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EDUCATION BOOST:Da Ma Cai’s annual Student Aid programme aims to aid special needs pupils
MANY pupils need assistance to pay their school fees. Pupils with special needs share similar problems, but they also face other challenges in their pursuit of education.
This year, Da Ma Cai’s annual Student Aid programme aims to aid special needs pupils.
The Student Aid 2012 programme was launched at SJK (C) Salak South with a games carnival for the pupils. About 1,120 special needs pupils from 60 primary schools offering the Special Education Integration Programme will receive RM300 each.
Da Ma Cai and its agents contribute a total of RM336,000 to the communities it which it operates.
This year’s recipients include special needs students from the Klang Valley, Johor, Perak, Penang, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Kedah and Pahang.
Pan Malaysian Pools managing director Tan Kong Han said: “Education is the foundation of any successful nation and the cornerstone of our future economic development and prosperity.”
He reiterated Da Ma Cai’s commitment to education and its aims to do its parts in complementing the Government Transformation Programme to uplift the quality of education in the country.
“The RM300 aid will help to lighten the parents’ financial burden in providing for the necessary school materials as well as extra-curricular fees for attending physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy in the 2013 academic year.”
At the launch of the programme, 53 special pupils from the host school were the first to receive the financial aid from Da Ma Cai. A total of 107, including special needs pupils from six other schools in the Klang Valley received the financial aid on the same day. The financial aid will be distributed through Da Ma Cai regional offices to other special needs pupils nationwide.
The pupils enjoyed themselves, won prizes and had ice cream and popcorn before they were treated to a light lunch.
“The 2012 Student Aid programme is the 22th consecutive year that this community outreach programme is organised,” said Tan.
“During this period, the Student Aid programme has given out more than RM21 million to 205,000 students nationwide.”
Da Ma Cai is a brand of PMP, Malaysia’s authorised numbers forecast and racing totalisator operator.
Da Ma Cai supports various causes in the areas of education, social welfare, public health, arts and sports development through a wide range of programmes and activities in the country.
Following the acquisition of PMP by Jana Pendidikan Malaysia Sdn Bhd, all of PMP’s net dividends that JPM receives will be donated to The Community Chest.
With this structure, Da Ma Cai has effectively been transformed from a for-profit organisation into a social business, providing long-term donations to The Community Chest for the benefit of the Malaysian community.