Trust fund set up for burn sur­vivor

Amanah Raya will take care of El­iz­a­beth’s ed­u­ca­tional and med­i­cal needs

The Star Malaysia - - The Good News Page - By FATIMAH ZAINAL fatimah@thes­tar.com.my

KUCHING: Amanah Raya Bhd has set up a trust fund for 15-year-old burn sur­vivor El­iz­a­beth El­ida Ed­ward.

The trust deed was fi­nalised af­ter a dis­cus­sion in­volv­ing the pub­lic trustee, El­iz­a­beth and her mother M Murni J Muteh yes­ter­day.

El­iz­a­beth, who was also given art sup­plies, a lap­top and a smart­phone, was over the moon.

“I’m happy and ex­cited to have re­ceived the trust fund, gifts and con­tri­bu­tions from the pub­lic,” said El­iz­a­beth, who sur­vived a home fire 13 years ago with se­vere burns, in­hala­tion in­juries and sev­eral de­for­mi­ties.

“My ad­vice to oth­ers is to ig­nore neg­a­tive things said about you. There are many more peo­ple who care than those who don’t.

“So when you’re down, think about all the peo­ple who love and care about you,” she said.

Amanah Raya has do­nated RM5,000 to start the trust fund and aims to raise RM100,000 in the next three months, said its man­ag­ing direc­tor Ade­nan Md Yu­sof.

“The ob­jec­tive of the trust fund is for her to have a bright fu­ture. The money will be for her ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal needs. We will in­vest the money com­pet­i­tively for her fu­ture ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal needs.

“We will do our best to grow the money. As a Gov­ern­ment en­tity, we have no (vested) in­ter­est in the fund and will man­age it with ut­most ac­count­abil­ity,” he said, adding that the life­span of the trust fund was 60 years.

El­iz­a­beth, a Form Three stu­dent at SMK Wira Pen­ris­sen here, will re­ceive a monthly stipend for her med­i­cal, ed­u­ca­tion and daily needs.

Ade­nan read about El­iz­a­beth’s story, which was pub­lished in The Star on Oct 2, and got his team to work on set­ting up the fund.

Padawan Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil chair­man Lo Khere Chi­ang, in wel­com­ing the CSR ini­tia­tive by Amanah Raya, said he was touched by how Malaysians are help­ing El­iz­a­beth.

“You have shown that we can all do some­thing for the less for­tu­nate. I’d like to en­cour­age more peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions to fol­low Amanah Raya, which has given new hope to El­iz­a­beth,” said the Batu Ki­tang as­sem­bly­man, who also do­nated RM1,000 to the fund. Murni, 42, said she was grate­ful for the aid. “I am speech­less. I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who helped to con­trib­ute to my daugh­ter,” said Murni, a sin­gle mother who works as a driver.

El­iz­a­beth, a bud­ding writer, re­ceived an Acer Swift 1 lap­top cour­tesy of Acer Sales and Ser­vices Sdn Bhd.

“We want to in­spire her and sup­port her dream of be­com­ing a writer. We’re moved by her spirit of not giv­ing up and we want her to achieve her dreams,” said Acer Kuching branch man­ager Wong Ho Lock, who pre­sented the lap­top to El­iz­a­beth.

She also re­ceived a Sam­sung Galaxy A5 smart­phone from 4Fingers Crispy Chicken, a Sin­ga­porean chain of fast ca­sual restau­rants.

“We hope this lit­tle gift will be use­ful for her to doc­u­ment her jour­ney.

“We just wanted to brighten her day a lit­tle and wish her all the best in what­ever she chooses to do,” said se­nior mar­ket­ing man­ager Jayss Ra­joo.

As ac­count trustee, Amanah Raya trust funds pro­tect ben­e­fi­cia­ries, es­pe­cially mi­nors and the dis­abled.

Con­tri­bu­tions to El­iz­a­beth’s trust fund can be sent to May­bank ac­count 564155557121 un­der Amanah Raya Ber­had For Tabung Ke­ba­jikan El­iz­a­beth.

The pub­lic started con­tribut­ing to the fund af­ter it was set up last week. Those with en­quiries can call 1-800-88-ARB (272).

El­iz­a­beth ad­mir­ing her gifts of art sup­plies, a lap­top and a smart­phone, which were con­trib­uted by mem­bers of the pub­lic, Acer Sales and Ser­vices Sdn Bhd and 4Fingers Crispy Chicken re­spec­tively. Kind­ness of strangers:

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