PETALING JAYA, Nov 3 (Sin Chew Daily) — Kuan Chee Heng, better known as Uncle Kentang, has launched the first charity home to accommodate people who are homeless or without incomes, including senior citizens awaiting to be put in old folks’ homes.
He said the home — located in Lenggeng, Negeri Sembilan, and donated by a young Chinese lady — will only accommodate up to ten male residents at this moment.
Currently there are six homeless men housed at the property.
Kuan said they are now in the midst of setting up a similar home for female residents and have plans for more premises in the future in order to benefit more people in need.
“It will be just a temporary abode for them. Once the residents have found their jobs, we will let them leave and start their new lives elsewhere.”
However, he said some of the residents are permanent mainly because they cannot live independently.
In a recent launching ceremony, Health Lane Pharmacy donated RM260,000 as one year of operating expenditure for the charity home.
The pharmacy will also place donation boxes at its branches nationwide as well as subsidiary Straits Pharmacy stores in Melaka for one whole year to raise funds for the charity home.
The fund raising campaign was jointly launched with Uncle Kentang in conjunction with the opening of Health Lane’s newest branch in SS3 Petaling Jaya on Tuesday.