NGO helps the needy and disabled

Husband and wife team Jeff Wee Hung Yee (right) and Tan Pei Chin of WormingUp putting the food items in boxes before distributing them. Photos: Ramidi Subari

PADAWAN: WormingUp supports rural vegetable growers by purchasing their produce and then donating them to the needy.

The non-governmental organisation (NGO) social enterprise also supports people with disabilities and the needy among local vegetable growers, said Tan Pei Chin, 27, one of the WormingUp members.   

“During the movement control order (MCO), all markets were directed to close and rural farmers, especially those with jungle produce were not able to sell even though their vegetables were full grown.

“We visited villages and approached the vegetable growers by purchasing their produce at a higher price,” she told reporters at the handing over of food donation at SJK (C) Chung Hua 10th Mile here on Sunday (July 26).

Husband and wife team Jeff Wee Hung Yee (right) and Tan Pei Chin of WormingUp.

Tan explained that the vegetables were then taken to urban areas to be sold there. The vegetables were also donated to the needy affected by the MCO.

“We packed the produce in grocery packs before distributing them,” she added.

Tan explained that as a social enterprise, WormingUp was supported by Alliance Islamic Bank.

WormingUp sponsored the food donated recently to 160 families with disabled members in Batu Kitang constituency.

The donations were presented by Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman and Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang.