PENAMPANG: About thirty families from three remote villages were accorded food assistance by WRS Four Wheel Drive Club.
The villagers in Kampung Buayan, Kampung Tiku and Kampung Pongobonon in the Penampang district were stranded during the raging flood recently.
Initiatives from club members enabled the families to acquire foodstuff after being cut-off from any form of communications for three days.
Ten upgraded four wheel drives, filled with milk, rice, cooking oil and other essentials traveled into Kampung Sugud. It took the team almost 10 hours to reach the villagers comprising of children and elderly folks who took shelter in one of the schools nearby.
“The road was in a bad condition as we had to drive-through deep rivers to reach the place. We have to be extra cautious when driving as it was quite slippery,” said the Club president Thompson Teo.
He said the foodstuff and other donations were collected from club members as well as generous sponsors. He also thanked Dr. Amarjeet Singh from Nosoob Clinic who sponsored a walker to a 70-year-old woman, Tongilie Supili Modilung from Kampung Buayan.
“Tongilie has been using a home-made walking stick for the past five years. The walking stick is not safe enough for her to use; the walking aid will help her to walk steadily,” he said.
The club members also assisted some sickly people and the elderly to Donggongon township the following day to acquire treatment.
The WRS 4 x 4 Club had carried out volunteer missions for many years as part of the club motto that believed in its obligations to accord charity while carrying out community projects for villagers in remote areas especially during natural disasters. – SayangSabah