Friday, May 20, 2016

British women give back to society

(From left holding cheque) ABWM chairman Tracey Ross, Rennie and Oelofse with recipient charitable organisations and ABWM committee members.

The Association for British Women in Malaysia (ABWM) has distributed RM142,000 to 13 Malaysian charitable organisations.

The funds were raised primarily from the ABWM Christmas Bazaar last year and other ABWM activities.

ABWM charity coordinator Amber Oelofse said, “We are heartened by the generous contributions from our supporters, and motivated by the positive difference we could bring to the lives of those in need.

“From the donations we made last year, three young individuals were able to obtain degrees or diplomas; refugee schools have been able to take in more students; 1,300 refugees received mental health assessments and treatment; 600 stray animals were given a home; 450km of land around Sungai Yu in Pahang was protected from deforestation and poaching; play therapy is now being offered to children who have been a part of or witnessed domestic violence; a child therapy programme has been launched to help children diagnosed with cancer,” she added.

Acting British High Commissioner to Malaysia Paul Rennie presented the cheques during a luncheon at the British High Commissioner’s residence.

“The UK and Malaysia share a special bond and for over 40 years the ABWM have been a shining example of what that bond means in practice.

“The fundraising to support communities is part of it. I believe it is the great personal connections that are made which truly underpin the links between our two countries, and of which I am immensely proud,” said Rennie.

This year, PAWS Animal Welfare Society and Desa Amal Jireh Children and Senior Citizens Home are the latest additions to the list of beneficiaries.

The other beneficiaries are National Cancer Society Malaysia, Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia, Women’s Aid Organisation, Lighthouse Children’s Home, Health Equity Initiatives, Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers, Openhands Fellowship Girls Home, Home of Peace Children’s Home, Alliance of Chin Refugees, Tasputra Perkim centre for the disabled.

ABWM is a voluntary association founded in 1975 comprising British women living in Malaysia.