GEORGE TOWN: Some 135 children at the Penang Hospital's paediatric wards here have good reason to be cheerful for the Chinese New Year, thanks to the Children's Wish Society of Malaysia and Mydin Wholesale Emporium Sdn Bhd. A team from the society comprising vice-president Teoh Teik Hoong, board member Lim Ai Mee, and other volunteers were at the hospital recently to distribute hampers to the children.
They were joined by Mydin Wholesale Emporium Sdn Bhd director Sadruddin G.H, Mydin Wholesale Hypermarket marketing and communications manager Sabariah Mohd, the consultant paediatrician Dr Cheah Yee Ping, and Sadhu Vaswani Society chairman Pishu Murli Hassaram.
Teoh said during a festive season, the children's wish society delivers gifts to children who are ill to cheer them up. "Special preference is given to fulfil the wishes of children under palliative care," he said, after presenting the hampers at the hospital.
At the function, Sadruddin also presented cash vouchers to staff nurse Norliana Nordin, who accepted them on behalf of the children. Present was assistant deputy director (medical) Dr Shameni Sundran.
Teoh said the Children's Wish Society was formed about four years ago. Meanwhile, Pishu said the Sadhu Vaswani society has been providing aid to the Penang Hospital's welfare unit. "Some 21 families receive food and diaper aid monthly costing about RM2,300," he said. "We also provide items like walkers, clutches and stationery supplies such as colouring books and deck chairs."
Among the children who received hampers was Mohd Daniel Mohd Yusoff, from Kulim, Kedah.Daniel, 9, was hospitalised at the paediatric ward after a car accident in December last year.is mother, Sarina Shukor, 34, said the family is grateful to the donors for the hampers.
"These gifts will help to cheer up my son and other children as well."
Other recipients were 10-month-old Amar Qusyaire Mohd Wafi from Teluk Bahang, who was under observation and treatment for fits; and Nur Ainin Natasha Najwa Mohd Asri, 3, who was being treated for pneumonia.