Volunteerism

Siso is the clown with a big heart

Our work in the social sector continues to open our eyes and minds to the amazing individuals doing great deeds to help those in need.

Meet Siso the Clown, who saves up his income to pay for all his gigs at charities and orphanages, because he simply wants to make people laugh.

This means that Siso doesn’t take a single sen from these bodies, providing free entertainment, games and laughter to senior citizens and orphaned children.

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We asked him why the generosity. “It’s service, simply service.” About half of the income he earns goes into his entertainment business, SDC Family Resources and the remaining portion funds his visits to these underprivileged homes.

There is hardly any profit in this clowning business, what more if you give nearly if not all of your income away to charity. Sometimes all he can make from a job is RM50, after spending the rest of his income on buying supplies and making arrangements for his charity gigs. But for Siso, it’s not about being materially wealthy, it’s about serving others, sharing and caring for the community.

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It is about clowning around for Siso, but with a noble cause. If you would like to find out more about Siso and his work, visit him here or at his Facebook page here.
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Children · Disabled · Volunteerism

Back from our hiatus, we’re delighted to share our stories once again on this community blog – site.

Everyday poses a new inspiration, everyday we meet uplifting spirits making a change in any way they can.

I’d like to introduce the Lim family here, who are behind the weCAREJourney movement, raising awareness about rare diseases and cases of spinal muscle atrophy (SMA).

weCAREjourney founders Edmund Lim and Yap Sook Yee with their sons Jaden and Branden

Motivated by their own experience, the youngest son, Branden,has been diagnosed with SMA, a disorder that affects nerves, muscle development and brings on severe disabilities.

I learnt about Branden after his father, Edmund got in touch with Hati.my on a separate charity partnership and we’ve stayed in contact ever since. I had the pleasure of meeting his other, or rather better half, Yap Sook Yee to learn of their tireless, and often thankless work in running weCAREjourney.

Their eldest son, Jaden provides the loving support for Branden, and also mum and dad, and importantly also helps raises funds for the movement, that in turn helps his younger brother. Both boys paint often, one reason is because painting is a form of therapy for Branden, and two, their artwork is used to publicise the good work of weCAREjourney.

All I can say is that, as I get to know the Lims better, I am struck and amazed by their energy, positivism and strength. Strength alone is not enough to have to care for Branden and run a non-profit organisation, but the fact that all of them exude positivity no matter the experiences they face. And that is a trait to be emulated if not admired.

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And if that isn’t enough, they devote their time, energy and care to families with lower incomes too, who have to manage and care for their own children with rare disorders. All as I say, they do this with an open heart and a sincere smile.

Edmund Lim and his two sons Jaden and Branden (front)

You can read about their work here, or join them in their conversations on their Facebook page here.

Poor · Refugees

Not your usual kind of chefs

We had the pleasure of meeting the people behind the Picha Project, a social enterprise designed to match the needs of refugees to demands of the food industry.

How do they do that?
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The lovely ladies behind the project work with refugee families, who prepare meals for individual meals or catering requests. Refugees that we meet often decline charity, preferring to work or earn an honest living to support their families here. Having been through difficult times, war or conflict from Myanmar, Afghanistan, Syria and other parts of the world, they start with nothing in Malaysia.
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We love the Picha Project and what is represents, do check them out here.
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Uncategorized

Helping Gobi

In September 2015, Hati.my volunteers met Gobi, a mentally unstable man who has been sleeping at the Shah Alam park in a wooden rest hut for almost a month. Volunteers donated a sleeping mat and blanket, clothes and food provisions to Gobi. In the following month, Hati.my volunteers learnt that his case was referred to a charity organisation.

Volunteerism

Supplies for Nepal earthquake victims

In May 2015, Hati.my volunteers worked together with kind donors to purchase truck loads of groceries and other supplies to be sent to Nepalese earthquake victims via assistance from the Malaysian army base in Subang.

From water supplies, canned food, rice, torchlights, to blankets and biscuits, these items were bought from a MyDin store and loaded into truck to be deployed to Nepal. Contributions came up to a cost of RM 18,000.