IN THE spirit of Deepavali, Malaysian youth volunteer community iM4U organised DeepaM4U, an initiative to “Bring The Light” to the children of four orphanages — Rumah Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Selangor, Shelter Homes Petaling Jaya, Rumah Jagaan Shan Annai Ilham and Anbe Sivam Charity Homes.
About 145 children aged five to 14 years participated in the one-day programme held at the MPK multi-purpose hall in Port Klang.
The initiative saw urban and rural youth coming together to spread the spirit of Deepavali.
Volunteering on the day were about 130 MySkills Foundation students along with iM4U ambassador Anand Rajaram.
“Community service falls under the five pillars of our organisation. DeepaM4U, which aptly shares the meaning of ‘Bringing the Light to You’, centres on the theme of spreading the joy of Deepavali among the less fortunate,” explained iM4U chief operating officer Azlan Rudy Malik.
DeepaM4U kicked off with a special shawl distribution in keeping with the tradition of sharing gifts of brand new clothes. This was followed by the iM4U COOK4U programme, during which dinner was prepared. A muruku cooking class was also held for the children.
It is not a Deepavali celebration without a kolam decorating and lamp-lighting session, and iM4U provided the necessary ingredients for the children to set up their own row of lights.
“It is said that the Festival of Lights is a celebration of light and love over darkness in anticipation of a brand new year.
“What better way to spread cheer to the less fortunate than to do it during Deepavali? Along with iM4U, we hope that we are able to spread the Deepavali spirit to the children,” said MySkills Foundation director Pasupathi Sithamparam.
The day ended with a meal and special performances by iM4U supporters and friends.
Also supporting the initiative was PLUS Malaysia Berhad who sponsored the refreshments.