The joy of serving the community

Team effort: Lim (front most, right) with the community policing team members in front of their centre in Taman Free School.

GEORGE TOWN: For the past seven years, Lim Teik Aun has devoted his time to helping the poor and needy.

Although it can be tough at times, he said he feels a sense of accomplishment of being able to help the people as a member of the voluntary community police team.

“The more I give, the happier I feel. Throughout the years, we have attended to numerous cases including accidents, search and rescue missions with local authorities to locate missing persons, old folk in need of help during emergency situations and other community-related incidents, ” he said.

Self-employed Lim, who is now the Penang Community Policing Charity Team chairman, said he started a voluntary group about seven years ago.

“Our group would share all kinds of cases on social media with other community groups.

“We would then discuss among ourselves to see who is able to reach out fastest to assist the victims.”

Soon, he noticed that there was a need to set up a proper organisation to provide the necessary aid when he saw more and more cases popping up involving the community.

“So in 2017, we started the Penang Community Policing Charity Team, ” said Lim.

Back then, there were just about 30 to 40 members.

“Now we have over 300 members, with 178 members from the Taman Free School area, ” he said when met at the centre in Taman Free School.

Lim said their team consists of members who are trained in first aid and experienced to be the first responder.

“All our members have to undergo first aid training as well as first responder training.

“This is to ensure that each and every one of us know how to handle emergencies.

“For example, when an elderly person faints at home, and suffers from medical complications like a heart attack, our members can attend to them.”

And in cases like a fire, or when someone goes missing in a forest, he said the team members who are on standby, would also head there to assist the authorities.

“Currently, during the Covid-19 outbreak, we launched a fund to buy PPE suits and face masks for the frontliners.

“We have also sent some 1,300 food packs to needy families in Penang throughout the movement control order, ” he added.

He said that all of them were volunteers who were doing this during their free time.

“I rarely have the chance to properly spend time with my family, ” he said.

Most of his time, he said, was spent on his job and the voluntary work of the policing team.

“My wife cares for our children at home, ” he said. The couple have three sons aged 12,16 and 18.

Lim hoped that more people would volunteer to serve the community.

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