The fasting month of Ramadan has a special meaning for Muslims the world over. It is a moment for reflection, a time for doing good deeds and, above all, a time for giving. The more one gives, the better it is for everyone. In the spirit of Ramadan, a number of non-governmental organisations, corporations and well-meaning individuals have pooled their resources to donate to the poor, the marginalised and the underprivileged in line with the teachings of Islam. Here are some of the activities that have taken place during the auspicious month:
Royal Ipoh Club
Muslim lady members of the club led by its chairperson, Ms Rohaya Ariffin entertained some 150 single mothers, old folks and orphans to lunch on Sunday, July 7, at the club’s Azlan Shah hall. Muslim lady members, according to Rohaya, have been organising the activity annually without fail since 1992. Gifts consisting of clothing, daily necessities and duit raya donated by well-wishers were given to the recipients by Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Norazah bt Tunku Aziz, wife of Yang Amat Mulia Raja Izzudin Ibini Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah.
Tower Regency and Nestlé
For the past three years Tower Regency and Nestlé have been treating orphans to a breaking of fast dinner at the hotel during the month of Ramadan. This year was no exception. Over 180 orphans from various orphanages, in and around Ipoh, were feted to a sumptuous buka puasa spread at the hotel’s coffee house on the first day of Ramadan, Wednesday, July 10. Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim gave away hampers and duit raya to those present, which included 50 single mothers and 16 handicapped children.
Mydin Hypermarket Meru Jaya
In a bid to help the disabled, a charity event in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya Adilfitri was held at the Mydin Hypermarket, Meru Jaya on Tuesday July 16. It was graced by Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Prime Minister and Datin Seri DiRaja Saripah Zulkifli, wife of the Perak Menteri Besar.
The programme’s objective was to create awareness regarding the plight of the less fortunate, especially those with mental and physical disabilities. The contributions made were in the form of clothing, daily necessities and duit raya.
A total of 249 children from ten rehab centres in Perak were present at the morning function.
Orient Star Lumut
Forty three children from Bait Al-Amin Orphanage, Parit were treated to buka puasa at Orient Star Resort, Lumut on Saturday, July 13. They did not leave empty handed as all were presented with gifts and duit raya borne by Borong Sakan, a local supermarket chain. There to do the honour was Rashidi Ibrahim, the state assemblyman for Pasir Panjang. Present at the ceremony were Dato’ Hj Omar Yatim, Managing Director of Borong Sakan and Vincent Ee, General Manager of Orient Star Resort.
Malaysian AEON Foundation Brings Cheer in Manjung
AEON Malaysia through its charity arm, the Malaysian AEON Foundation, arranged a day of joy for 170 children, aged between 1 and 12 years old, and 18 single parents in Manjung recently in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.
To kick-off the day, each child was given RM200 and brought to AEON Sri Manjung for a shopping spree, giving them an opportunity to purchase their favourite baju raya. Dato’ Abdullah Mohd Yusof and Ms Nur Qamarina Chew Abdullah, Vice President of Malaysian AEON Foundation, played guardian accompanying the children in the shopping spree and helped them select their baju raya.
“This Hari Raya is going to be so special for me because I can wake up in the morning and don my new baju raya before visiting my friends. This is the first for me,” said Husna Mohd Jamil, a 10-year-old who was so excited with her new baju kurung.
Later in the evening, the women and children were treated to a sumptuous buka puasa feast at the Swiss Garden Golf Resort & Spa in Damai Laut. They were also entertained by the charismatic actor and singer, Dato’ AC Mizal with fun games, as well as Saujana’s nasyid performance. The dinner ended on a high note when the single mothers and children, each received duit raya worth RM200 and RM50 respectively. The mothers were also presented with daily cooking essentials, cookies and cakes worth RM100.
Polytechnic Ungku Omar
The Ipoh-based polytechnic did its part for charity too but with a difference. Staff and students of the technical institute joined hands in cooking bubur lambuk, a popular porridge with Muslims during the fasting month of Ramadan. On Wednesday, July 17 they prepared a total of 5000 packets of bubur lambuk cooked in 11 giant woks, creating a record of sorts. The packed porridge was later distributed to the college staff, students and the public.
Some 1,300 packets of bubur lambuk were prepared and packed on the grounds of the State Secretariat Building on Wednesday, July 24. Cooking ala gotong royong in 12 huge woks began early in the morning and by 2pm the porridge was ready for distribution. The recipients were mainly government officials and visitors who dropped by the building for a variety of reasons. Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Diraja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, in a symbolic gesture, gave away the packed porridge to heads of departments at an informal ceremony held at the multi-purpose hall nearby. He conveyed his Hari Raya greetings to all of those gathered and Perakeans, in general. Like past years, Zambry will be performing umrah (mini haj) in Mecca during the month of Ramadan. He will be back a day before Hari Raya Adilfitri.