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The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc, leaving in its trail severe hardship for many. The rolling lockdowns have seen people losing their source of income, and hence, the ability to put food on the table. Hospital and medical staff are struggling under full capacity, and sometimes, have had to make difficult decisions and choices due to shortage of much needed equipment. It is at times like this that the realisation of what it is to be human deepens and that giving and receiving must transcend all other feelings. Caring Inner Wheel Clubs have rallied together to offer all kinds of assistance to distraught families and vulnerable individuals and even reached out to help hospitals, and not forgetting abandoned pets as well. The stories and photographs of the deeds of the good Samaritan Clubs below speak a thousand words.
On 1 July 2021, IWC Subang brought cheer to 65 medical students under quarantine at a local university by surprising them with comfort food that they had been missing so badly.
On 16 July 2021, monetary contributions were made to purchase Meatless Carepacks for the underprivileged, homeless and migrant workers in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur.
On 16 July as well, IWC Subang helped the many pets that had been abandoned. To reach out to help these once loved pets, the Club contributed to the Animal Food Bank set up in the area by a kind soul.
On 7 July 2021, IWC KLCC donated 100 food packs to families staying in low cost flats who had been deprived of income.
Another 50 families living in the KL area were provided basic provisions to see them through for a couple of weeks.
A special meal of noodles and fried chicken was prepared for 40 foreign workers in the KL area to bring some cheer for them and to celebrate the Aidil Adha festival which fell on 20 July 2021.
In collaboration with a Klang State Assembly Member, IWC Klang helped to prepare, pack and distribute 200 meals to the needy in the Klang area.
IWC Bangsar financially supported 15 families in the Kuala Lumpur area and also helped in the purchase and delivery of food items for foreigners.
IWC JB’s first project for the 2021-2022 term was to provide cooked meals for the homeless which kick-started on 11 July 2021. This project will continue for the next three months and beyond, if needed.
Members and well-wishers generously responded and donated to the Club’s appeal for funds which enabled the purchase of one month’s supply of provisions for four needy families which were delivered on 12 July 2021.
Following the visit to one of the families who had literally no furniture in their home, IWC donated bedding (mattresses, sheets and pillows) to help the family rest more comfortably when they turn in for the night.
A total of ,000 facemasks were delivered by IWC Butterworth to three major hospitals in Penang, each hospital receiving 1,000 of these high quality, medical grade masks.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Club has been working together with the Charter President to provide meals for fifty homeless people in the vicinity of KL, the first of which took materialised on 14 July 2021.
IWC KL North joined heart, soul and hands to top up supplies in the food bank which had been opened and maintained by a well-wisher in the vicinity of KL. The supply is expected to have helped at least 25 families in dire need.
Twenty needy families living in the Kuantan area were helped with food and provisions by the Club in collaboration with the Malaysian Medical Association Pahang Branch.
IWC Taiping went on a collection drive for baby items, like pre-loved and unused clothes as well as other baby essentials to help two Myanmarese mothers-to-be who had been badly affected by the loss of jobs of their husbands due to the pandemic.
Undeniably, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected millions of lives in Malaysia. During these challenging times, it is the non-governmental organisations that have been helping society’s most vulnerable population, and Inner Wheel Clubs are not the exception. Clubs have pledged to continue to help the less privileged and prioritise on those who need help the most. Even if the contributions may be small, it allows the distraught families to have enough to eat for a while and ensure that they do not fall through the cracks.