HUNDREDS turned up to support Selangor and Federal Territory Association for The Mentally Handicapped (SAMH) at its fundraising fair.The one-day SAMH Food and Funfair 2023 featured 30 stalls selling satay, paani puri, burgers, laksam and many other delicacies.
The food stalls were operated by SAMH teachers and students, along with volunteers from the Girls Guides Kuala Lumpur, Tan Chong Motor Group, Allianz (M) Sdn Bhd and 360 Production as well as Universiti Malaya students.
Also present were SAMH president Datin Som Roslan and deputy president Tan Sri Hasmah Abdullah.
Hasmah, in her speech, said SAMH needed funds to cover its monthly operational costs of approximately RM200,000.
This figure covers utility bills, salaries for trainers and staff members as well as outdoor expenses.
She also mentioned the urgent need to meet its annual budget of RM2.5mil for the running of its two centres in Klang, Selangor, and Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.
“We rely entirely on public donations to sustain our centres, and it has been very challenging for us to manage operations.”
Hasmah said the fundraising fair was not only advantageous for the centres but also for the SAMH students taking part who have learning and mental disabilities.
“I believe this fair provides them with excellent opportunities to work and challenge themselves.
“Beyond the scope of this event, it may assist them in finding employment later on.
“I hope that eventually, our students may even be inspired to initiate their own businesses,” she added.
The fair also featured pop-up booths selling handmade craft items, vegetables and eggs.
More fun was available at jumble sales and game booths such as a mini golf range.
Guests were also entertained by a clown showing off his magic tricks and balloon sculptures.
Cartoon character mascots including Mickey Mouse and a giant green frog were also on hand to entertain and delight attendees of all ages.