Donations from Sabah quake victim's wake to go to Malaysian mountain guides

SINGAPORE - The family of 12-year-old Rachel Ho, one of the faces of the Sabah quake tragedy, will be channelling all donations from her wake to Malaysian mountain guides who helped the staff and students after the disaster.

Her father Mr James Ho told The Straits Times that the family had received a "generous contribution" from friends and family who had attended the wake.

"Coming from a blessed background, we felt we could reach out to those who are more in need during these difficult times and it would have been Rachel's wishes as well," Mr Ho said.

"The money would go a long way for the Malaysian guides who now have no income and still have families to feed. It is our way of thanking them for risking their lives to help the students and teachers of Tanjong Katong Primary School after the disaster," he added.

Mr Ho declined to reveal the full amount to be donated.

He said the family has approached the principal of Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) to link them up with the mountain guides who had helped the school.

They are also working with TKPS to contact the families of mountain guide Muhammad Daanish Amran and TKPS teacher Mohammed Ghazi Mohamed

Said Mr Ho: "This is really just about humans helping humans in a time of need."

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