Food Distribution 3rd – 4th July 2010

4 July 2010 - 3:52am Comments Off

We distributed 884 packs of food to the homeless and urban poor in Kuala Lumpur of which 386 packs were given out in the evening round and 498 packs in midnight rounds.


Kind Sponsors

  • Silver Bird
  • Sykt Roti Jaya Bread Shop
  • Datuk KC Loh
  • Alice Ng
  • Mr Lee
  • Richard & Ms Leong
  • Berkeley Corner Restaurant
  • Umai-ya Restaurant
  • Elize & Johnny
  • Boathouse Restaurant
  • Tracey Yap
  • SOGO KL
  • Puan Sri Tan Swee Bee


Midnight Rounds

Saturday 3rd July 2010 @ 2130 hrs

38 volunteers distributed 498 packets of food tonight.

Sandra and Yang came to help in packing but did not join the rounds.

Most of our clients were not at their usual places in Sentul. Our volunteers had a hard time looking for them. There were fewer clients in Chow Kit too. Some of our clients told us that there were raids conducted on Friday night.

We came across a young man from Parit Buntar sleeping at a car showroom in Chow Kit. The 24 year old told us that he has been staying on the streets for the past two months. His parents divorced and his father took him to Kuala Lumpur, and stayed with his stepmother in Cheras. He later ran away from the house because he did not get along with her, and was determined not to return home. He also told us that he lost his MyKad about two days ago.

At Bangkok Bank, we also came across a man who appeared to be lost. Roslan claimed that he had just been released from jail a few days ago. He had been sentenced to jail for being a drug addict. His clothes were dirty and three of his right fingers were broken, which he claimed he sustained during an accident. Roslan explained that he was desperately looking for a job and a room to stay in, saying that he could not stand being on the streets any longer. He said he is willing to do anything to get off the streets.

In Brickfields, our volunteers visited Uncle Cheong after finishing their rounds at KL Sentral. We talked to him for a while and advised him again to go into a shelter home. He was still pretty reluctant, saying that it is fine for him as he has been out on the streets for so long. Uncle Cheong reiterated that he does not need to eat plenty of food or watch TV programmes to pass the time. He said he is happy with what he has now, and has no complaints about walking around looking for cardboard and other recyclables to sell. Uncle Cheong is 75 this year and has been on the streets for the past 40 years!

It began to drizzle when we were about to finish our food distribution rounds at about 1:30am. Distribution went smoothly without any untoward incidents.


Evening Rounds

Sunday 4th July 2010 @ 1630 hrs

22 volunteers distributed 386 packets of food this evening.

Qi Liang joined us for the first time this evening. He is the son of our regular volunteer Mr Lim.

We met a man at our distribution point in Greenhouse. About two weeks ago, he travelled to Kuala Lumpur all the way from Kedah to look for a job. Firdaus was robbed of all his belongings when he was sleeping on the streets. He has been on the streets ever since and from word-of-mouth, came to know about us. An appointment has been arranged for us to meet with him and help him to reapply for his identification card.

Another man we came across claimed that the company he previously worked for did not pay him his salary for two months. He left and has been unemployed from then on. He appeared to be clean and was eager to find a job. Our volunteers also found him to be sincere and honest. His previous working experience includes experience as a construction worker and security guard. Kechara Soup Kitchen will arrange for an interview for him with his new potential employer.

In Petaling Jaya, Jag has been missing for quite some time. We last heard from him two weeks ago when he refused to have his photo taken, saying that he hated himself. We looked everywhere for him, but was unsuccessful.

Food distribution went smoothly without any untoward incidents and ended at about 7pm.


Penang

The Penang team have recently expanded to run a midnight distribution service as well. On their first round, they found people sleeping outside a shopping complex, and six more homeless men and women sleeping in another area.

Because they were not expecting so many clients, they did not have enough food with them. Volunteers went to buy more packets so all of their clients were able to have a good meal. Leader Patsy Gooi has said they will be better prepared next time with 60 packets of food.

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