News Release

Raja Renno, 2017 Malaysian Community Service Award Recipient 

Since 2013, LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has donated hundreds of wheelchairs to needy recipients in Malaysia.  Raja Renno was named the Chairman of the Wheelchair District Service Project for Rotary District 3300.  For his ongoing and significant devotion of time, talents and energy, he was the recipient of a Community Service Award on April 26th in Kuala Lumpur.


Driving to Penang, Ipoh, Malacca and around Kuala Lumpur, Raja has assessed, fitted and instructed hundreds of new wheelchair recipients.  Not only is he a trained assessor, but he is a compassionate, thoughtful person.  He treats recipients with loving concern, and helps them understand their new chair and the advantages and limitations involved. 

When Raja arrived to fit a handicapped young woman for a chair in Malacca, she was sitting on the floor of her family home.  Her father was also on the floor, with a broken leg. When this young woman saw Raja arrive with her new wheelchair, she exclaimed with joy, "My new wheelchair!  I have a wheelchair!"  Her smile and many expressions of gratitude followed.  Raja made certain that her father's leg would mend, and that he was not in need of a walker, or Raja would have given him one. That was just one of three wheelchair placements Raja made that day.

Raja carefully follows the strict guidelines for the donations of wheelchairs.  He must keep meticulous records of the receipt, storage, distribution and supply of wheelchairs for LDS Charities.  He must also determine the financial capability of the impaired person, as only the needy qualify to receive a free wheelchair.  

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may honor exemplary citizens for their exceptional service with a "Community Service Award."  At a program and dinner in his honor, attended by family, friends, Public Affairs committee members, and fellow Rotarians, Raja humbly accepted his on April 26th.

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