GEORGE TOWN: Born into poverty, the Woo triplets were nearly split and put up for adoption. Thanks to Good Samaritans, they remained together and had food on the table.
The two boys and a girl, who will turn 10 on Wednesday, were surrounded by loved ones and well-wishers at a dinner party specially held for them yesterday.
It was hosted at the posh Hei Yeong Seng Restaurant in Penang Plaza.
Ely, 40, their Indonesian mother, thanked the public for their donations, which made it possible for her to raise the triplets, besides her two older sons.
The sibling’s father Woo Kwee Fatt, who was 57 when they were born, was the family’s sole breadwinner with a meagre income as a coffeeshop helper.
After the triplets were born, the couple were advised to put brothers Yu Fook and Yu Keong and their sister Yen Fong up for adoption, but the couple could not bear to see them parted.
Along came social worker Lee Thuan Chye, who set up a trust fund to care for them till they turned 18 in 2026.
Every month for the last 10 years, RM1,000 from the fund went to their educational and personal needs.
“We never skipped a single month, thanks to the people’s kindness. It was like a miracle.
“Every time the fund started to run dry, there will be people offering to donate again to keep it going,” Lee said at the dinner sponsored by him and his friends.
He said the trust fund now stood at RM13,000, which he said would be enough to last for only 13 months.
“We are looking for people to help us see the triplets through to 2026,” he said, adding that he could be contacted at 012-478 2894.
Ely said it was a blessing watching her children grow up despite the family’s difficulties.
“It is easier now that they are older, with the hardest of times having been overcome,” said Ely, who works as a hotel housekeeping assistant.
Woo could not attend the dinner due to his work.
One of the triplets, Yen Fong, said she wants to become a doctor.
“I want to help people who are sick. I fall sick sometimes and doctors helped me feel better,” she said.
Yu Fook said he wants to join the army while Yu Keong is aiming to become a fireman.