KUALA LUMPUR, Tuesday 30 August 2005 - An electronic mail was sent a week ago by UCSI’s Corporate Communications to all staff and students appealing for donations of foodstuff for the urban poor.
Within a week, staff of UCSI put together efforts to purchase foodstuff, from cooking oil, and vermicelli to rice, biscuits and other canned food to be given away to the families of some kidney dialysis patients at Charis-NKF Dialysis Centre in Taman Billion, Cheras.Representing Charis-NKF Dialysis Centre to receive the food items was the centre’s coordinator, Teong Soo Cheng.
Teong said that the center was grateful for the efforts put in by staff of UCSI to donate the food items for patients who are from the lower income group. “They are struggling to make ends meet, because they have to undergo dialysis three times a week, which are very costly and adversely affect their normal working hours,” she said.
She hopes that more Good Samaritans would come forward to donate food and household items to these needy families. “The donations will help to lighten their burden as breadwinners, and we want them to know that they are not suffering alone.
There are many people out there who are willing to help them in their predicament,” she said. In a simple presentation ceremony to commemorate Merdeka at UCSI, the food items were presented to Teong by a Tunku Abdul Rahman look-alike, in the form of second-year UCSI engineering student, Hiew Thian Wai.
The donation drive was part of UCSI’s Merdeka celebrations, where Hiew had earlier re-lived the glorious moments of the eve of August 31.
Any donations, whether in cash or kind, can be channeled to the center located at 62B Jalan Siput Akek, Taman Billion, 56000 Cheras. For more details, contact Charis-NKF Dialysis Centre at tel: 03-91303687.
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