EMBASSIES from 47 countries participated in a bazaar to raise funds for charitable bodies in Malaysia.
A total RM165,000 was raised at the International Charity Bazaar 2019, which surpassed the RM100,000 received when the event was first held in 2016.
It was organised by the Association of Spouses of Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Malaysia (Sohom) for the second time.
Participating embassies this year are from Asia, Middle East and European countries.
Sohom president Triana Nechytaylo, who is wife of the Ukraine Ambassador to Malaysia, said the charity bazaar was a way for them to give back to the Malaysian community in need.
“This is a way for us to give thanks for the diplomacy we have here with Malaysia.
“We are also giving the chance for the embassies to donate and to simultaneously promote their respective countries, ” said Nechytaylo, who sees the programme as a way to introduce various cultures from different countries to Malaysian visitors.
Many of the items sold during the bazaar were reflective of the nation’s identity including their staple meals, homemade pastries, sweets, traditional clothes, jewellery, herbs, perfume, home decoration, fine arts, and handicraft.
“This year we targeted 4,000 visitors to shop and donate in the charity bazaar, ” added Nechytaylo.
Proceeds from the bazaar will be channelled to Sohom Charity Fund to benefit about 10 organisations.
Among them are Happiness Centre For The Mentally Disabled Children in Melaka, Global Street Mission Malaysia, Make-A-Wish Malaysia and Asrama Cahaya Rumah Wanita Cacat Convent of the Infant Jesus, Jalan Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur.
“We also encourage the embassy and vendors to donate at least 30% of their profits from the bazaar, ” said Nechytaylo.
The event also saw a presentation of cultural dances of Russia, China, Turkey, India and Japan.
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