Spoonful of Hope delivers Deepavali cheer to the needy

Malaysians are indeed a caring lot as Koppalai Kirnan @ Gopal has found out.

The 62-year-old founder of charity group Spoonful of Hope started a donation drive to buy hampers to give to poor families, orphanages and old folk homes for Deepavali and the response has been overwhelming.

“We collected more than enough to buy 200 hampers, some of which we have already delivered,” said Koppalai from Shah Alam.

“As such, we will use the excess funds to buy fresh chicken, mutton and fruits for all of them.”

He added there was also a request to buy groceries for 20 families staying in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong.

“Although Spoonful of Hope was only registered a few months ago, I have been doing this for a long time.

“Many have reached out to me for help before, and this request just came in. We have kind sponsors and donors who are willing to help,” said Koppalai who set up the group to ensure transparency when handling donations.

“Although I have been doing charity work for many years, having the group will help me reach out to more people.

“I used to collect funds to buy breakfast for Tamil school children in Pulau Carey,” said Koppalai who does charity work on a full-time basis.

“I also spent RM70,000 buying lunch for 200 students who had to stay back to attend tuition in schools before their UPSR examinations. That was for six months a year.”

Due to Covid-19 and the cancellation of the UPSR examination, the group stopped the breakfast and lunch project.

He said the group now helps 10 families buy groceries each month. This is excluding the new request for Bandar Kinrara.

“I’m grateful to those who have helped. To those who still want to contribute, we are ever-willing to accept any form of donation.”

Those interested in helping Spoonful of Hope can donate to their Maybank account – 562085628547.

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