Beauty queen: Small gestures go a long way to help the needy

Vanessa (left) posing with her #DaretoCare bag at Menara Star.

Vanessa (left) posing with her #DaretoCare bag at Menara Star.

PETALING JAYA: Growing up, Vanessa Tevi Kumares was taught that even a small gesture of giving can make an impact in an underprivileged person’s life.

The Miss Universe Malaysia 2015 said this belief led her to support the #DaretoCare campaign, a joint charity initiative to address the needs of selected welfare homes organised by Star Media Group and SkyWorld Development Group.

“Often times we think that what we do isn’t enough to make an impact on the lives of others.

But that’s not true,” said the 26-year-old, adding that the #DaretoCare campaign encouraged Malaysians to extend assistance to the less fortunate.


She said the act of donating necessities rather than cash under the campaign helped Malaysians be aware that charity could start with small gestures.

“I believe the magnitude of these ‘mini steps’ we are taking will have a huge impact on those who may have not been so fortunate,” she added.

Singer and actress Daiyan Trisha Mohammad Nasaruddin said the campaign’s hashtag of #DaretoCare helped “challenge people to start caring”.

“I think this is an admirable effort, and as it is the New Year, it is the perfect time for people to start to care more about others.

“It is the perfect time to dare ourselves to care more about other people’s hardships,” said the 25-year-old.

She said her New Year’s resolution was to give more and this was another reason for her to support the campaign.

Good-ie bags: Vanessa (left) posing with her DaretoCare bag at Menara Star. (Right) Daiyan Trisha also lends her support to the campaign.
Daiyan Trisha also lends her support to the campaign.

“It’s always the little things that make an impact such as giving extra money to the makcik selling keropok. That will make her day,” she added.

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

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 also get the paper bags at any of the property galleries or drop off the donations directly.

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As a token of appreciation to donors, SkyWorld will give away GSC movie tickets when they make their donations (terms and conditions apply).