Deprived kids hungry no more with 'Jom Bekpes'

Written by: J.R. | 07 Feb 2018 13:57
Volunteers help prepare the breakfast packs as the children enjoy their meals. FB pics IOJ.
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07 Feb 2018 13:57

No act of kindness, however small is ever wasted, Greek fabulist and storyteller Aesop once said.

For many of us, the daily meals we are blessed with is a given but out there on the streets, there are many not as fortunate.

Sadly, a number of them are children who sometimes can’t even afford to start their day with a decent cup of tea.

But we are Malaysians and Malaysians are known for their warmth and generosity.

A morning soup kitchen campaign involving university and college students is increasing its sessions as more and more institutions want to have breakfast with underprivileged children and homeless people in Kuala Lumpur.

The JOM BEKPES campaign, organised by non-government organisation Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ), was a bi-monthly event involving 40 students from different private and public universities every session, serving around 250 people at a time.

Due to high demand, it is now going to be held almost every week.

For IOJ patron Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, it is reassuring to see the increasing enthusiasm among the youth in volunteering their time and energy for the benefit of underprivileged children and homeless people.

"We see this wave of altruism spreading across the country and Malaysia’s future looks promising because when these youth eventually become leaders, they will have developed selfless nature and a habit of giving," he said. 

To start, the first half of JOM BEKPES for 2018 is being sponsored by Pelaburan MARA Berhad, a financial services group and asset management company wholly-owned by Majlis Amanah Rakyat.

“JOM BEKPES is one way for Pelaburan MARA to show our care and concern for every level of the Malaysian society," said Pelaburan MARA Group CEO Datuk Nazim Rahman.

IOJ started JOM BEKPES in February 2016 and till the end of 2017 there were around 25 sessions annually but they had to increase the sessions to 33 for 2018.

The first session of the JOM BEKPES 2018 campaign took place this morning as students from Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College had breakfast with underprivileged children and homeless people around Chow Kit.

The students arrived at IOJ’s Volunteer Centre as early as 6.00am before heading out to Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih, Yayasan Chow Kit’s Pusat Aktiviti Kanak-Kanak and KL Krash Pad, and Pusat Transit Gelandangan.

After just over an hour of having breakfast and interacting with underprivileged children, including stateless and refugee children, and homeless people, they headed back to campus for their morning classes.

Mother Theresa once said: If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

We Malaysians definitely can do that.


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