Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Meals on Wheels (MOW) Celebrate Deepavali - A celebration of LOVE

Meals on Wheels (MOW) celebrated Deepavali at Klang Utama Caring Home last Sunday, 19th October, with lots of LOVE.

It all began with the congregation of The Fraternity Riders and MOW's volunteers at our Penchala Centre, where the convoy took off and headed towards Klang at 11am.

The Fraternity Riders and MOW volunteers at TI RATANA PENCHALA Centre

On the way to the Home, we "picked up" other 10 bikers before arriving at the Home. You can imagine the impressive sound of the bike's engine as we turned into the Home and our arrival caused quite a stir in the quiet neighbourhood.

The children were all excited with the arrival of so many guests and of course, the sight and sound of the big roaring bikes.  This caused some chaos, but one of the caretakers of the Home, aka 'Teacher" managed to calm the children and got them seated for a brief welcome and greeting. The head caretaker aka "Mummy" looked tired but happy that we chose her Home to celebrate the festival of lights.

By then it was past noon, so we fed the children with rice, mutton curry, fried tenggiri fish and vegetables. Our brothers from the Fraternity Riders, serving lunch was a sight to behold!

We also brought ladhu, assortment of muruku, apples and pears for dessert but the children were too stuffed after lunch, and these sweet stuff were saved for tea later in the day.

After lunch, some of the children fooled around with gadgets like camera, iPad, walkie talkie, helmets and handphones of the volunteers. They loved having their pictures taken and able to see it instantly.

No MOW event will be complete without games, and this was handled by Fuzi Magic, Christine and friends, with the help of the Teacher. Winners were awarded prizes. And all the kids were given goodie bags and cookies.

With the cash donations we collected for this event, apart from paying for the lunch, we purchased two food trolleys and clothes dryers as requested by Mummy.

The highlight of the day was of course the joy ride given by the Fraternity Riders to the children as well as some of the volunteers. The children were thrilled and of course, one VROOM VROOM ride around the neighbourhood is just not enough. The adults hop on the bike for a thrill ride too!

The bike ride marked the end of MOW's Deepavali celebration at the Home. It was indeed a celebration of LOVE. With about 30 volunteers from The Fraternity Riders, Fuzi Magic, Christine and friends, and of course MOW, there were plenty of LOVE for the 40 plus children living in this Home.

For the children of Klang Utama Caring Home ... it was a wonderful and joyous day to remember and cherish. For the volunteers, it was a Sunday well-spent.

Thank you to our donors and volunteers without whom the event would not have been possible.

LGB Holdings Sdn. Bhd.
Empire Stone Marketing
Dennis Pet & Family
Mr See & Kim
Alex & Adrian Lee
Teoh Seok Thien
Wong Kah Keen
Raymond Jude James
Joseph Xavier
Derek Beins
Aravind Kumar
Appaduria Raja
Yong Nyok Kiong
Puvendran Chandran
Wong Kah Keen
Fuzi Magic
Christine Choy
Fraternity Riders
Santi Forest Monastery, Ulu Tiram
Bro Tommy, Ivan, Andrew
Bro Amar
Bro Swee Keong
Bro Kho
Sis Cat
Sis Kim

Please click on link below for more pictures from this event:

Posted by: Kim
Pictures courtesy of: Amar

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Meals on Wheels (MOW) Food Bank - Helping hand from Dupont's staff

We were delighted to have staff from Dupont joining us in MOW Food Bank delivery of groceries last Monday, 20th Oct. It was the first of Dupont's CSR initiative, and the staff were eager to contribute to this cause.

First stop was to Mdm Ngai and her boys in Kepong.

Then onwards to Mdm Wena who was about to leave for work. Then to Ng Geok Poh's flat where the husband was waiting for us with his trolley.

We got to the Chok's flat in Jinjang just as Lucas and his grandma reached home after school. Lucas was not in a good mood and refused to smile although Bro Ivan was teasing him.

The last house we visited was Mr Maran in Sentul. Both husband and wife were out, but the children welcomed us. I must say Sasi is looking well despite giving us a scare a few weeks ago when he was in the ICU. Doctors said his lungs are badly damaged but he must have a very strong will to live. When I called out his name, he gave me a beautiful smile ... made my day!

Thank you to our new group of volunteers from Dupont and we hope the experience last Monday will inspire them to press on with more CSR activities.

And of course, thank you to all our generous donors to our MOW Food Bank program for your continued support.

Posted and pictures by: Kim

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Meals on Wheels (MOW) Happy Child - latest beneficiary of this program

Lee Cheng Shoon is a 9 year old boy who had severe head injury after an accident early this year. He was in a coma, mentally and physically handicapped. After 9 months, he is at home, and he has shown very little progress - recognition of family members, very little speech, and slight movements in his right limbs. He needs to be cared for 24/7 and he is fed Pediasure milk through a tube. His other needs at home include diapers, suction catheters, and copolymer examination gloves.

Cheng Shoon is the second in a family of 4 children. His father has a small bicycle shop in Kubang Kerian, and makes about RM1,000-RM1,200 a month, to support his family including his grandmother and grand mother-in-law. The mother is a housewife. Whatever little savings they had, have been used to care for Cheng Shoon since the accident, in addition to some donation they received from the public, since the case was in the local newspapers earlier this year.

Doctor said his brain is "unsalvageable". His recovery is going to take a very long time. He consumes about 400gm per day of Pediasure, which the family buys at a subsidised price of RM940 for 1 1/2 months supply. The subsidy was approved by the Dept of Social Welfare.

We are touched by the plight of this family, and will sponsor Cheng Shoon's milk supply for 6 months from Nov 2014 to Apr 2015 under the MOW Happy Child program, after which we will review before deciding on sponsorship for subsequent months.

Posted by: Kim
Pictures courtesy of: Kim Ean