Damansara Jaya folk show they care

(Below)Dr Ong (sixth from left) and DJROA members with the dry foodstuff, stationery, household and personal care items that were donated by residents for the DaretoCare campaign.

AT NINE years old, Adeana Ho stood out as the youngest in a group of residents who had gathered at the Damansara Jaya community centre to pack groceries and stationery for the #DaretoCare campaign.

The centre was filled with warm chatter as Damansara Jaya Residents and Association (DJROA) members quickly and efficiently packed items donated by fellow residents into paper bags and boxes.

“I want to encourage my granddaughter to be active in local neighbourhood activities, so I bring her along whenever DJROA organises something,” said Adeana’s grandmother Tan Kim Kee.

“My husband and I are quite active in DJROA’s various programmes, including the community gardening, recycling and social activity groups,” the 73-year-old added.

DJROA president Dr Ong See Lian said charity had been part of the organisation’s mission since it was registered in 1993.

“We are mindful that there are people and groups who are less fortunate out there, so charity work has always been part and parcel of our annual social activities.

“We try to help underprivileged communities by visiting orphanages and old folk’s homes, presenting donations or inviting them to join DJROA’s activities,” he said.

Dr Ong said it took a little over two weeks for DJROA to mobilise its 1,200 members for the #DaretoCare campaign.

“Donations started coming in a week into the campaign, with DJROA’s centre serving as the drop-off and collection venue.

(Left)Residents loading donated items collected from their neighbourhood for the DaretoCare campaign into a Star Media Group van.
Residents loading donated items collected from their neighbourhood for the DaretoCare campaign into a Star Media Group van.

“The residents’ donations exceeded our expectations, as some contributed items in cartons and boxes,” he said, adding that donated items included dry foodstuff, stationery, household and personal care items and even a new vacuum cleaner.

Dr Ong estimated that about 20 households contributed and the total was valued between RM2,000 and RM3,000.

“I am extremely proud of DJROA’s cohesive committee and close-knit community.

“This campaign is just one example of the residents’ readiness and willingness to help whenever there is a call for it,” he said of the neighbourhood located in SS22, Petaling Jaya.

#DaretoCare is a joint charity initiative championed by Star Media Group and SkyWorld Development Group to address the needs of welfare homes in Malaysia.

The campaign encourages the public to give and help the less fortunate by filling in gifts or donations of essential items in the given brown paper bags.

The filled bags can be dropped off at SkyWorld’s property galleries in Kuala Lumpur (Sentul, Setiawangsa, Bukit Jalil and Setapak) or at Menara Star until Feb 15.

The developer will collect and distribute the items to selected welfare homes.

Alternatively, donors can get the paper bags at any of the property galleries, or drop off the donations directly.

For details, visit www.skyworld.my/#daretocare or e-mail daretocare@thestar.com.my

As a token of appreciation to donors, SkyWorld will give away GSC movie tickets when they make their donations (terms and conditions apply) at their property galleries.

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