KUALA LUMPUR: When Phillip Wong found out that some children’s welfare homes required art supplies, he immediately offered to help.
The artist learned about the #DaretoCare campaign and swiftly gathered up goods that he knew the children could use.
Wong put together a collection of pencils and modelling clays to donate to the homes.
While gathering more items, he was also spreading the message to friends to join the cause.
“I think there is a great message behind #DaretoCare; there are many people who dare not care for others. If you want to care, you should just go ahead and do it,” said Wong, who is founder of the Artseni Gallery and a National Art Gallery board member.
Philanthropy is of second nature to Wong, who has supported Hospis Malaysia through various art initiatives since 2008.
On top of teaching art to both children and adults, he is actively involved in charity and constantly looks out to help champion worthy causes, until he stumbled upon this campaign.
“We all have the responsibility to do what we can, no cause can succeed with just one person behind it; it is a whole community’s effort,” said Wong.
In the meantime, Wong is offering to help to deliver goods to the nearest SkyWorld Development property gallery for others.
Furthermore, he also welcomes any of the children’s welfare homes involved in the campaign to approach him for free art lessons.
For co-workers Kelly Loh and Sarah Jane Tan, the two had been looking to extend help to the underprivileged community when they read about the #DaretoCare campaign in The Star.
They swiftly went shopping for some of the items suggested in the newspaper article, including dried food, cleaning agents, as well as stationery.
“We know that certain basic necessities can be items of luxury for the less fortunate. We hope our small contribution can change that, even if it’s just for a few people,” said Loh, who works in the food and lifestyle business.
“If everyone can do the same, we know this can snowball into a bigger change movement.”
Editor for a startup Yasmin Ahmad Kamil also took the opportunity to hand in some donations for the campaign, while leaving a message on the brown paper bags that she used to pack the goods.
“I think it was a nice touch to get donors to communicate with the residents of the homes,” she said.
“Many times when we are involved in a collection drive, we never get to speak to the people we are helping and it does not leave a strong impression.
“I hope the messages people leave on the bags can give them some form of encouragement.”
Bandar Utama resident George See also made his charity effort a family initiative.
He got his children and grandchildren to help with the shopping, packing and delivering, reminding them that helping others is the key to happiness.
“It is always good to do things together as a family, it brings us together.
“It is also especially important to get children to participate. We have to hone kindness and compassion from a young age,” said See.
The #DaretoCare campaign had distributed 50,000 copies of The Star in collectible brown paper bags for readers to fill with gifts or donations of essential items.
Another 50,000 paper bags will be distributed on Jan 13.
The filled bags can be dropped off at SkyWorld’s property galleries in Sentul, Setiawangsa, Bukit Jalil and Setapak from now until Feb 15, where the developer will collect and distribute the items to selected welfare homes.
The paper bags can also be obtained at any of the aforementioned property galleries.
For more details about the campaign, visit www.skyworld.my/#daretocare or catch the video at www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/12/19/spreading-joy-in-a-bag/