The Star's volunteers spread out to help community and animals

July 6

Sprucing up Selayang Hot Springs/ Building planters boxes for Alzheimer’s Disease Centre Petaling Jaya

For its inaugural “Good Day Out”, volunteers under Star Publications (M) Bhd’s “Do Good. Volunteer” initiative teamed up with My Khatulistiwa to clean the Selayang Hot Springs.

A 30-minute bus ride from KL Sentral to the springs had volunteers cleaning up rubbish, even soiled nappies with rakes, shovels and lots of rubbish bags.

This was followed by a visit to the Alzheimer’s Disease Centre in Petaling Jaya, where the volunteers built planter boxes recycled from loading palettes and old banners, then planting flowers and herbs inside.

Volunteers also painted personal messages for the centre’s patients on the boxes’ surface.

July 27

Packing meals for the needy and serving at the soup kitchen

The second Good Day Out event saw volunteers assisting at Grace Community Services’ food bank and soup kitchen in Klang, where they helped prepare 409 meals for the needy and underprivileged.

This was the largest ever number of meals prepared and served by the charitable organisation’s kitchens.

The food bank run by Grace Community Services is a decade-old project which distributes supplies each month to some 400 families in the Klang Valley earning below RM1,000, while the kitchen feeds about 300 from Orang Asli families in Pulau Carey.

Aug 17

Even four-legged friends need love too

Furry Friends Farm, an animal sanctuary in Kundang, was visited by volunteers on Aug 17, where the group was given a tour of the set-up.

They were then divided into groups to work on tasks such as reroofing and rewiring the premises, as well as clean the area and fee and bathe the animals.

Coincidentally, it was also International Homeless Animals Day.

Sept 14

Orang asli families get help with refurbishing their homes

Two orang asli families in Hulu Langat had their homes refurbished for the fourth “Good Day Out” under Star Publications’ Do Good. Volunteer programme.

The effort was a collaborative one with Habitat for Humanity Malaysia.

One home finally had the walls for the structure built up after standing bare for a long time, and required bricks and cement for construction.

Meanwhile, volunteers also worked on helping to build an extension to accommodate a kitchen and bathroom for the other.

Oct 19

Organic farming with underprivileged children

The fifth “Good Day Out” had volunteers trying out their green fingers at organic farming at the Sum Sum farm in Janda Baik, Pahang.

Sum Sum farm belongs to Badan Amal Nur Zaharah (BANZ), a welfare home for underprivileged children, where its residents help out to generate income and also to learn about farming.

Aside from weeding and cleaning up the vegetable rows, volunteers also learnt about soil preparation and clearing the waterways for irrigation.

During the cleaning process, the volunteers were also exposed to Bokashi — a Japanese method of farming that uses a mix of micro-organisms to cover food waste to reduce smell.

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