January 19, 2012
Charity home founder arranges for
free wheelchairs for 16
FOR the past 10 years, Shu Siew
Yong has to carry her daughter Ngoo Hu Ai, who
is disabled, each time she needs to take her out
to the shop.
The mother of six said she had
been saving up to purchase a wheelchair so her
youngest child could move around the house with
it, but it was just too difficult.
“Caring for two disabled children
at home is really not an easy task as they need
to be attended to at all times,” said Shu, who
quit her job to look after her school-going
children in Manjung, Perak.
Here you go: Ong (right)
presenting ang pow to a young guest while Lim
(left) looks on.
The family relies solely on Shu’s
husband who is an odd job worker. “He does not
have a fixed salary. He only gets paid when
there is a job to do,” she said.
During the Gift of Life luncheon
hosted by its founder Wendy Chan recently, Shu’s
daughter was presented with a wheelchair.
Hui Ai was one of the 16
wheelchair recipients of the programme this
“I am very thankful to Wendy and
her team for choosing us to receive this
wheelchair. Now Hu Ai can use it at home and I
can take her to the park or shopping mall,” she
said, adding that Hui Ai’s twin brother Hui Ren
received his wheelchair last year.
During the event, many spoke
fondly of Chan’s charitable works including
Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled
executive director Sia Siew Chin who said that
the foundation saw Chan as their guardian angel.
“Whenever we need help in
anything, she is there for us.”
However, Chan said she had lost a
few good friends in the process of looking for
sponsors and monetary assistance each time a
“They will ask me if I am a
beggar and why my husband could not help me out.
In the end I have lost so many friends because I
keep asking them to donate but I believe I have
also made a lot of new friends in return,” said
Chan, who started the charity programme in 2004
Over the years, Chan had raised
more than RM200,000 which included offering some
111 gifts consisting of motorised wheelchairs,
medical cushions, hearing aids, computers,
holiday trips for the disabled and paying of
medical fees for a cataract patient.
The items were presented to
deserving individuals from Shuang Fu Disabled
Independent Living Association, SS2 Lovely
Disabled Home, Independent Living and Persatuan
Also present to distribute ang
pow packets and goodie bags was Petaling
Jaya Utara MCA federal development coordinator
Datuk Dr Wong Sai Hou, Kelana Jaya parliamentary
liaison officer Ong Chong Swen and Selangor MCA
Public Services and Complaints Department legal
adviser Datuk C.K. Lim.