Cash and goods for children’s home

MRCA representatives presenting the mock cheque to Morais (centre) in support of A Good Deed A Week campaign.

A CHILDREN’S home in Kuala Lumpur received a much needed boost, thanks to a RM12,700 contribution in cash and kind following a charity campaign run by Malaysia Retail Chain Association (MRCA’s Women Division).

MRCA’s “A Good Deed A Week” campaign, which runs from Feb 8 until March 7, was initiated by its president Shirley Tay and the MRCA charity committee.

Tay, who witnessed the mock cheque presentation to Home of Peace, said the campaign was to spread love and good cheer.

“The campaign concept is very simple; we believe that we can build a virtuous cycle by encouraging good deeds.

“While doing a good deed a day may be a burden to some, doing a good deed a week is much more manageable. And it can be simple gestures.

“We hope this simple initiative can inspire more people to contribute in their own way, even beyond the campaign period.”

Led by MRCA treasurer general and women division chief Datuk Winnie Lim, her committee members brought hand sanitisers, masks and vitamins suitable for children on their visit to the welfare home.

Besides providing a simple lunch of sandwiches, the children were given ang pow and soft toys.

Home of Peace in Taman Bukit Indah, Jalan Kelang Lama, is currently home to 17 children aged four to 19 years old.

The home’s caretaker, Justine Morais, homeschools the children.

Part of the funds collected has been earmarked for classroom furniture and educational toys.

The balance of the funds will be used for groceries and daily needs.

“Ever since the start of the MCO last year, we have been trying to raise funds to ensure we have enough to sustain the home. This contribution is really a great help to us.

“Since the children’s needs are provided for, we will keep their ang pow in their education fund for them to use after they turn 18, ” said Morais.

Lim said, “MRCA’s women’s division has shown great support for the campaign; one of our committee members cut her waist-length hair for Locks of Hope, an NGO which collects human hair to make wigs for cancer patients, especially children.”

Since the inception of “A Good Deed A Week” campaign, MRCA members have been distributing food and drinks to frontliners.

Individuals also chipped in by contributing rice and fresh vegetables to orphanages and old folks homes.

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