DATELINE KUALA SELANGOR: (Pictures by ILTC, Malaysians in Motion, Alison Murugesu-Ghani & Petpositive.)
To make matters worse, they were elderly and disabled too.
It was Petpositive members Stanislaus Anthony and Francis Siva who came across their hapless situation during a routine visitation programme conducted by the Independent Living and Training Centre (ILTC) in Rawang, Selangor.
Siva, incidentally, is President of the ILTC.
They alerted Our Society to their troubles. Because Petpositive is a Society for the elderly and the disabled, we decided to respond to their needs.
Membership to our Society for all elderly and disabled persons is automatic.
There is no payment for memberships. No sooner had our message gone out on our Facebook page when who else, but our beloved Captain Isyak Ghani and his lovely wife Alison Murugesu, came rushing to our assistance.
Ghani and Alison are no strangers to PETPOSITIVE.
The couple, together with their son Adrian (now five years of age) conducted a round-the-world 4X4 expedition from May 2008 until 19 August in 2009.
Their journey took them more than 60,000 miles through 43 countries and over four continents.
However, most important of all was a wheelchair commode so that they could attend to the calls of nature in comfort and safety. The poor folks only had a squatting toilet to use. Quite a few of them used walkers for mobility.
The Ghanis donated the commode chair and a table fan by delivering the items personally to PETPOSITIVE at our Therapy Centre (PTC) in Petaling Jaya.
This was done in the morning on February 19, last month.
Committee member S Gopalasingam was also at the PTC to receive the items.
The Ghanis gifts to the 11-old folks were presented on the 11th of this month at Kuala Selangor. But not before the ILTC dropping by at the Welfare Department in the area to get them all registered so that each of them can get some financial aid from the government.
We managed to get a top ranking officer to follow us there and then to visit the home.
The ILTC and PETPOSITIVE through Stanilaus Anthony is currently seeing to it that the arrangements proceed successfully.