11-year-old raises RM713 with hand-drawn CNY cards

Emma Rose designing Chinese New Year greeting cards for generous donors.

EMMA Rose Kok has been designing and drawing Chinese New Year greeting cards for her family members and friends during the festive season for the past few years.

This year, the 11-year-old carried on with this tradition and also managed to raise funds for the Subang Jaya Community Ambulance (SJ Beacon) with her efforts.

The SJK(C) Tun Tan Cheng Lock Year Five pupil said she came up with the idea of drawing greeting cards to raise funds for charity after receiving her first order for her personalised greeting cards from a home-based business.

“I was excited when the aunty wanted me to draw Chinese New Year greeting cards for her customers, ” she said.

Emma Rose said she received an order for 30 cards from the woman, who had earlier received a thank you card she drew in a charity bake sale organised by her brother Ryan Kok last year.

“After I received my first order, I thought there may be others who would like to buy my Chinese New Year cards to post to their loved ones while donating money to charity, ” Emma Rose said, adding that she previously sold her postcards during a secondary school’s Canteen Day.

After discussing her idea with her parents, her family posted notices about the charity card initiative on social media and the response was encouraging.

Each card was priced at RM5, including postage within Malaysia, of which RM2.50 was channelled to SJ Beacon.

Ryan too helped his sister fold and address the envelopes before posting the cards.

Emma Rose managed to raise RM713 and has passed the money to SJ Beacon.

“I am happy that I can use my artistic skills to help others.

“I hope I have more opportunities to do charity work in future, ” she said, thanking everyone who supported the charity drive.

SJ Beacon acting chairman Teoh Teik Hoong said they were humbled by the effort put in by the pupil to raise funds for the community ambulance.

“She has not only shown her talent but also her enthusiasm in playing her part to save lives, ” Teoh added.

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