KUALA LUMPUR: The 90 vendors at the popular and colourful Sunrise Arts, Bric-a-brac and Crafts (ABC) Market in Mont'Kiara are participating in a donation drive in support of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar).
Under the ABC Market Dollar Drive, the vendors have placed donation boxes at their stalls and to encourage more to chip in for the fund, some are also donating a percentage of their sales collection in front of their customers.
The drive is one of the activities of Sunrise Berhad's fund-raising campaign to raise RM1mil for Utar.
“Every amount customers at the stalls put in, no matter how small, is valuable and will go towards the Utar building fund,” said Sunrise head of corporate communications Joachim Ng.
Ng said he was pleasantly surprised when 12 vendors went one step further by donating items from their stalls.
The items, worth over RM1,000, have been placed at a corner set up at the ABC Market with proceeds going towards the campaign.
Vendor H.S. Lim donated a semi-precious stone necklace worth RM120 while Marziani Mohd Zain's contribution was an attractive RM89 kurta.
Jamie Pha, who operates a stall selling children's toys, contributed a racing car worth RM85 while Wong Voon Wah donated a rosewood jewellery box from China priced at RM120 and Cheong Yen Peng, a stone necklace worth RM80.
Fortune-teller Master Chin, whose stall always attracts customers wanting their fortune told, donated a RM60 fortune-reading session and Julie Ng, a fengshui plant priced at RM128.
Other items included two wallets from Penny Teh, a box of floating candles from Hazmi Hamizan, and crystal earrings from Jennifer Gomez.
The Dollar Drive is running over the four Sundays this month.
Spread over a fountain courtyard in Plaza Mont'Kiara, the ABC Market is held every Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Operated by Sunrise, it serves to mainly promote Malaysian arts and crafts to the public and also provides an avenue for entrepreneurs to sell popular items .
Items on sale include handicrafts, paintings, antiques, vintage apparel, books and magazines, potted plants, art frames, pets and household goods.
Tomorrow, the ABC Market Charity Recycling Day will also be held as part of the campaign and the public can bring recyclable items and donate cash to the fund.
Various activities planned for the day include a recycling quiz, Alam Flora Mini-Exhibition, a Be Creative & Innovative recycling contest and a charity auction.
As part of the Sunrise-Utar fund-raising campaign, a series of articles sponsored by Sunrise is being published in The Star every Saturday and Sunday until July 27 to raise awareness on the importance of education.
Together with the articles are forms for the public to donate to the fund.
Cheques should be made payable to Huaren Education Foundation (Utar) and sent to Sunrise-Utar Fund Raising Campaign, c/o Sunrise Berhad, Penthouse, Wisma Sunrise, Plaza Mont' Kiara, No 2, Jalan Kiara, Mont' Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
An information hotline set up by Sunrise - 03-62003633 - operates on Mondays to Fridays from 2pm to 6pm.
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