Polio victim recognized for selfless community service
DESPITE the many challenges Khoo Teik Ee faces following a paralysis from polio when he was only six months old, he has never shied away from taking responsibility for the impoverished elderly of Penang.
Khoo, 70, president of Grace Harmony Home, was honored for his dedication to the retirement home and also for his service as treasurer of the Penang Christian Cemeteries Association (PCCA).
The PCCA recently held a simple but meaningful ceremony to thank Khoo who left his post earlier this year for health reasons.
Association president Charles Lee presented Khoo with a plaque and check as a thank you for his service during the ceremony.
At the same ceremony, PCCA presented Grace Harmony Home with a check for RM3,000 in honor of Khoo and also as part of the association’s community social program.
The house was founded in 2011 to provide shelter, food and free medical care for the elderly.
It currently has 20 residents who have no children or families to take care of them.
The household, which depends solely on public funds, needs RM15,000 per month to cover its expenses.
PCCA is a non-profit organization that was established in 1975 with the aim of providing burial sites and funeral facilities to the Christian community in Penang.
The association manages more than 6,500 doghouses at Western Road Christian Cemetery on the island.
He also manages nearly 1.61 ha (four acres) of burial land at Praise Memorial Park in Jawi on the mainland.
It is also the only state association dedicated to the monitoring and management of Christian burials and burials.
Lim Siew Khim, congressman from Sungai Pinang, who was present with the PCCA committee members at the ceremony, congratulated Khoo on his dedication and passion.
“It is an honor to witness this opportunity. Despite her mobility issues, Khoo never complains, but continues to serve the elderly and the community, ”she said.
Those interested in contributing to Grace Harmony Home can email the home to [email protected] or call 019-4560749.
PCCA is a non-profit organization and can be contacted through their social media account at facebook.com/pccapenang.