THE concourse of Atria Shopping Gallery in Petaling Jaya was filled with enthusiastic participants as both the young and old gathered for a good cause.
Some 100 visitors comprising parents and their children, as well as 28 children from The National Autism Society of Malaysia (Nasom), spent an eventful day at the Global Peace Awareness fundraising event.
Held in conjunction with Parents’ Day, the event aimed to promote peace while raising funds for Nasom and Colors of Cambodia.
Through the initiative, a total of RM10,000 was generated from participation fees and sale of items, which was presented to Colors of Cambodia and Nasom at the event.
Organiser Ever Day Art Studio founder Honey Khor believes that peace should start from home.
“It starts with a loving and caring family. A peaceful family produces peace-loving family members and will bring about a peaceful society, and eventually, world peace,” she said.
Khor has been a volunteer teacher at Nasom Taman Supreme and Colors of Cambodia in Siem Reap for 10 years, as well as a peace advocate who promotes peace through art.
“When in Siem Reap, seeing the children living in poverty is frustrating.
“By providing them with the ability to learn and develop their painting skills to help them in their future, I bring hope to them.
“Volunteering at Nasom allows me to understand more about families with autistic children and the challenges that they face, and with love and acceptance from the society, it makes a difference for them,” explained Khor.
She hoped that through this initiative, participants and the public will learn to appreciate what they have, and will give and support those in need.
During the event, children were given the opportunity to express themselves through art by joining the Global Art Project activity using FischerTip, a creative multicolour-material made from potato starch dyed with food colours that is safe for children.
The Global Art Project, nominated for a Unesco Prize, is an international art exchange for peace which involved 145,000 participants in 93 countries.
“The artwork will be exhibited at Jungle Gym for a week before they are sent to another country for sharing,” said Khor, adding that arts allow children to express themselves as it was important for their development.
Also present at the event were Martin Bradley, author of A Story of Colors of Cambodia, who shared his views on peace and Nasom chairman Feilina Feisol, who shared her personal experience on her autistic son.
“The Global Peace Awareness fundraising event is in line with Atria Shopping Gallery’s efforts in giving back to the society.
“We want to contribute to the community and maintain a peaceful society. By having the event in the mall, we are also creating awareness and helping to promote peace,” said Atria Shopping Gallery senior marketing manager Koay Poay Shin.
This initiative supported by Atria and Jungle Gym, was sponsored by Brain Byte and Sunmaid.