KUALA LUMPUR, July 30, 2015:
A group of volunteers, comprising young working adults and students, is making Hari Raya extra special by cooking for 1,000 Rohingya living in several villages.
Dubbed the Raya Rohingya project, the volunteers, who call themselves the Happy Bank crew, had previously sponsored buka puasa meals and daily essential kits for 400 Rohingya during the fasting month.
It took the group weeks of tireless fundraising to make that possible as they raised RM12,000 for the project.
This time, however, they are still RM7,000 short from an estimated RM15,000 needed for the Raya Rohingya project.
This is why Happy Bank leader Nurainie Haziqah, a lawyer by profession, is appealing for the public to come to their aid.
“We are just normal individuals committed to helping people in need, regardless of race, creed or colour, but we can’t do it without public support.
“Together, we can help these people find the strength to move forward in life,” she told The Rakyat Post when contacted.
She said the Happy Bank crew had received queries asking why it helped outsiders, even though many Malaysians also needed help or comments saying that it was better to help people in Chow Kit.
Nurainie believed that it was never a wrong thing to be humane and help anyone who was in need.
“So what if people decide to help Rohingyas?
“Just to let everyone know, more than half or even three-quarters of those we have been helping in Chow Kit are not Malaysians.
“They are either mixed or outsiders.”
The food will be prepared in Selayang Baru next Monday with the help of several Rohingya cooks.
It will then be individually packed and delivered by the volunteers to the Rohingya communities living in four villages.
Contributions can be made directly to the bank account of Happy Bank treasurer Mohamed Fareed Mohamed Ashaaree (Maybank 162107185752).
For further details, call Nurainie (014-3653350) or Nisa (013-2868055).