150 needy families in S'pore receive supermarket vouchers and groceries

SINGAPORE - 150 needy families received supermarket vouchers and groceries at the Jalan Kayu Community Day, organised by Hwi Yoh Community Centre to help needy residents.

The event held on Saturday was attended by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, MPs from Ang Mo Kio GRC and grassroots leaders. This annual event is one of the Jalan Kayu HeartStrings programmes.

Educational institution and founding sponsor MDIS contributed $30,000 worth of supermarket vouchers and groceries such as cooking oil, oats and biscuits. To date, MDIS has so far contributed a total of $150,000 to Jalan Kayu Community Day activities since it started four years ago.

This year, two other local brands - Killiney International and Neo Group Limited - have also pitched in to help by contributing white coffee and rice respectively for the needy residents.

MDIS Secretary-General Dr R Theyvendran said that the Jalan Kayu Community Day is a very meaningful event and the organisation is pleased to see other donors such as Killiney International and Neo Group making their initial contributions to this cause.

Dr Theyvendran also added that MDIS has made extensive contributions by giving out scholarships and bursaries to students and will continue to provide assistance to the needy and serve the community.

Founder and CEO of Neo Group Limited, Neo Kah Kiat said that the company has various ways of giving back to the community such as monetary donations, providing freshly cooked meals to the needy and volunteering our time and resources at community events.

One of the beneficiaries of the donations is Madam Jajjah, 71, who works as a cleaner in a madrasah. Together with her son, they support their family of four with just under $2,000 a month. The vouchers and groceries will be able to defray some of her household expenses.