A TOTAL of RM67,223 was raised during the fourth Latin American Festival recently and the proceeds was donated to the Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (SID).
SID is a community service centre dedicated to providing education for deaf children.
The funds will be invested in the organisation’s “The Silent Teddies Cafe” programme, an initiative set to provide an extension to the skills that could be transferred to the deaf.
The programme’s aim is to train the deaf to become bakers, so they could be self-sufficient and perhaps be their own boss one day.
SID president Alvin Wong said that they were very grateful for the donations.
“The Latin Ladies’ Association of Malaysia has been one of the strongest and most passionate supporters of our foundation. Last year, they organised a dinner to raise funds for our foundation as well,” said Wong.
The annual Latin American Festival is jointly organised by the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Embassies in Malaysia (Grulac) which is made up of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, together with the Latin Ladies’ Association of Malaysia.
Through the festival, the Latin American community gets the chance to introduce their culture to the people of Malaysia, as well as give back to the community.
Latin Ladies’ Association of Malaysia social service committee coordinator Natahalie Nunez de Guzman said it was a joy to lend a helping hand to the people in Malaysia.
“By doing this, we can help out local institutions. It is also a way for us to show our thanks to Malaysians who have always been kind and nice to us,” added de Guzman.
Grulac dean and Venezuelan ambassador to Malaysia Manuel Antonio Guzman Hernandez said it was good to see that all the effort put into the festival had produced something tangible.
Argentinian ambassador to Malaysia Maria Isabel Rendon said there has to be a continuity in supporting SID.
“Firstly, the list of non-govermental organisations (NGOs) is given to us by the Latin Ladies’ Association of Malaysia.
“Then we have to choose the best one and vote for it. It is a very difficult process because Malaysia has many good NGOs,” she added.