Star Foundation comes to the aid of those having difficulty walking

Worthy cause: A beaming Lay Yean posing for the camera together with Liong (in red dress) and family members of the other recipients at the Star Foundation wheelchair presentation ceremony at the Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas, Penang.

GEORGE TOWN: Oon Lay Yean smiled as she settled comfortably into her brand new wheelchair, assisted by her husband and daughter.

The 60-year-old, who has diabetes, said the wheelchair will always be a reminder of the care her late nephew, Star Media Group telephonist Muhammad Haiqal Zikri Oon Abdullah (Oon Soon Eng), had al­ways showered on her.

Lay Yean said Soon Eng, whom she fondly refers to as Andrew, had applied for the wheelchair for her through the Star Foundation, the charitable arm of the Star Media Group, prior to his death in September last year.

“I had difficulty walking after I started having infection on my left leg around December 2015. Then in June last year, my left leg had to be amputated at the thigh because of infection.

“A relative gave me a wheelchair since I already had difficulty walking before my leg had to be amputated. Andrew, who is always so caring, had also applied one for me,” she said after the Star Foundation wheelchair pre­­sen­­tation ceremony at the Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas on Wednesday.

Lay Yean, who was accompanied by her husband, hawker Yong Ah Meng, 58, and daughter Yong Nga Mun, 21, thanked the Star Foundation for the wheelchair.

“It’s very convenient as it can be folded and transported in a car,” she said.

Another wheelchair recipient was Mariam Hashim, 84, who is the mother of Che Hussain Osman, 61, a retired security guard of The Star.

“She’s currently using a walking stick. Now, with the wheelchair, it would be more convenient for her to go out,” said Che Hussain who received the wheelchair on behalf of his mother as she was not able to attend the ceremony.

Also receiving wheelchairs on be­­half of their family members were four serving employees of the Star Media Group.

The Star Foundation “On Humani­­tarian Grounds” Wheel­chair Pro­­gram­me was held in conjunction with Star Media Group’s 45th anniversary celebrations last September.

Also present was Star Media Group regional operations general manager (north) Simone Liong.

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