Dana Low feels that the #DaretoCare campaign is especially important for the younger generation.
The Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 first runner-up recalled her first lesson on giving, at the tender age of three.
“My parents were trying to teach me about giving and sharing and as a three-year-old, I didn’t really understand.
“They started packing my toys and asked me, ‘which ones do you want to give away?’
“I sat there crying and telling them, ‘no, I don’t want to give away my toys!” said Low when met at Menara Star in Petaling Jaya.
Despite the then reluctance to share, she was glad that her parents taught her the lesson early in life as it showed her the joy and importance of giving.
This is one of the reasons she is fully supportive of #DaretoCare, organised by Star Media Group and SkyWorld Development Group, a joint charity initiative to address the needs of selected welfare homes.
She said another childhood event etched in her memory was when she gave her old clothes to an orphanage at the age of eight.
“Then came one weekend, at a school activity, I saw my classmate wearing what appeared to be an old T-shirt of mine.
“I asked her and she told me that she was from the orphanage I went to donate my old clothes to.
“It (the incident) made me realise that some of my classmates were not as lucky as me, I never knew she was living in an orphanage,” she added.
She said the #DaretoCare campaign could be a platform to show the younger generation that there were others who were less fortunate than them.
“I think it’s a great campaign, it gives people a chance to come together and help the less fortunate.
“And when we give as a group, the large number enables us to give to more people!” she said.
She added that parents should bring their children to the drop-off points to get them to engage in the act of giving.
“When you engage children in an activity such as #DaretoCare, it opens their eyes and helps them develop empathy,” she added.
The campaign encourages members of the public to give and help the less fortunate by filling in gifts or donations of essential items in the given brown paper bags.
A total of 100,000 copies of The Star in the brown paper bags have been distributed.
The filled bags can be dropped off at SkyWorld’s property galleries in Sentul, Setiawangsa, Bukit Jalil, and Setapak, from now until Feb 15, where the developer will collect and distribute the items to selected welfare homes.
Alternatively, donors can also get the paper bags at any of the property galleries, or drop off the donations directly.
For more details about the campaign, visit www.skyworld.my/#daretocare or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As a token of appreciation for donors, SkyWorld will give away GSC movie tickets when they make their donations; terms and conditions apply.