BEST CHOICE: One of the best decision that I ever made in 2013 was to start helping-out a non-profit band of dedicated volunteers, collectively called One Charity, who prepare & distribute homemade HOT MEALS for the homeless people who are living in the streets of Kuala Lumpur. There are no official estimates on the exact numbers of homeless in KL & it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact figure because these desperate people are constantly on the move and their shelter status is ever changing. According to an 8-year veteran volunteer, it is estimated that there are more than 400 homeless in the Klang Valley.
PITIFUL STATE: I just cannot imagine how awful it is to have NO home or shelter to call your own, and having to sleep in five-foot walkways, in abandoned dilapidated buildings, in rat-stricken alleys, in unlit parks, in quiet stairwells. Furthermore, being penniless & homeless, these poor folks are constantly battling with the full spectrum life’s harsh realities of hunger, violence, physical & mental abuse, sickness, incarceration, discrimination of many forms. In short, the basic Human Rights, which we take for granted, does not apply in their cruel world.
WHY THEM: It’s so easy to give-up on life when all the odds are stacked against you, and with no hope in sight. These homeless are not beggars. Sometimes, they ended-up where they are through no fault of their own. Other times, bad decisions & poor judgements made in the past have led them down this slippery slope of despair.
In many cases, family disputes, low-paying jobs, high lodging costs, embarrassment make it near impossible for them to dig themselves of their hell hole.
GIVE HOPE: The best kind of help that we can give the homeless is the one that is RESPECTFUL, NON-JUDGEMENTAL & UNCONDITIONAL. “How” we give assistance to the Homeless is just as important as “what” we give them. I will always remember the words of the senior volunteer when we were preparing to dish-out hot meals to the Homeless one evening, “Remember that they are our customer. So, make sure you are polite, and smile when you give them their plate of food.”. From that day on, I knew that I was at the right place & doing the RIGHT THING. No matter how many times that I have handed-over food to the homeless, the look of divine appreciation on their faces never ceases to touch me. I am always amazed at how a simple gesture of giving one meal to someone hungry can give them HOPE when once there was none.
NEW YEAR PARTY: You are cordially invited to JOIN ME on Friday evening to give-out food to the homeless. Together, we can stop someone going to sleep on an empty stomach. Can you think of a better way to start the new year 2014?!
Date/Time: 3rd January 2014 (Fri), 9:30pm
Venue: Bank Muamalat HQ, Jalan Melaka (near LRT Masjid Jamek), Kuala Lumpur
Dress Code: Come As You Are
Optional: Bring fruits if you can
REGISTRATION UNNECESSARY. JUST TURN-UP!
For Enquiries: Call me 012-2981381 (Gus)