Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan’s (YBU) mission to assist the poor and the marginalised is not confined to Perak alone. The foundation’s outreach programme breached international boundaries when members of the Perak Media Club visited Narmada, a village in West Lumbok, Indonesia recently. Narmada is within striking distance of Lumbok’s capital, Mataram.
The 18-strong Perak media team had just scaled Indonesia’s second highest active volcano, Gunong Rinjani on this popular Indonesian Island chain east of the Lumbok Strait. Led by the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, Datuk Akmar Hisham Mokhles, the team stopped by the Al-Ikhas Orphanage which housed 35 orphans to deliver goodies and a message of goodwill from Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan.
On hand to receive the visitors was orphanage manager, Muhammad Jailani Nur. An elated Nur told the gathering crowd that the gesture was exceptional. “We’ve been in existence since 1978 and this is the first time we received guests and gifts from Malaysia.” Nur was appreciative of YBU’s altruism and heaped praises on the foundation and the press club members. “It’s truly remarkable and thoughtful of you to do so,” said Nur.
The visit to the orphanage was part of the climbers’ week-long mission to plant the Perak flag on top the 3,726 metres (12,224 ft) high volcano. Apart from the successful ascent, the trip was also to promote Perak in conjunction with Visit Perak Year 2012.