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Published: Saturday January 18, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday January 18, 2014 MYT 8:30:48 AM

65 children from welfare homes help raise funds for Philippines' typhoon victims

Rhythmic showcase:Children from the homes being taught to play Chinese drums by members of Hands Percussion.

Rhythmic showcase:Children from the homes being taught to play Chinese drums by members of Hands Percussion.

A TOTAL of 65 children from four foster homes came together to produce artwork to raise funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Amway Malaysia recently hosted the children during the full-day event, which was part of Universal Children’s Day, celebrated on the same day in all Amway locations around the world.

Together with contributions from Amway distributors, employees and affiliates, a total of US$11,000 (RM35,530) was raised for the Philippines Red Cross.

Besides decorating pots of potted plants with paint, the children also painted on tiles to be made into a mural, and were later taught how to play the drums by the Hands Percussion group.

A total of 94 distributor and employee volunteers helped out at the event.

Amway Malaysia general manager Paul Yee said: “These children have been through a lot in life, so it is all the more admirable that they readily helped to raise funds for others in need.”

Nisya Abdullah, 11, and Nur Zakiah Hanum, 10, both from Rumah Tunas Harapan Kompleks Penyayang Bakti in Sungai Buloh, said they felt good about helping the typhoon victims. “We had a fun day doing good,” they said.

Rumah Tunas Harapan Kuala Selangor’s foster mother Salbiah Kasan has been managing the home for eight years with her husband.

“Amway volunteers visit the homes regularly and take the kids out on small outings, but this is the first time it’s been on such a large scale,’’ she said.

Selangor Welfare Department senior assistant director of the Children’s Division Siti Adibah Abdul Rahman said: “It is good that these children were given an opportunity to give back.”

The four Rumah Tunas Harapan homes also received RM5,000 each from Amway.

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