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Latin ladies provide help to two non-profit groups
Published on: Friday, February 17, 2017

Kuala Lumpur: The Latin Ladies Association of Malaysia (LLAM) contributed RM152,100 to "Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-Kanak Cacat Taman Megah" (PPKKCTM) and "We Care Journey," with funds raised from its IX Latin Charity Ball "Fiesta Marichi" held in November last year.

LLAM's President Alicia Rijnberg said here today that PPKKCTM, a non-profit organisation, which offers a home to children, youth and adults with physical disabilities, will receive RM32,100 to buy one set of muscular therapy machine, two television sets and one washing machine.

The remaining RM120,000 will be donated to We Care Journey, a society providing support to patients and their families suffering from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare genetic defect causes a neuromuscular disorder, she said after the cheque presentation ceremony.

The funds will be used by We Care Journey to buy cough assist machines for SMA patients to cough and clear their secretions as breathing problems are the most common cause of illness.

Rijnberg said that LLAM and PPKKCTM have developed a long relationship and have been working together for over 10 years, while it was a first donation for We Care Journey.

"LLAM will continue with some of the causes that traditionally has supported, children, women, education, supporting refugees or families living in extreme need, and it will remain in a constant effort to learn more about Malaysia and its people," she added.

LLAM's charity coordinator Natahalie Nunez Vazquez said that the association would continue to help the unfortunate and needy, as well as organising activities and conferences to raise awareness apart from raising fund.

She said that LLAM would also continue to assist refugees, which it had done for the past five years, with focus on education like contributing books and reading materials as well as work jointly with volunteers to offer free tuition.

Meanwhile, We Care Journey's co-founder, Edmund Lim, said that LLAM's donation was very meaningful for SMA patients, especially in getting cough assist machines, which cost about RM25,000 each.

Lim, who has a son diagnosed with SMA, said that there was a need to raise awareness and provide information about the disease, providing support and patient care, as well as promoting acceptance and accessibility. – Bernama

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