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Donations needed to help kids with hearing loss

MIRI: Sarawak Cochlear Implant Society (SCIS) needs continuous generous financial support from the public to help cover the cost of cochlear implants for three toddlers here.

According to Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting, the cost of the operation is about RM252,400.

He said as at yesterday, the society had collected from public donations almost half of the total amount needed to cover the cost of the implants.

“The society actually started the public donation campaign for the three toddlers on Oct 4 and had successfully collected a total of RM110,172, from that day until today (yesterday),” the Piasau assemblyman told the media after receiving the latest public donation at SUPP Piasau branch office yesterday.

The three toddlers are from Miri and they are Natalie Wee, aged one year, 10 months, Sheldon Sng (two years, five months) and Alexander Ngaoh (two years, four months).

Sheldon and Alexander need cochlear implant for both their ears – each requiring RM85,800 for the operation.

For Natalie, her ears are not functioning; thus she needs cochlear implant to be inserted to the brainstem, which would cost her family around RM80,800.

Ting, who is also SCIS chairman, thanked those who had come forward with the donations.

He said those wishing to pledge donation for the three toddlers can come over to SUPP Piasau branch office at Pelita Commercial area here.

Earlier, a group from Miri Harmony Cultural Society led by its chairman Mathhew Goh handed over to Ting a donation meant for the toddlers’ cochlear implant operation.

Goh, on behalf of a group of volunteers, also handed over another donation of RM6,800 for the same purpose to Ting.


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