GEORGE TOWN: When help comes in during hard times, a sigh of relief sweeps over those at charity homes.
That was what happened at Eden Handicap Service Centre, which received RM25,000 from Star Foundation.
“We are grateful to Star Foundation for helping us refurbish and upgrade our seven vehicles, ” said centre co-founder Madelene Tan.
The centre provides a critical service for those who are wheelchair-bound.
It provides free transport service, using special, custom-built vans that would allow the handicapped to get in with their wheelchair.
But after seven years and over 30 trips a day, the wear and tear had begun to show.
Thus, she said the help had come at the right time during this pandemic.
She said the contribution would enable the organisation to continue with its project of helping the disabled to transform their lives and be more independent.
The Star Foundation cheque was handed over by journalist Imran Hilmy from The Star recently.
Established in 1993, the organisation provides hostel accommodation for disabled adults and children and a daycare centre for disabled children in George Town.
It also has a recycling and cleaning service unit in Bayan Lepas where trainees separate recyclable items and provide cleaning services for a fee.
The organisation’s “Eden Handy-CAB” service provides free transport for those who are wheelchair-bound to get to hospitals and dialysis centres for treatment.
“Even government departments in Putrajaya would call us to help ferry disabled people with our vans when they have events that include them, ” Tan said.
Star Foundation, formed in 2004, is the philanthropic arm of Star Media Group Bhd.
It raises and administers tax-exempted funds for social causes for education, environment conservation and social welfare including medical funding for the underprivileged and the support of charity homes.
Visit https://www.starmediagroup.my/star-foundation/ for details.