KOTA BARU: Ten members from two families who had been begging near Padang Bank here for the last two weeks during the recent Ramadan, has a reason to smile and be happy when they celebrated Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
The reason why the ten members which include three children are happy is because they managed to collect more than RM5,000 in donations from the public.
The two families who were from Bachok, started to beg since June 3 at a few spots in Padang Bank and ended their begging activities early in the morning on Hari Raya day last Friday.
According to the family’s spokesman who only wanted to be known as "Kak Yah," they had to seek donation from the public because they could not afford to find money to buy food and raya clothes.
“We were willing to travel from Bachok, about 50 kilometres from here to seek public donation. We do not mind to sleep at a nearby mosque and continued to beg the next day just to get some money for us,” said the mother of eight who brought along her children, aged between seven and 18 to beg.
Apart from her children, the 48-year-old widow was also accompanied by her seven-month-old grandaughter.
The family claimed that they managed to collect huge amount from the public who symphatised with their plight.
“We have been travelling here since the last five years after the death of my husband. I could not afford to find money to support my family including my five children who are still studying.
“My daughter who is a single mother, works at a foodstall in Bachok but she only earns a small income. Her salary can only be used to support her and her small daughter,” said Kak Yah.
The 10 were among hundreds of beggars found seeking donation at Padang Bank and its surrounding areas during Ramadan.