RM12,000 gift to ease home’s burden

For you: Star journalist Illi Aqilah handing over the cheque to the Precious Gift Orphanage Home at Silibin in Ipoh.

IPOH: With 17 children under its care, Precious Gift Home needs a constant supply of fresh food, canned goods and cash to keep things going. Thanks to the Star Foundation’s RM12,000 contribution its burden will be eased for the next two months.

The centre’s caretaker and chairman Leena Anthony, 56, said the money would be used for daily expenses, utilities and groceries.

“Our monthly expenses can be between RM8,000 and RM9,000 – mainly to pay bills and service a housing loan.

“We are truly grateful to Star Foundation for its assistance,’’she said.

“At present, the home has six full-time workers, including Leena.

“Aside from cash and food supplies, we are looking for volunteers who can teach the children, and a driver.

“We now have a 30-year-old van but it costs a lot to maintain,” she said.

Star Foundation, the charitable arm of Star Media Group since 2004, raises, receives and administers funds for charitable, social and research purposes.

The foundation has collaborated with various NGOs such as Mercy Malaysia, MyKasih Foundation, National Stroke Association of Malaysia (Nasam) and many more.

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