Charity Promotion Booth at BSC and Padang Merbuk
”To Japan With Love” charity continued its promotion last weekend, this time at 2 locations ; Bangsar Shopping Centre Padang Merbok. On Saturday we were at BSC until 2pm before going to Padang Merbok where we set up the booth next together with Pacesetters secretariat who were there to organize the Kordel Walk the following morning.
It was pretty interesting last Saturday as we had the honour of having Shariff @ Singapore Blade Runner on board to help us promote ‘To Japan With Love’. Ng Chee Kian, Siti Najwa and Azmar were also there. 2 weeks ago we had the privilege to be with the ‘running’ crowd at NB15KM, and just last week with another (well sort of) crowd, namely the ‘walking’ crowd. It was fun to see family, friends and couples joining the Kordel Walk. The best surprise came from uncle Allen Lai (haven’t seen him in ages !). He is a friend’s dad (IM May Senn) who also walks, runs, cycles, and of course all out in promotion any good cause which came his way. He is one of the contributors to this charity program. On Sunday morning, if you were there at Padang Merbok, you might have noticed an elderly man wearing a yellow Iroman cap walking between the crowd shouting ‘Charity, charity !’ . That was Allen. A very great heard with kind intention to help those in need. Allen, thank you for helping us promote !
I would like to also express all of you who came and drop by our booth whether to get more info on the event, purchase the charity stickers or pledged for the cause (not forgetting Kordel Walk organizer who offered to announce the charity drive on the microphone 🙂 ). An overwhelming response I must say. Sharing is caring, and sharing this very cause with all of you to come (and those who came) forward to donate for Japan. It is never too late for this, and in fact, I am happy to announce that the closing date for this charity drive has been extended to the 20th June 2011. Other friends i.e. Tan Chin Chim, Aliya and his son Daniel, Siok Bee, Alexandra Leong, Judy Chua, Leena and Goh Choon Aun who came later to help us pack up after event walk ended.
This charity promotion will not end after the ultra event next week( ooweeee its soooo near already) in fact will continue after that. Keep tab of this page ya ! I came to the realization that we should not question the good deeds/intention of others but rather our own. While each of us can contribute, it is actually the combination of all those contributing which propels a change for the better. Just like how a brick is compared to a wall. The strength of a wall relies on the individual bricks and the bond built between those brick, all acting in unison. We are just like those bricks. Hence, my deepest appreciation to all of you who have contributed to this cause no matter how small ! It’s the thought that counts.
P.S. The charity event is mentioned in The Star today (14 June 2011). Not exactly the article I want to be proud of as the content is focused on my achievements as an amateur athlete rather than the charity drive itself. Purpose of approaching the media at the first place is to get the public aware one of the many charity events going on for Japan. Anyways, thank you to Wei Loon for putting up the article on The Star. I hope the event website http://www.kilausuriasports.com/tojapanwithlove gets more hits today ! Article link here
While we take granted of our own happiness and life experiences, it is truly the bitter moments which touches us to take a step forward in making a change whether for ourselves or others. Japan, I feel you though I can’t for sure imagine exactly the emotional turmoil you are going through.
The concept of charity is wide, as like it is in Islam as evident in a hadith narrated by Sahih Bukhari and Muslim
“On the authority of Abu Huraira who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him said), “Every small bone of everyone has upon it a charitable act for everyday upon which the sun rises. Bringing about justice between two is an act of charity. Helping a man get on his mount, lifting him onto it or helping him put his belongings onto it, is a charitable act. A good word is a charitable act. Every step you take toward the prayer is a charitable act. And removing a harmful thing from the path is a charitable act.”