THE inaugural Charity Hi-Tea organised recently by the Malaysian Working Mother's Forum (MWMF), with the theme of Fab, Fit & Fresh for 2013, saw more than 100 of its members from the Klang Valley turn up at the Carcosa Seri Negara, here.
KUALA LUMPUR: MWMF executive director, Parveen Yassin, said the event was held to raise funds for Yayasan Chow Kit (YCK) as well as to create a platform for the working mothers to meet up, network and share their various roles as a career woman, wife, partner, mother and many more amongst each other.
During the high-tea, the members were split in two groups to participate in four different workshops, which included two educational talks, a cooking session and a self-defence demonstration.
Lucky draws saw exciting prizes like Samsung Tablet, Samsung Note and two-day/one-night stay in Carcosa Seri Negara given away to lucky winners.
With the support of its members, the Charity Hi-Tea exceeded the targeted amount of RM3,000 for YCK and fetched an unexpected RM5,000 during the five-hour gathering.
Celebrity host Sazzy Falak did the ice-breaker session during the inaugural forum, followed by a birthday celebration for November-born members, where a surprise cake-cutting ceremony was held.
Key speakers during the educational talks were Zaid Mohamad from SmartParents.com.my who spoke on "The Gift of Love -- iPhones or iLove U?" and Nazril Idrus and Sazzy Falak, a husband-and-wife team, who presented on "Cents & Sensibility: Managing Money in Marriage".
While Datuk Fazley Yaakob held a cooking demonstration on how to prepare a healthy salad and dessert, Dr Ramlan Ahmed Sensei of Aikido Shudokan Malaysia held a "Don't Panic, Be Alert Self-Defence" demonstration and taught the women some defence tips should they be attacked by strangers.
Amid a free flow of tea, coffee and snacks throughout the workshops, the women had the opportunity to pamper themselves with beauty sessions by Avon Malaysia, back and shoulder massages from Poise Organic Wellness Studio, and tips on scaling the body and decreasing cellulites from Scala Bio Malaysia.
They also bought fashion apparels and batik bags from SF by Sazzy Falak & Sakura and handmade jewellery pieces by Oxoloco, among others.
Other sponsors for the event were Dutch Lady Malaysia, The Body Shop, King's Confectionery Sdn Bhd, MPH, Royce Chocolate, Kumpulan Karangkraf and Wanita Magazine.
PETALING JAYA: A TOTAL of RM140,980 was donated to 17 welfare homes and organisations, here, recently.
The funds were raised through the "Be The Difference" campaign initiated by Groupon Malaysia, Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation and GRIM Film. The campaign ran from Oct 29 to Nov 11. The funds will be used to pay for the daily expenses of the homes and the development projects of the organisations.
Groupon Southeast Asia and India general manager Joel Neoh handed the cheques to the representatives of Malaysian Nature Society, Dyslexia Malaysia, Yayasan Chow Kit, St Barnabas Home, Shepherd's Centre Foundation, HOPE Worldwide Malaysia, Kiwanis Job Training Centre, Rumah Kasih Nurul Hasanah, Precious Children Home, Rumah Hope, SPCA Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Sawarak SPCA, House of Joy, Good Samaritan Home, Shelter Home for Children, SPCA Selangor and Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better.
Neoh said it was their fifth campaign and each year they organised campaigns for charity homes and NGOs.
"There were other initiatives that we held early this year which were with Unicef, World Food Programme, HOPE Worldwide and World Vision Malaysia," he said.
He said the campaign aimed to encourage Malaysians to help charitable causes.
He said the Internet was a powerful medium of communication and had the potential to achieve more than just business success.
"Usually people are very cautious in disseminating their credit card details when making online transactions," said Neoh. "But we didn't expect the campaign would receive overwhelming response from Malaysians.
"It shows how social e-commerce can inspire Malaysians to take meaningful action."
He said they wanted to prove that group-buying was beneficial to the community.
"This fact has been proven through our campaign.
"We are motivated and will continue to advocate for deserving causes in the country."
Neoh added that it was done through a microsite introduced by Groupon.
Neoh said Malaysians had more than 300 hours to contribute to the local charities which were chosen by the 17 finalists of Miss Universe Malaysia 2013.
KUALA LUMPUR: Groupon Malaysia, Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation and Grim Film have announced a collaborative effort towards the "Be the Difference" fundraising campaign which encourages Malaysians to help charitable causes.
"The campaign aims to demonstrate to society that with greater awareness, simplicity of modern technology and a little bit of generosity, a lot can be achieved in improving the lives and wellbeing of those less fortunate," said Joel Neoh, vice-president and general manager of Groupon Southeast Asia and India.
He added that with the tremendous popularity of group-buying in Malaysia, the team at Groupon felt compelled to support those in need as a community service as the platform had proven itself extremely effective.
"By collaborating with Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation and Grim Film, we hope to further demonstrate the potential of group-buying power, beyond that of personal or financial gain. It is a phenomenon that can and has made a difference in the lives of individuals, and more and more Malaysians will come to appreciate the potential of what can be achieved when we all come together," said Neoh.
Through a special microsite hosted by Groupon, Malaysians will have more than 300 hours to contribute to 17 separate causes chosen by the 17 finalists of Miss Universe Malaysia 2013.
The proceeds generated by campaign will be channeled directly to these charitable organisations.
The selected organisations are Shelter Home for Children, Hope Worldwide, Rumah Hope, SPCA Selangor, Kiwanis Job Training Centre, Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better, Rumah Kasih Nurul Hasanah, Dyslexia Malaysia, the House of Joy, the Good Samaritan House, the Shepherd's Centre Foundation, the Saint Barnabas Home, the Precious Children Home, SPCA Sabah, SPCA Sarawak, Malaysian Nature Society and Yayasan Chow Kit.
"Miss Universe Malaysia has a proud history of supporting communities and creating greater awareness around issues which matter in our society. The diversity of charities selected reflect the views and issues that matter to our 17 finalists, and we hope Malaysians will join us in 'being the difference' to those in need," said Andrea Fonseka, national director of Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation.
The "Be the Difference" microsite will feature the 17 different causes until Nov 11. For more details and to contribute, visit http://mumo.groupon.my
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