Charity drive raises RM41,870 for flood victims

By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
@danitbpseeds

 

OVER THE LAST YEAR, Malaysia has been struck with tragedy upon tragedy, first by MH370, followed by MH17 and most recently, AirAsia Indonesia QZ8501 landing in the Java Sea and severe floods in Peninsular Malaysia that has left many homeless.

It is in this time of sadness and distress that fellow Malaysians from all around the country reach out to each other for much needed support, comfort and help.

This is no exception for Sarawakians. On January 11, a charity drive called ‘An Evening of Prayer and Love’ dedicated to the flood victims in Peninsular Malaysia and those on doomed AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 was held at Godown Amphitheatre, Waterfront Kuching at 8 pm where candles were lit and a moment and prayer of silence were held as a sign of respect and condolences for the families affected by the tragedies.

 

People praying for the victims of last year tragedies.

People praying for the victims of last year tragedies.

Wee (left), Fatimah (middle) and Ng lighting candles for the victims of AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501.

Wee (left), Fatimah (middle) and Ng lighting candles for the victims of AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501.

 

“I always feel that it is our duty to extend a helping hand to those affected by the disaster or tragedy. When the idea of organising this event was mooted, I was glad that all the involving organisations present here this evening had responded to support it without any hesitation. Your kind gesture is highly appreciated,” said Datin Amar Kathryn Wee who organised the charity drive. Also present during the charity drive was Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.

During the charity drive, a cheque amounting to RM41, 870 was handed to the Buddhist Tzu Zhi Foundation Malaysia’s Disaster Fund, an international humanitarian organisation and a non-governmental organisation (NGO) started in Taiwan by a nun, Dharma Master Cheng Yen. The donation will be channelled through the foundation and sent to relevant Tzu Chi centres in flood-affected areas.

 

Wee handing the cheque to Buddhist Tzu Zhi Foundation Malaysia’s Disaster Fund representative, Ng Chong Seau Honrg witnessed by Fatimah.

Wee handing the cheque to Buddhist Tzu Zhi Foundation Malaysia’s Disaster Fund representative, Ng Chong Seau Honrg witnessed by Fatimah.

 

Among those involved in organising the charity drive included the Mirage Sarawak Club, Chung Hua Middle School No. 1 Alumni Association Kuching, the Dance Academy Kuching, the Talent and Art Performing Center, Kenwy Music and Arts Academy, Miya Dance Studio, Tyang Dance Academy, Eastern Oxygen Sports Club and Keen Sound and Lighting providing assistance with the sound tech.

After a moment of silence and prayer from those present during the charity drive, the organising groups also gave heartfelt performances throughout the evening.

 

Dancers of the Dance Academy Kuching performing ‘Let the World be Filled with Love’.

Dancers of the Dance Academy Kuching performing ‘Let the World be Filled with Love’.

Dancers from Miya Dance Studio lending grace to the night by performing ‘Hope’.

Dancers from Miya Dance Studio lending grace to the night by performing ‘Hope’.

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Sape player Erwin Jack mesmerised the crowd with a melodic ethnic tune

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Fabian Wee crooning ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

 

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