PETALING JAYA: Malaysians should embrace their natural generosity and not let hard times dampen their spirit to help others in need, says Star Media Group chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow.
He said Malaysians are always ready to help those in need irrespective of race, which is a value that Star Media Group holds dear.
“It is something we must cherish and as the people’s paper, we must put our words into action and do whatever we can to ease the problems faced by others,” he said.
He said the Star Foundation would continue to help those in need despite the tough economic conditions.
“It is a stressful time for all businesses, but we will continue to do this as it is something we cherish very much,” he said.
Since it was set up in 2004, he said, the foundation had disbursed RM10mil which went into helping 239 organisations and benefited about 1,000 people.
This time around, the foundation disbursed a total of RM356,000 to 11 organisations to aid their monthly expenses and programmes.
“We hope that the organisations will make full use of the funds to help those in need,” Fu said during the Star Foundation mock cheque presentation ceremony at Menara Star yesterday.
The organisations, which received RM20,000 to RM50,000 each, were grateful for the contributions, which they said would go towards running their programmes.
“This is like an early Christmas present,” said S. Arul, deputy director of Montfort Boys Town in Shah Alam, which received RM45,000.
He said the organisation aimed to educate and train marginalised youths, especially school dropouts, to equip them with working and living skills.
“Training takes up a lot of our operation cost which keeps increasing, so Star Foundation’s contribution will go a long way,” he said.
Damai Disabled Person Association Malaysia hopes to use the RM20,000 it received to keep its wheelchair repair workshop running, as well as to fund its computer and sewing classes.
“Requests for wheelchair repairs have grown since we started in 2014, but spare parts can be expensive so this contribution will help us sustain it,” said its treasurer Mahabee Sulaiman.
Tan Guek Eng, who is chairman of the Kuantan Chinese Women and Family Development Organisation, said the RM20,000 contribution would go towards helping poor and single parent households in the area.
“We’ve been searching for funds so that we can help them take care of their children’s school needs or provide them with better living conditions,” she said.
Other recipients are Pertubuhan Perkhidmatan Intervensi Awal, Persatuan Kebajikan Sri Eden, Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Kurang Upaya Subang Jaya, Persatuan Kebajikan Kasih, Persatuan Kebajikan Orang Kurang Upaya Xi Le Er Malaysia, Society of the Blind in Malaysia, Pertubuhan Pusat Penyayang Langkah Awal and the Malaysian Association For The Blind.
Star Foundation is a charitable arm of the Star Media Group.
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