KDU Student Feed The Poor During Ramadan Through Jom Sahur Campaign 2017

 
Student-volunteers distributing food to the homeless and underprivileged denizens. The homeless people getting relief goods from KDU student-volunteers.
 
Student-volunteer at the preparations point before heading out food to the assigned location. Jom Sahur campaign on the go whereby KDU students give out pre-fasting meals to the city’s homeless.
Around 60 student-volunteers from KDU took part in the Jom Sahur Campaign, an initiative to hand out Sahur (pre-fasting) meals to the city’s homeless and underprivileged, on 31 May.

The Jom Sahur campaign was jointly organised by NGOs Institute Onn Ja’afar (IOJ) and Yayasan Chow Kit (YCK) with food provided by Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel. This is an offshoot of IOJ’s Jom Bekpes campaign, which began in February 2016 and itself was the brainchild of IOJ Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussien, who is also Malaysia’s Defence Minister.

Student-volunteers gathered the night before at IOJ’s Volunteer Centre in Wisma Tancom, Kuala Lumpur, to begin preparations before heading out to the assigned locations. Starting from 12 midnight right up to 2.00a.m., the 370 pax of pre-fasting meals were simultaneously handed out to the underprivileged in front of Yayasan Chow Kit’s KL Krash Pad and at the Federal Territories Ministry’s Pusat Transit Gelandangan near Bulatan Pahang.

This event saw many underprivileged and homeless community enjoying themselves with delicious food and goodies handed to them. They were also given blankets to keep them warm during this rainy season.

“This event is eye-opening for me. It is definitely a good exposure for me, and taught me to look at things differently,” said Christian Nicholas Johnson, a Bachelor of Communication (Hons) programme student at KDU. He added, “We are so fortunate to be raised with all the facilities available to us, yet there are people who have to sleep on the streets. It breaks my heart to see that.”
 
Irvine Tinotenda, a student from Zimbabwe and currently study Diploma in Hospitality Management in KDU mentioned, “This is a good event as I get to meet new people and also know their problems. It saddens me to know that they are living on the streets without a home to go to.”

Commenting on this campaign, Mitchell Liong Chee Chiun, KDU Student and Alumni Centre Manager, said, “It has always been our long-standing mission to give back to the community. Concurrently, educating and empowering our students for this good cause is also in line with in line with KDU’s Youth Empowerment Plan 2017.”