Thursday, April 26, 2012

Walk A Mile In Their Shoes ....

Refugee children of Sekolah Tahfiz Hashimiah, Selayang
(Tersangat daif keadaan mereka) 

In striving towards a healthier lifestyle, there is nothing like a good, brisk walk to help shed the pounds. And if that walk happens to be in the name of charity, that's double the merit.  

If your schedule isn't too packed next week Saturday, come walk with us for a good cause. Those easy strides of yours may well enable some needy kids to attend school properly equipped and attired, and on a full stomach too. 

"A Mile For A Smile" is a 3.3km walkathon bringing together Muslim Aid Malaysia Humanitarian Foundation (Muslim Aid) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) as joint collaborators, to raise money for an education fund currently being planned by Muslim Aid for orphans and underprivileged children. 

The walkathon is an effort by 'Euphoria Event', a student group under UiTM's Bachelor of Event Management (honours) programme. The course is meant to train undergraduates into becoming competent event managers, planners and coordinators.  

It will be held on Saturday May 5, 2012, at Taman Metropolitan, a landscaped theme urban park spread over 117 hectares in Kepong, on the fringes of the city. 

The recreational park with an excellent trail is well-known to city dwellers as the place where kite fanciers gather (by the side of a man-made lake) to indulge in their passion of kite flying.


7.30 am     arrival and registration
8.30           warm-up session "Senam 1Malaysia"
9.00           walkathon begins
10.30         walkathon ends
10.45         arrival of VIP/sponsor reps
11.00         recitation of doa
11.10         opening address 
11.20         Asst VC officiates event
11.30         prize giving
12.00         photography session
12.30         event concludes

Fee for registration and participation are as follows: RM25 per adult, RM15 per student and RM12 per child under the age of 12. Money raised go towards the establishment of the Muslim Aid Education Fund for orphans and underprivileged children. 

In the forefront as beneficiaries are children from the various Orang Asli communities. Many of these tribal folks still live the old ways, hunting & gathering deep in the forests, but their kids need to be kept in school hostels to ensure they get proper schooling.

Also needing help are refugee children currently here, many of whom orphans and destitute. Their future may be in limbo but they are entitled to an education like any other child in the world. 

For the likes of us who have the ways and the means to do something to contribute towards their well-being, no effort should be spared. It's nothing less than amal jariah on our part. 

Walker sponsorship is welcome and team participation, especially from the corporate sector, is greatly appreciated. For more details and the registration form, please visit our website at:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Muslim Aid Malaysia Humanitarian Foundation

Khatan (Circumcision) for children of Rohingya refugees, Selayang, KL.  

Apologies are due for my apparent neglect of Kata Kama. It has been almost three weeks since the last entry and I really have to get back into the groove of things.

I don't usually leave the blog unattended for long periods but there have been much work lately (no complaints there, though), besides a few other 'must see-to' commitments.

Just for the record, I recently joined Muslim Aid Malaysia Humanitarian Foundation, the local arm of international NGO, Muslim Aid, to assist in areas I am familiar with i.e. public relations, marcom and fund-raising. 

It's quite a departure from the rough and tumble corporate world I once was a part of, but with the grace of God, I think I'll manage, Insyaallah.

I take comfort in the fact that I'm no stranger to NGOs promoting humanitarian causes, having been a Rotary Club member for almost a decade in the mid '90s.

 With all the projects that Muslim Aid Malaysia has lined up for the year and beyond, we are looking at a busy time ahead.

Broadly speaking, Muslim Aid is a non-political and non-sectarian international aid agency, inspired by Islamic values, to serve the needy irrespective of religion, race, ethnicity, nationality or political creed.

Beneficiaries include the orphaned, refugees and internally displaced people, communities caught in cycles of poverty, and survivors of disasters. 

Muslim Aid Malaysia, the local arm of the international relief agency, was granted tax exemption status in 2009 by the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (LHDN), thereby providing donors tax deductibility for their generous donations.

Muslim Aid Asia is headquartered in KL where our office is located. The agency has directorate offices in London, Munich and Sydney and field offices in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Gambia, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Sudan. The organisation also partners with many independent in-country NGOs.   

Starving children, victims of Somalian draught, 2011.

Food aid for victims of Somalian draught, 2011

Ramadhan Food Packs for Iraqi poor.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Consider This....

Ten Thoughts To Ponder ....

Number 10
Life is sexually transmitted.

Number 9
Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

Number 8
Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny. If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich.

Number 7
Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.

Number 6
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospitals, dying of nothing.

Number 5
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

Number 4
Why does a slight tax increase cost you $800.00, and a substantial tax cut saves you $30.00?

Number 3
In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

Number 2
Life is like a jar of Jalapeno peppers--what you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow.

Number 1
"Don't worry about old age - it doesn't last that long."