A group of toddlers had fun while helping their parents donate to the National Autism Society of Malaysia during a special Bear Hunt event organised by Babytots@play.
Prior to the event, held at the KSL Sales Gallery in Klang, 150 tickets worth RM40 each were sold to help raise funds for a Nasom centre in Teluk Pulai Klang.
Babytots@play founder Erin Goh said their target was to donate RM6,000 to the centre while providing children with a great educational and fun outing with their families.
“We wanted to raise awareness about children with autism. Some of these special children attend classes at my centres so we want the community to better understand them.
“It is important for people to know how beautiful autistic children are and understand their behavioural traits,” said Goh, adding that it was the first time they were collaborating with Khoon Soon Lee Realty Sdn Bhd (KSL) to organise the event.
She said it was a good way to come together to help an organisation in Klang.
Meanwhile, KSL sales and administration manager Cindy Ng said the event was part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts.
“We want people to be conscious and aware of autistic children who are also part of our community. We believe in organising events for families as we are developing homes for the community,” she added.
Twenty autistic children from Nasom joined other guests in the event that took place from 11am to 5pm.
Each ticket entitled a child to play six games, including sensory play, face painting, buggle play and even cupcake decorating.
Teluk Pulai Klang Nasom coordinator Rajeswari Karuppiah said she was happy her pupils were able to join in the fun.
The funds, she said, meant a lot to them, especially since the centre runs on public funds.
“We need a lot of funds to continue helping the children in our care. We currently have weekday classes for pupils aged between four and 14 years, and intensive classes on weekends are for pupils between four and six years old,” Rajeswari said.
Their classes focus on each child and their individual needs.
Parents were equally happy to be able to spend time with their children while donating to a good cause.
Jill Chen, 36, spent her day at the Bear Hunt event with her son Lam Jhin Teng, four, and her husband Lam Tze Seong, 34.
She said she was happy to be a part of a fundraising event that helped children with special needs.
“Most of the time, people want to help but we do not know how to. So attending events like this is a great way to lend a helping hand through organisations we know,” she said.