Raising funds to help the poor

The children posing for a group photo with the residents. They also bought basic foodstuffs with the money they raised.

SWARNIMA Poddar, eight, might not have raised a lot of money in the Snowman Project, but the endeavour has certainly kindled in her a desire to help those in need.

The snowman workshop, organised by Isabelle Chan, 11, on Dec 24, was a charitable event to raise funds for the women of Grace Home in Pandamaran, Klang, and to expose children to a noble cause.

The children who attended the workshop were taught how to create six snowmen using white socks, which they then sold. The proceeds from their project went to the home.

All in all, the pupils, who later visited Grace Home, managed to pool together nearly RM3,000 with the help of their parents.

“I’m glad I was able to help one of the aunties (Rumah Grace residents) to make the snowmen,” said Swarnima, who is a Primary Two pupil from Beaconhouse Sri Inai International School.

“Sharing is all about caring. My resolution for 2017 is to share what I learnt at the workshop with my friends in school and everyone I know,” she promised.

Chong Ray Shuen from SJK(C) Puay Chai 2 in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, felt it was a great achievement to get her family and friends to buy the snowmen for charity.

“I have learnt to overcome my fears after this charity fundraising,” said the seven-year-old.

The project’s highest fundraiser, eight-year-old Shaun Ng, managed to raise about RM1,500 from the sale of his snowmen.

“I want to thank those who bought the snowmen from me. I am happy that all the money can go towards a good cause,” said the SJK(C) Puay Chai 2 pupil.

The Snowman Project by Chan can be emulated and used for other fundraising projects involving young children to provide them early exposure to social entrepreneurship.

Rumah Grace in Pandamaran, Klang, is a home for destitute women. It presently houses 28 residents.

Its secretary Desmond Teo Kah Chuan said the efforts by Swarnima and her friends were very encouraging.

“Our income has been on a downtrend for the past three years. In 2016, it was down by 47% from the previous year, and we also saw a decline by 41% in 2015 compared to the year before,” he said.

Despite cost-cutting measures, Teo said the home only managed to reduce its annual expenditure by about 7%.

“This is because maintenance costs for the building, which is already 20 years old, has increased dramatically,” he said.

“The cost of food items has also escalated. This is why we hope more donors will contribute to help us sustain the home.”

For details on how to assist, call Grace Home at 03-3166 3500 or email gracehomeklang@gmail.com

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