PETALING JAYA: Properly-wishers have donated greater than RM68,000 inside 24 hours to assist former nationwide squash star Kenneth Low, who has fallen on onerous occasions.
Donations ranged from RM10 to RM1,000, exhibiting the ever virtuous care displayed by the general public in direction of the well being and wellbeing of fallen sportspeople.
“I’m eternally grateful to everybody who has given me a brand new lease on life, and particular due to FMT for highlighting my plight,” stated Low, who has been battling poor well being over the previous two years.
He’s suspected to be affected by stroke-induced impairment, lowered coordination and motor abilities, cognitive incapacity and short-term reminiscence dysfunction.
Low, 47, wanted cash for assessments to find out the severity of the injury to his mind.
The Nationwide Athletes Welfare Basis (Yakeb) has organized for an appointment for Low with a neuro specialist at Sungai Buloh Hospital on Friday.
Yakeb has begun offering a month-to-month allowance of RM300 to Low, who’s struggling financially and dealing as a cleaner on the Greatest Archery Centre in Glo Damansara.
Low is one in all many former athletes who had given up their research to pursue their sporting careers, and doesn’t have an schooling background to fall again on.
He stated he was extraordinarily emotional over the outpouring of care. “I don’t know learn how to repay them, I can’t thank them sufficient.
“I’m decided to battle my sickness, and identical to the athlete I used to be, I’ll resolutely face the challenges,” stated Low, who’s separated from his spouse and 11-year-old son.
The archery centre’s proprietor, Jeffrey Kok, stated: “The general public’s overwhelming response to Kenneth’s plight is typical of what the caring Malaysian spirit might accomplish.”
In thanking FMT for driving public assist, he hoped the authorities would have a extra significant mannequin to help needy nationwide athletes after their retirement.
Low was employed as a coach on the archery centre, however has been doing menial chores since final month to assist him get again his physique coordination. A easy chore like stringing a bow is difficult for him.
As soon as a six-time nationwide No. 1 squash participant, No. 4 in Asia and No. 38 on the earth, Low had labored as a cleaner at condominiums and later as a waiter in a restaurant over the previous two years.
His first job was with the Squash Racquets Affiliation of Malaysia (SRAM) as a nationwide coach after which he took cost of the Federal Territories staff.
He then went on to educate the Thailand, Pahang and Perak groups earlier than it was established teaching can be tough for him attributable to his poor psychological well being.
Those that want to assist Low could make their contributions to Public Checking account 4919 922 822, with “Kenneth Low Welfare” because the reference.
The checking account is within the identify of Jeffrey Kok as a result of Kenneth is unable to deal with such issues attributable to his poor psychological well being and lack of physique coordination.