Ex-athlete receives food aid from Hope Place


KUCHING: A 58-year-old former Paralympic athlete residing at Batu Kitang has received assistance in the form of basic food aid and milk powder from Hope Place on Thursday (Oct 21).

Ani Nios, a disabled woman who lives with her three children, was a paralympic swimmer who had won multiple medals for Sarawak during her time as an athlete.

She used to work as an elevator operator, but her family’s conditions altered after Ani had an accident in the restroom and needed major knee surgery.

At the moment, her eldest child is the sole breadwinner in the family and she is employed as a helper in a special school for disabled children.

In addition, two of her children have also been identified as persons with disabilities (PwDs), with her second daughter having a mental disability and her youngest son has down syndrome and heart disease.

Aside from her knee recovery, Ani is now more concerned about her second daughter’s mental state, as she has displayed violent behaviour.

“She once tried to attack me with a metal rod,” she revealed.  

When the Hope Place team visited her home, they have discovered broken furniture and items tossed everywhere, indicating the signs of her daughter’s violence.

As a result of her troubles, Ani’s current health condition is rapidly deteriorating and despite receiving financial assistance of RM400 and RM150 each monthly for her two PwD children from the Social Welfare Department (JKMS), her family’s difficulties have prompted Hope Place to assist them for the time being.

For more information, Hope Place or Persatuan Kebajikan Harapan Kuching (PKHK) can be reached at 082-505987. Opening hours are from 8am to 5pm from Monday to Friday and 8am to 12pm on Saturdays.

All donations are welcome and receipts will be given upon request. Donations can be made directly to their Maybank account 511289001160 or by visiting their Facebook page to access their Sarawak Pay QR code.

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