Thank you for all your support which enable me to reach my fundraising target. However, as the #HarapanMulia 2022 Fundraiser has yet to reach its target, I will continue my fundraiser to try and reach RM20,000 in funds raised. If I am able to reach RM20k, I will be making a 10km run to mark the occasion. So, looking forward to receiving your support!
The past 2 years has been a wild and emotional ride for many of us. It has been a period of both loss and also gain. We initially loss our freedom of movement, and restrictions to the way that we normally do things. But from the loss comes new ideas and approaches to move forward, growing and learning along the way from the steep learning curve, as how it has to be. As the saying goes, life finds a way and life goes on.
From a personal perspective, we changed the approach on how we do things, from the need to be physically presence to reach out to our targeted beneficiaries, to become the hands and feet of our beneficiaries when they are restricted in their movements to within their housing compound. This was what happened for our Shopping Buddy program, where from initially bringing out the urban poor families and accompanying them to get their household groceries, we have now adapted to getting the list of needed groceries from each families by way of phone call, and going to the hypermarket to shop for the list of requested items before sending it over to the families, so that the needs of the underserved are still taken care of even when their movements are restricted. We even increased the number of supported families every month during this period, seeing the high number of families affected by the pandemic and economic uncertainties, from the initial 10 families per month, to a high of 80 families per month during the peak of the pandemic. We are now averaging 20 families per month this year for the Shopping Buddy program, hoping that the little assistance that was provided will at least alleviate the burden of the families, some of which are single mothers, working a few jobs to make a living so that they could feed their young children.
On the positives side, it also heartens me that despite all the challenges the pandemic and lockdown are affecting our lives, some of the students under our Didik-Kasih EduCare program have continued to progress well in their studies. One who is majoring in Fine Arts had just completed his impressive artwork exhibition recently, while another is expected to be completing his aircraft maintenance technician license program by year end.
We will not have been able to extend our support and services to all the beneficiaries under our care without the kind support and donations from our generous donors, such as yourself. It is undeniable that the economic uncertainties had certainly affected some of our existing donors’ capability to continue their support to us financially. We are also unable to conduct large scale physical fundraisers with the limitations. Thus, with the new norm, we have been adapting to the online crowdfunding method so that we will be able to have the funds necessary to continue running our range of charity programs and projects. With crowdfunding, everyone is able to support our programs, with as little or as much as they would like to, from the comfort of their own home.
That is why I will be acting as one of the fundraisers to raise RM13,000.00 in support of the #HarapanMulia fundraiser so that Great Vision Charity Association will get to continue running our charity programs without disruption in 2023. I hope to be able to garner your warm and generous support, as we strive to inspire and empower less fortunate people via education and awareness, so that the underprivileged groups under our care will recognise their potential, and go from being takers to givers.
Thank you for taking time to read my write up, and hoping to gather your much needed crucial support.