desa Amal Jireh rents 12 units of houses for 90 inmates, aged between seven months to 93 years old.
Shepherd’s Centre operates from three buildings, which accommodate a total of 70 residents, aged between two and 19 years old.
According to Desa Amal Jireh public relations officer S. Chandran, a few of the houses in which the children stay have leaking roofs.
“Some of the owners have agreed to bear the cost to repair the damage but some have told us to do it ourselves.
“It is difficult to accommodate children in this kind of atmosphere as they would fall sick when it rains due to water seeping into the house,’’ he said.
He added that basic flooring work and paint jobs were also required.
Basic roofing and flooring works, will be carried out at Shepherd’s Centre.
Pastor Jacop David said among the many items the centre needed were school revision and reference books, stationery, chairs and tables.
Those who want to contribute can call the centre at 03-87231213.
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