MyKasih help­ing pupils through ‘Love My School’

New Straits Times - - News -

A to­tal of 220 un­der­priv­i­leged pupils in Sabah and Sarawak will re­ceive fi­nan­cial sup­port from the MyKasih Foun­da­tion un­der its “Love My School” stu­dent bur­sary pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme pro­vides sup­port for daily meals and learn­ing ne­ces­si­ties for un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents, thus re­duc­ing the bur­den on their par­ents.

Yes­ter­day, Cono­coPhillips Malaysia, which has sup­ported the pro­gramme for four years, con­trib­uted RM160,000 to the foun­da­tion so it could spon­sor the four schools that it had adopted since 2013.

Cono­coPhillips Malaysia president David Hen­di­cott pre­sented a mock cheque to MyKasih Foun­da­tion co-founder Tan Sri Dr Ngau Boon Keat at the launch of the the “Love My School” pro­gramme at SK St Theresa Inobong here.

The other three schools that will ben­e­fit from the bur­sary pro­gramme are SK St Paul Kolopis here, as well as SK Com­bined and SK Sun­gai Apong, in Kuching, Sarawak.

“Stu­dents reg­is­tered un­der the pro­gramme will re­ceive as­sis­tance via a MyKasih smart card. Ac­counts will be opened un­der the stu­dent’s name in the sys­tem, into which a spend­ing al­lowance of RM30-RM40 will be de­posited twice a month.

“They can use the card to pur­chase food from the can­teen, and books and sta­tionery from the school’s book­store,” Ngau said.

He said 10 bi­cy­cles would also be dis­trib­uted to each un­der­priv­i­leged pupil of SK St Theresa Inobong and SK St Paul Kolopis.

Some 100 pupils and their par­ents were present at the event.

Ngau ad­vised the bur­sary re­cip­i­ents to make full use of the as­sis­tance and to fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tion so they could have a brighter fu­ture.

“I un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion be­cause when I was younger, I went through try­ing times, too.

“I didn’t have a bi­cy­cle so I had to walk to school, but I was given the op­por­tu­nity to go to school.

“I did well in school so I could get a good job and earn money. Now, I’m suc­cess­ful, that is why I want to give back to so­ci­ety.

“Through the MyKasih Foun­da­tion, we want to give that same op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

PIC BY MOHD ADAM ARININ

MyKasih Foun­da­tion co-founder Tan Sri Dr Ngau Boo Keat (back row, cen­tre) and Cono­coPhillips Malaysia president David Hen­di­cott (sec­ond from right) with SK St Theresa Inobong pupils in Pe­nam­pang, Sabah, yes­ter­day.

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