JOHOR BARU: Year Three pupil A. Rishivarnan was all smiles as he received cash and food items courtesy of Plenitude Bhd in conjunction with the upcoming Deepavali celebration.
The nine-year-old boy whose father had passed away when he was little said that he was looking forward to shopping for clothes and food with his four siblings using the aid he received on Sunday.
“Since my father died, my mother has been the only one to support the family and we rarely eat at fancy outlets due to a tight budget,” he said when met at the Holiday Villa City Centre hotel here.
Rishivarnan was among 200 young recipients from less fortunate families to receive the aid during an event organised by Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) National Committee for Community Services.
Also present during the event was Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah who is MRCS’s royal adviser, Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Ibni Sultan Ibrahim who is the MRCS chairman of National Committee for Community Service and Tunku Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Ibni Sultan Ibrahim.
Another recipient, Year Six pupil Tang Hui Zi from SJK(C) Tampoi said that she has always loved celebrating Deepavali since most of her neighbours and friends would give muruku and other festive delights during the celebration.
“My Indian friends introduced me to their traditional food and costumes and I have developed a liking for their culture,” she said.
Tang’s schoolmate S. Janagashakti, 12, who also received the aid said that she would be sharing the food she received with her three siblings.
“My parents have taught us to share and I enjoy doing so,” she said, adding that her mother is a tailor while her father is a hotel manager.
MRCS National Committee for Community Services deputy chairman Datuk Mohd Rashidi Mohd Nor said that Plenitude Bhd donated RM50,000 to the recipients.
“Every year we will organise such events to help the less fortunate, especially children, during the various festive seasons,” he said.
The recipients included pupils from SKPK Princess Elizabeth, SK Ladang Pendas, SJK(T) Desa Cemerlang and SJK(C) Tampoi as well as from some selected families.