MORE than RM200,000 was donated to four organisations for their role in helping victims of abuse.
They are the All Women's Action Society (AWAM), Women's Aid Organisation (WAO), Lifeline Association Malaysia and PS The Children.
“Domestic violence comes in many forms - mental, physical, emotional and sexual - and no woman or child should ever be subjected to any of this,'' said Rosalind Lee, the organising chairman of the Abused Women & Children's Fund during a cheque- presentation ceremony at Menara Star recently.
The Kiwanis Club of Petaling Jaya, held the Kiwanis Red Cushion Programme, a charity dinner and show at Sheraton Subang Hotel and Towers.
“The colour red means stop, as in stop the violence against women and children, while the cushion represents security and comfort for victims of abuse,” said Lee.
The Kiwanis Club of Petaling Jaya and the Smile Team jointly organised the charity dinner and show on April 15.
Among the highlights of the evening was a fashion show featuring works by local designers like Belinda Looi, Carven Ong, Donna Chew, Jendela Batik, Jonathan Cheng, Key Ng, Khoon Hooi, Melinda Looi, Tom Abang Saufi and Villiam Ooi plus a showcase of Topshop's Spring/Summer 2005 collection.
The money raised through the Red Cushion programme would help to further enhance the existing infrastructure and facilities.
Meera Samanther, president of WAO, said the financial aid was timely as it would help them organise programmes for the women and children under their care.
Rabiah Omar, executive director of AWAM, said the funds would be used for empowerment of survivors’ programmes.
Also present at the cheque presentation were Danny Tan, president of Kiwanis Club of Petaling Jaya, Ralph Lim, co-organiser of The Smile Team and T. Masuri Jaafar, secretary of Red Cushion Committee.