Give what you can, take what you need

Lee during the simple contribution ceremony by OCBC Bank.

IT ONLY takes a spark to get the fire going. What started as a simple food aid shelf idea a few months ago has now spread to more than 15 communities across the Klang Valley.

The Blessing Shelf or “Rak Berkat Komuniti” project, organised by Petaling Jaya Rotary Club, has so far impacted more than 10,000 families since its launch early this year.

The basic idea behind the initiative is for members of the community to “bless” others who have been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, by leaving essential goods at designated shelves to be picked up by the needy at no cost.

They can do so at 15 different locations.

The effort has quickly gained the trust and support of numerous communities, non-governmental organisations and corporate bodies, including OCBC Bank Malaysia.

The bank said it would donate RM20,000 to the club in its effort to provide support to the families affected by the pandemic.

Petaling Jaya Rotary Club president Victor Lee said the bank’s donation would go towards purchasing daily supplies such as rice, flour, cooking oil, eggs, detergent as well as diapers and milk powder.

“The support from OCBC Bank is expected to help ease the burden of 1,500 families over the next three months.

“We are extremely grateful to our corporate partners for coming on board to help replenish the shelves, ” he added.

Meanwhile, Shereen Hah, the bank’s Petaling Jaya branch senior manager said: “The idea of the Blessing Shelf is so simple, yet the impact it brings to the communities is tremendous.

“The spirit of the project is aligned with the bank’s vision of supporting the community, and we are happy to do our part in helping families during these challenging times.”

As part of its ongoing efforts in reaching out to the community, the club is seeking help from corporate partners.

Those interested can visit the club’s website at while donations can be channelled to Petaling Jaya Rotary Foundation via

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