by S BIRRUNTHA / pic credit: mrca.org.my
THE Malaysia Retail Chain Association (MRCA)’s women division committee members made a RM12,700 contribution in cash and kind to Home of Peace children’s home through its “A Good Deed a Week” campaign.
The charity campaign, which runs from Feb 8 until March 7, was initiated by its president Shirley Tay and the MRCA charity committee.
Tay, who witnessed the mock cheque presentation, said the campaign was to spread love and good cheer, as a little goes a long way.
“The campaign concept is very simple; we believe that we can build a virtuous cycle by encouraging good deeds.
“While doing a good deed a day may be a burden to some, doing a good deed a week is much more manageable. And it can be simple gestures,” she said in a statement yesterday.
She hoped that this simple initiative can inspire more people to contribute in their own way, even beyond the campaign period.
Led by MRCA treasurer general and women division chief Datuk Winnie Lim, her committee members brought hand sanitisers, masks and children vitamins during their visit to the welfare home.
Besides providing a simple lunch of Subway sandwich sets, the children were also given “ang pows” and soft toys.
Home of Peace, which is located at Taman Bukit Indah, Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur, is currently home to 17 children aged four to 19.
The home’s dedicated caretaker, Justine Morais, homeschools the children, and some of the funds collected have been earmarked for classroom furniture and educational toys.
The balance of the funds will be used for groceries and daily needs. As the home’s residents are from underprivileged families or have experienced some form of abuse before, Morais is very protective and there is a strict house rule of not allowing pictures to be taken with any of the children.
“Ever since the start of the Movement Control Order last year, we have been trying to raise funds to ensure we have enough to sustain the home. This contribution is really a great help to us.
“Since the children’s needs are provided for, we will keep their ‘ang pow’ in their education fund for them to use after they turn 18,” Morais added.