Caring David Jackson is set to travel thousands of miles from Hartlepool to Malaysia to help orphaned and disabled children – and he is asking for your help to give them a gift.
He is due to visit a home in Kuala Lumpur which provides shelter and education to underprivileged children who have been abused or abandoned soon.
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David, 52, from the Fens, Hartlepool, has visited the home called Kirtarsh twice before while working abroad and been deeply moved by the children’s plight and the work of the home.
He said: “The home strives to provide vocational training, special education, shelter, food, medication and most important of all, love to its dependents.
“It’s hard to imagine life as a child who has been abandoned by their parents because they cannot afford to feed and educate them.
“Abandoned, abused, underprivileged, disabled are just a few of the reasons children and indeed adults end up in homes like this in Malaysia.
“It is my intention to return to Kirtarsh a home for special children and give them a gift from the people who care about this needy cause.”
David, was first introduced to the work of the Kirtarsh home in 2012 while working in Kuala Lumpur and visiting another orphanage where he dressed as Father Christmas and gave out gifts on Christmas Day.
He got his first taste of life in an orphanage five years ago when he helped raise money to rebuild a gymnasium at a home in Romania with the Princes Trust.
The Kirtarsh home, which does not receive any Government funding, is run by a dedicated husband and wife team and is home to 65 underprivileged children with disabilities such as Down Syndrome, autism, and hearing problems as well as some old people and children who are either orphaned or have been left behind by their families.
David has set up a special bank account in Malaysia for any funds he raises which will go to pay for basic necessities such as food, clothing and medicines.
He added: “I will be posting all the details in regards to my visit which will include I am sure a massive thank you from the children.
“We do not have long to raise as much as we can within us all and give these children the help they so deserve.”
Individuals or any businesses wishing to make a donation can contact David by email at email@example.com or phone 07874 703967.