PETALING JAYA: Organisations with noble causes received a boost for their programmes with help from Star Foundation.
The foundation distributed a total of RM177,520 to six non-profit organisations that help the underprivileged and disabled.
The six are Pink Triangle Foundation, Insaf Malaysia, Diabetes Malaysia, Lovely Disabled Home, Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation Klang and the Selangor Cheshire Home.
Star Media Group chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow said these bodies formed an integral part of the system, delivering sustainable, meaningful and impactful social initiatives to make Malaysia a better place.
"From health causes to supporting disabled and marginalised communities, non-profit organisations like you have put a lot of good work and commitment to address community issues that are still prevalent in society," he said.
Aware of their tireless work, Fu pledged the Star Foundation's continuous support to enable the organisations to further their causes.
Recipients were thankful for the support, saying it would help to push their programmes along.
Dr Rabiathul Badariah, programme manager of Pink Triangle Foundation's 2nd chance, said the RM20,000 it received would go into improving their efforts to help children living with HIV.
"We created this programme five years ago when we noticed that women and children living with HIV were neglected, as the focus had been to reach out to communities such as drug users, sex workers or transgenders living with the virus.
"One of the programme's objectives is to provide mental health support to the women and children, as many of them have been traumatised from domestic violence and stigmatisation," she said.
Insaf Malaysia, which builds homes for Orang Asli communities, said the RM70,000 it received would go into building two more homes for communities in yet-to-be-determined locations.
"We've built more than 150 homes for the community since 2012, and we plan to build more than 50 such houses this year," he said.
In addition to donating funds, Star Foundation, under its Wheelchair Programme, also presented two wheelchairs to recipients with cerebral palsy.
Low Wai Choo, 66, was thankful to get a lightweight wheelchair for her 34-year-old daughter, Chan Shit Yee.
"I noticed improved mobility with the lightweight wheelchair, and it's certainly easier for me when I need to lift it out from a vehicle," she said.
Carol Law, 46, was also happy that her daughter, Tham Zhi Ying, 19, now had a lighter and more comfortable wheelchair.
"She used to have a bigger one but she looked very uncomfortable in it as it tended to become unbalanced," she said.
Star Foundation is the charitable arm of Star Media Group and aims to deliver meaningful initiatives with lasting outcomes to a diverse group of beneficiaries.
For more information, visit starfoundation.com.my