Bringing CNY cheer to senior citizens

Sports Toto Malaysia Executive Director Nerine Tan (left) hands over a mock cheque to Sister Lucy Maria representing Pusat Jagaan Little Sisters of the Poor.

KUCHING: Sports Toto ushered in the Year of the Ox by starting off its 34th annual ‘Chinese New Year Ang Pow Donation Campaign’ to benefit 4,660 senior citizens from 118 old folks’ homes nationwide which started on Monday (Feb 22) to Feb 26.

“We regret that we are unable to hold the campaign, which has been held for more than 30 years for the needy public, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our targeted beneficiaries are senior citizens who fall under the high-risk category and we simply cannot take the risk to do a public donation campaign this year,” said Sports Toto Malaysia Sdn Bhd executive director Nerine Tan.

She said this when launching the donation campaign at Pusat Jagaan Little Sisters of the Poor in Kuala Lumpur.

“The pandemic has been a serious threat not just to the people, but to businesses as well and Sports Toto is not spared from it.

“However, we are content that we are still able to hold a series of charitable events to help the needy and underprivileged groups,” she said.

Tan added that Sports Toto is always committed to its corporate social responsibility in realising a sustainable society and the company hopes that the traditional ‘Chinese New Year Ang Pow Donation Campaign’ can be resumed when the pandemic ends.

Sports Toto began identifying and liaising with the selected old folks’ homes registered with the Social Welfare Department since August last year.

Each home would receive a cash donation ranging from RM2,500 to RM10,000, as well as shopping vouchers worth RM1,500 to RM5,000 depending on the number of people in one home.

Since the inception of this campaign in 1988, Sports Toto has contributed over RM22.5 million worth of ang pow and hampers to more than 414,000 senior citizens in the country.