For a single mother from Kota Warisan, the assistance from Putrajaya Holdings was warmly welcomed as she prepared for Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year.
Sri Marni Zainal Abidin, 44, was diagnosed with fibroids that stopped her from being able to do heavy work.
“I was hospitalised and I was advised not to do heavy work, since then I’ve been staying at home,” she said after receiving the assistance in collaboration with charity organisation MyKasih Foundation at a supermarket here on Monday (April 17).
Sri Marni said her eldest daughter who has graduated from college studies has been the breadwinner of the family of three.
“My daughter works at a kindergarten nearby here, and she has been financially supporting the family.
“Since I’m sick, a lot of expenses are needed,” she said, and added that she has been receiving treatment in Kuala Lumpur General Hospital.
Sri Marni is one of the total of 200 families from B40 categories selected by MyKasih Foundation to receive RM200 worth of grocery items and RM50 duit raya.
A Muslim convert, Aisyah Rani Francis, 41, said she was grateful to be chosen by the organisation to receive the assistance that could help her face the celebration with a peace of mind.
“I’m so happy to receive the assistance that consists of the grocery and duit raya (cash assistance),” she added, who hailed from Tambunan, Sabah.
Aisyah Rani said despite her being new to the religion, her fellow Muslims in the community had never sidelined her. Instead, they had been extending a lending hand.
Star Media Group chief business officer Lydia Wang said: “In conjunction with Hari Raya, we’re grateful to partner with Putrajaya Holdings to bring some festive cheer to families in need.
“Basic necessities such as food have become a luxury for many. We hope this assistance can help lighten their burden as they usher in the celebrations,” she added.
Also present at the assistance handing over ceremony attended by 10 selected families were Putrajaya Holdings (PjH) chief executive officer Datuk Hashimah Hashim and MyKasih Foundation board of trustees Datuk Yaacob Md Amin.
MyKasih Foundation is a charity organisation that aims to help underprivileged Malaysians through food aid and education.
The uniqueness of the MyKasih programme is in the cashless payment system that drives its welfare distribution.