Charitable body brings Raya cheer to 92 underprivileged families

Fatimah (centre) poses for a photo-call with the charitable body's trustees and sponsors of the event.

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KUCHING, June 12: In conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri which is just the corner, Sarawak Hun Nam Siang Tng organised a ‘Hari Raya Food and Cash giving ceremony for the underprivileged’ event to give out goody bags containing basic necessities to a total of 92 underprivileged Malay families yesterday.

The event which was held at the Hun Nam Siang Tng Charity hall at Jalan Sekama here was officiated at by Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah.

Bags containing Hari Raya goodies valued at RM400 each ready to be distributed.

Each of the bags carried items worth about RM400 in value, including rice, ‘angpow’, meat, biscuits, cooking oil and other basic household items which will come in handy for the recipients. This year, each bag also included Hari Raya cakes sponsored by Taka Cake House.

Seen are some of the recipients who attended the event.

Sarawak Hun Nam Siang Tng usually organises events to give out ‘angpow’ and food items just a few days before major festivities such as Chinese New Year, Hari Gawai Dayak, Hari Raya and Deepavali for the respective communities.

Earlier this year, 200 needy Chinese families received similar food bags before Chinese New Year while a total of 63 Dayak families had their turn just before Hari Gawai last month.

According to the organiser, the giveaway of goodies for needy members of the Indian community celebrating Deepavali has been fixed for October. However, so far only two families have registered.

Members of the public are encouraged to contact the charitable body should they come across any needy families who might need similar assistance.

Established since 1957, the reputable charitable body is known locally just as Hun Nam Siang Tng. Besides caring for elderly folks, it is also involved in other charitable activities including providing funeral services. — DayakDaily