Tough times for St. Nicholas Home after donations dwindle

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020

(From left) St. Nicholas' Home social welfare officer Siti Nor, resident and pastry chef Mohammad Hassan Ali, 40, Penang General Manager David Chiang (in pink) and resident Muhammeed Hamizan Mohd Noh, 19, making pineapple tarts to raise funds at their St. Nicholas Home at Jalan Bagan Jermal. Starpic by LIM BENG TATT/The Star/ 20 May 2020.

GEORGE TOWN (Bernama): St. Nicholas Home (SNH) for the blind is going through tough times as donations have reduced up to 80 per cent since the movement control order (MCO) came into force.

Its general manager David Chiang said although they were grateful to several government bodies for extending assistance, it is still a struggle to keep SNH up and running.

He said SNH's expenditure is around RM140,000 per month, which included the cost of maintaining the 2.43-hectare land and the payment for 40 staff members.

"In this uncertain economic situation, we expect donations to further decline and the situation to persist until the end of 2021," he said during a press conference, here on Wednesday (May 20).

He also said due to deteriorating financial contributions, some of the services SNH provides for the visually impaired including the child care centre would be put on hold.

"Therefore, we sincerely hope that generous donors will not slash the amount of donation given to us,” he added.

Meanwhile, Chiang said the SNH would also be doing several activities in an attempt to raise funds, including selling its pastries and handmade products online.

"We also participated in a singing contest held by Namewee, in which the winner would receive RM10,000 to be donated to a charity of choice," he added.

Those keen in donating to SNH can donate via bank transfer to bank account number 8003960785 (for CIMB) or 5070 6812 4535 (for Maybank), then e-mail the bank slip to Bernama

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