Donations for Darfur Children's Fund cross RM1mil mark

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  • Friday, 29 Oct 2004

PETALING JAYA: The amount collected for the Darfur Children's Fund at Menara Star has breached the RM1mil mark. 

As at 5pm yesterday, RM18,388.50 was collected at Menara Star, bringing the total collection since the fund was launched on Sept 22 to RM1,015,577.58. 

Over the past five weeks, there have been many heart-warming stories reported in The Star of Malaysians from all walks of life going out of their way to help the children of Darfur. 

There is, however, still the need for more support as the Malaysia Medical Relief Society (Mercy Malaysia) requires at least RM1.5mil for its humanitarian work in Sudan. 

Mercy Malaysia's chief operating officer, Shareen Shariza, was grateful when informed of the present status of the fund. 

“The RM1mil collected will allow us to start implementing the more long-term plans we have for Darfur,” she said. 

In Kuala Lumpur, a month-long charity drive in aid of the Darfur Children’s Fund is on at SMK Bukit Bandaraya, thanks to the school’s enterprising Celcom Youth Ambassadors. 

Activities under the drive include a basketball competition last week, a food fair on Wednesday and the screening of several films. 

Club vice-treasurer B. Nishanti said all the proceeds from the drive would go towards helping the children in Darfur. 

DOING THEIR PART: SMK Bukit Bandaraya senior assistant (co-curriculum) Khairi Razali and Form Two Celcom Youth Ambassador Steffi Izyan Zayn selling movie tickets to students.

“In one week, we have collected over RM1,700. We hope to raise RM5,000 by Nov 20,” said the Form Four student yesterday. 

The drive is being organised by the 20 Form Two and Four Youth Ambassadors in conjunction with the Celcom-in-Community and Celcom-in-Show Biz school project. 

The highlight of the drive will be a mini-carnival on Monday, which will coincide with the school’s open day. 

The mini-carnival will feature face painting, a jumble sale, a restaurant, a recycling programme, among other things. Families of the students and the public are welcome to the event from 8.30am to 2pm. 

The students have also been running a handicraft sale, which ends on Nov 10. 

“We are selling handmade bookmarks, name strips, friendship bands and boxes,” Nishanti said, adding that she hoped the items would be snapped up on Monday at the mini-carnival.  

Club treasurer Nik Mohd Yusof said the students’ initial plan was to raise funds for Iraq.  

“But after reading newspaper articles highlighting the children suffering in Darfur, Sudan, we felt moved to help them,” he said. 

The charity drive, he added, was in line with the theme of the project – “Making a difference”.  

The Star has joined hands with Mercy Malaysia to raise funds for a humanitarian aid programme in West Darfur. 

Cheques should be made out to Mercy Humanitarian Fund (write “Maybank account no. 5621-7950-4126” on the reverse side of the cheque) and sent to: Darfur Children’s Fund, Star Publications (M) Bhd, Menara Star, 15 Jalan 16/11, Section 16, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 

All donations are tax-exempt. For enquiries, call 03-4256 9999. 

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