Assistance for the Unfortunate

 

  Inner Wheel Club of Subang Selangor

20 January 2021

 

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With the new year 2021, most of us hoped for a return to normalcy but alas, this was not to be.  We saw an upward trend in COVID-19 cases and MCO (Movement Control Order) is now implemented in 6 states including Selangor.

 

However, this has not stopped IWC Subang Selangor to be sought out by persons in need and we continue to serve from a distance.

 

First, was a distress call from parents of a very ill newborn whose mother had pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure) which resulted in a premature caesarean birth and the newborn had complications later. All this resulted in a skyrocketed bill and the club donated some funds to ease the burden. The latest update we received is that the baby is recovering well.

 

The organisation SUKA (Persatuan Kebajikan Suara Kanak Kanak Malaysia) asked for urgent assistance.  SUKA protects and looks after human trafficking survivors both from within the country and from other countries. Victims are mainly women and young girls.  SUKA looks after them until they are connected to their respective families and they have a safe passage home.  The club supported them in the past by having games, meals and little gifts. It is indeed delightful to see the smiles on these unfortunate women, some as young as 15.

 

SUKA contacted our club again and this time, to help 35 juveniles and 40 lady victims.  They were in need of face masks, clothes, sanitisers, sanitary pads, foodstuff etc.  We arranged this swiftly and the items were sent by Grab transport as we could not go physically. Ms. Tara, our club Secretary also had friends from Sai Centre who in turn arranged for more foodstuff and clothing.

 

On 20 January 2021, the SPM (Form 5) students were back in school.  These students have to be extra careful to keep to social distancing whilst pursuing their studies, an arduous task to maintain. We had reserved our fabric masks for the students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsan Taman Sri Muda. Our member Ms. Asha, a teacher of the school, had the masks distributed to the happy students.  We truly hope the students stay safe.

 

This has brought our mask project to a conclusion.  Our small contribution to this decade‚Äôs catastrophe.

 

District Chairman Shanti Menon, who is our IWC Subang Selangor member, donated her relatively new electric sewing machine to a single mother who had sought temporary accommodation at RPS Shelter Home.  She has now moved to a house nearby and with her tailoring skills, hopes to support her family.  Thank you, DC for your very kind contribution.

 

~ Shamala Dharan, Club Correspondent