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 Thursday January 19, 2012

Charity home founder arranges for free wheelchairs for 16

By CHRISTINA LOW
christinalow@thestar.com.my

FOR the past 10 years, Shu Siew Yong has to carry her daughter Ngoo Hu Ai, who is disabled, each time she needs to take her out to the shop.

The mother of six said she had been saving up to purchase a wheelchair so her youngest child could move around the house with it, but it was just too difficult.

“Caring for two disabled children at home is really not an easy task as they need to be attended to at all times,” said Shu, who quit her job to look after her school-going children in Manjung, Perak.

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Here you go: Ong (right) presenting ang pow to a young guest while Lim (left) looks on.

 

The family relies solely on Shu’s husband who is an odd job worker. “He does not have a fixed salary. He only gets paid when there is a job to do,” she said.

During the Gift of Life luncheon hosted by its founder Wendy Chan recently, Shu’s daughter was presented with a wheelchair.

Hui Ai was one of the 16 wheelchair recipients of the programme this year.

“I am very thankful to Wendy and her team for choosing us to receive this wheelchair. Now Hu Ai can use it at home and I can take her to the park or shopping mall,” she said, adding that Hui Ai’s twin brother Hui Ren received his wheelchair last year.

During the event, many spoke fondly of Chan’s charitable works including Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled executive director Sia Siew Chin who said that the foundation saw Chan as their guardian angel.

“Whenever we need help in anything, she is there for us.”

However, Chan said she had lost a few good friends in the process of looking for sponsors and monetary assistance each time a need arises.

“They will ask me if I am a beggar and why my husband could not help me out. In the end I have lost so many friends because I keep asking them to donate but I believe I have also made a lot of new friends in return,” said Chan, who started the charity programme in 2004 with Sia.

Over the years, Chan had raised more than RM200,000 which included offering some 111 gifts consisting of motorised wheelchairs, medical cushions, hearing aids, computers, holiday trips for the disabled and paying of medical fees for a cataract patient.

The items were presented to deserving individuals from Shuang Fu Disabled Independent Living Association, SS2 Lovely Disabled Home, Independent Living and Persatuan Cacat Malaysia.

Also present to distribute ang pow packets and goodie bags was Petaling Jaya Utara MCA federal development coordinator Datuk Dr Wong Sai Hou, Kelana Jaya parliamentary liaison officer Ong Chong Swen and Selangor MCA Public Services and Complaints Department legal adviser Datuk C.K. Lim.

 

 

 

 
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