MALACCA-born Ivan Zuzartee gave up his musical career to help the underprivileged and disaster-stricken people in Malaysia.
He is the founder of We Love, We Care, We Share – a charity organisation that provides relief and fun to old folk, orphans, the homeless, and generally the needy.
He started the group on Facebook about five years ago with 15 to 20 friends to organise a Christmas party for non-profit organisation Rumah Hope.
Members of We Love, We Care, We Share has since grown to more than 400 members.
Zuzartee was a guitarist for 20 years and is now in the musical equipment rental business.
“As musicians, we get paid to do what we love. I feel we are meant to share that with the underprivileged,” he said.
The group organises and ties up with other groups to sponsor charity carnivals and festive-related parties for orphanages, old folks homes, and recently, the homeless.
“In Malaysia, we don’t have a central coordinating body to help distribute aid to those who need it. Most NGOs do charity work on their own, so a lot of the times we end up giving to the same people,” he said, adding that they do the best they can to ensure the aid goes through proper channels.
The group’s most recent work was to distribute Hari Raya hampers and duit raya to 141 families who were flood victims in Gua Musang.
Zuzartee said they also feed the homeless in Kuala Lumpur city. Later this year they plan to organise charity treasure hunts and golf tournaments.
“We have a diverse group of volunteers within the organisation including doctors and those in the construction and property industry. – By AIDA AHMAD