Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan’s (YBU) charity programme, during the fasting month of Ramadan, was a huge success judging from public’s responses. Dubbed, “Imarah Ramadan” the charity programme began on July 28 in the state constituency of Sungai Manik and ended in the parliamentary constituency of Parit on August 10.
The programme was a mix of visits and interactions where officials of YBU feted the locals at mosques and community halls. They broke fast together with the invitees and ended each session with the donations of raya gifts in the form of materials and duit raya. The beneficiaries were mainly the poor and the marginalised, orphans being the biggest group.
In Langkap, 70 received hampers while in Changkat Jering the number was 45. In Teluk Kecil, Pangkor, some 330 received a batik sarong each. The programme was extended to the palm oil mill workers of Felcra Nasaruddin, Bota and an orphanage in Parit. Officials broke fast with the workers while some had sahur with the orphans. Fifty hampers were given away to the workers while the orphans received duit raya packs.
Foundation Chairman, Dato’ Saarani Mohamad felt that the programme had been beneficial, especially to the target groups. “It helped in establishing bond and creating rapport with those concerned,” he remarked. “It will be a permanent fixture on YBU’s calendar”.