M’sians quick to act on calls for help

Fit to care: Cristabel (left) and Martha with their healthier food contributions for the needy.

Fit to care: Cristabel (left) and Martha with their healthier food contributions for the needy.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are always quick to respond when there is a call for help.

As the #DaretoCare charity campaign goes into its third week, donations keep getting bigger.

Lawyer Nirumala Pusudoray read about the campaign in The Star recently and immediately wanted to be a part of it.

“This initiative is really straightforward. It’s there and it’s feasible and simple enough for anyone to take part.

“People talk about how there’s a lack of compassion in the world. I guess we just need to stop talking and just do it ourselves – we’ve got to start with the man in the mirror,” Niru­mala said, citing Michael Jackson’s popular song.

She packed some personal care products and school supplies for her donation, instead of food, like she has done before for other charitable events.

“We always think about the bare minimum like food, which is important, but we can also think of something else.

“Personal care products are something people don’t always think of donating, whereas school supplies are things that help support children in their educational pursuits,” added Nirumala.

Fitness instructors Martha Louis and Cristabel Leo, on the other hand, said no one should have to compromise on healthier eating. They put together cereals, oats and Milo, to provide the welfare homes with some wholesome meals.

“If you eat healthy, you’ll be healthier and stronger in meeting the challenges in life,” said Louis.

While she knows it is not much, Louis said she hoped it would inspire more to come forward with healthier food items.

Homemaker Patricia Lim said the #Dareto­Care campaign sent out a good message in getting people to kickstart their charitable efforts.

She said charity awareness should be inculcated in children at a young age.

“In schools, kids learn about the importance of doing the right things and of what’s good and bad – it’s just a subject that should be more experiential.

“Parents or schools can get children more involved in charitable initiatives, or taking it further, like visiting welfare homes,” she said.

Lim, who is a mother of three, builds edible gardens for schools in her spare time, and teaches children to build their own gardens and grow their own food.

“This will allow children to learn how to help others. They will be empowered if they have the experience, and the same goes for doing charity,” she added.

#DaretoCare is a joint charity initiative championed by Star Media Group and SkyWorld Development Group to address the needs of welfare homes in Malaysia.

The campaign encourages members of the public to give and help the less fortunate by filling in gifts or donations of essential items in brown paper bags.

Fifty thousand copies of The Star in brown paper bags have been distributed while another 50,000 paper bags will reach readers 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.

Alternatively, donors can get the paper bags at any of the property galleries, or drop off the donations directly.

For more details about the campaign, visit www.skyworld.my/#daretocare or email daretocare@thestar.com.my.

As a token of appreciation for donors, SkyWorld will give away GSC movie tickets when they make their donations. Terms and conditions apply.

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