PIDM, MAB intensify assistance to sustain well-being of blind community

Support includes provision of financial literacy modules, braille equipment and meals at vaccination centre
 
Kuala Lumpur, 15 June 2021: Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM) has today sponsored food baskets to families of the blind, as well as meals to frontliners and volunteers managing the vaccination centre for the blind. This is part of PIDM’s greater collaboration with the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) to support the well-being of the visually impaired community.
 
The contribution, raised via PIDM’s employee-driven campaign, will reach more than 170 families in Peninsula Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, as well as provide packed meals for 2,000 vaccine recipients and 50 medical personnel and volunteers at Pusat Pemberian Vaksin Kompleks MAB in Brickfields, the vaccination centre for the blind, from 4 June to 14 July 2021.
 
"At PIDM, we continue our quest in paying it forward by supporting the MAB and the blind community. In these challenging times, we would like to give with a sense of purpose and to fulfil the needs of the underserved communities such as the blind community,” said Rafiz Azuan Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of PIDM.
 
According to George Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of MAB, more than 3,500 blind people had their income affected by the movement control order (MCO) as certain sectors were restricted from operating. There are currently over 50,000 blind people registered with the Social Welfare Department.

“Many of the blind survive on daily wages received from working at massage and reflexology centres, busking and selling their wares door-to-door or in public places. Whenever MCOs are announced, all these activities are paused. We are grateful that PIDM has come forth to assist in these trying times,” Thomas added.
 
“Going forward, we hope to do more for the blind community by empowering them with the n