VOLUNTEERS gathered on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, around midnight to prepare food for 500 of the less fortunate people in the city in the last Jom Sahur! for Ramadan.
Jom Sahur! was a weekly event organised by non-governmental organisation, Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ) in collaboration with Yayasan Chow Kit’s KL Krash Pad to provide food for Kuala Lumpur’s homeless and underprivileged.
“We would like to thank more than 240 volunteers who helped out throughout the Jom Sahur! campaign as well as our sponsors who provided everything from food, drinks, fruit and snacks, to clothes and shoes,” said IOJ chief executive officer Charles Mohan.
Jom Sahur! was a Ramadan-friendly version of IOJ’s Jom Bekpes! breakfast soup-kitchen campaign which was the brainchild of IOJ patron Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who is also Defence Minister.
“Jom Sahur! was held from midnight to 1am every Wednesday morning for the duration of the fasting month.
“It was held in three locations simultaneously; outside KL Krash Pad, on Jalan Hang Lekiu, and at Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s half-way house Pusat Transit Gelandangan.”
A total of 350 packs were distributed at KL Krash Pad, 100 at Jalan Hang Lekiu and 50 to Pusat Transit Gelandangan.
Among the volunteers were Muhamad Aliff, 23, from Yayasan Ikhlas, who said he wanted to ease the suffering of the homeless.
RTM Ikon Siarawan celebrity Vanessa Mering, 27, said she took part as she wanted to help the underprivileged.
IOJ had prepared sandwiches and an assortment of food including fried rice and curry puffs throughout the month, while Cotra Enterprise Sdn Bhd donated 504 packets of its 250ml Marigold UHT 100% Juice every week to be distributed during the Jom Sahur! sessions.
Fruits such as apples, oranges and bananas were also provided by another NGO, The Lost Food Project, which collects surplus food from supermarkets in Malaysia while snacks were donated and handed out by Hishammuddin’s children and their friends, as well as by the volunteers themselves.
Donations of clothes, including Raya clothes, and shoes also came from volunteers and the public.
CIMB Malaysia had donated a van to IOJ which was used to bus volunteers and food to the other Jom Sahur! locations.
Volunteers for the final Jom Sahur! were from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Yayasan Dana Kebajikan Muslim Malaysia, Yayasan Ikhlas and Ikon Siarawan as well as walk-in volunteers.
Mohan said more volunteers would be needed in future and sponsors are welcome to contribute to the upcoming Jom Bekpes! sessions. For details, go to IOJ’s social media pages or institutonnjaafar.com