June 11, 2018
Nine-year-old sells stationery to fund Tabung Harapan

A nine-year-old pupil from Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Tamil, a school in Selangor, Malaysia  could be the youngest Tabung Harapan Malaysa (THM) donor. THM is a fund set up by the country to help repay its national debt.

R. Sasvitha has proven that age is not an obstacle to helping the country.

The year-three pupil collected a total of RM320 (about $78) by selling stationery to her schoolmates and relatives, before donating the money to THM, an effort that surprised her teachers and family members.

Her mother, A Vasanthi, 48, said she had donated to THM, when her daughter expressed an intention to do the same.

R Sasvitha, 9, with SJKT Port Dickson’s headmistress, K Mageswary (right) and mother, A Vasanthi, 48, (behind) after donating the proceeds to Tabung Harapan Malaysia. Photo by Mohd Khidir Zakaria

“My daughter wanted to collect her own money to donate to THM. I loaned her some money so that she could start her own project to collect funds for THM. She ended up by selling school stationery to her friends and relatives.

“I was impressed and shocked to learn that all items were sold out in less than a week. The collection was then donated to THM,” she said.

Her school’s headmistress, K Mageswary, 49, said the school was not aware of Sasvitha’s plan when she first started the project.

“When she finally managed to collect from the sales, she informed her teacher that she wanted to donate it to THM. We were surprised and had initially thought she was joking until we received the confirmation and approval on the matter from her mother. We then took her to a nearby bank to transfer the money to THM,” she said.

“We are very proud of what she has done. We hope this act of kindness will motivate more people from all walks of life to do the same,” she said.

Original article can be found here.

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