Fundraisers ( 3 Results )
Refuge For The Refugees
I'm celebrating my birthday by giving this year, and I would love for you to be a part of this too. For every giving, let me mail (yes by post, in an envelope) to you, or a person of your choice, a little hand-painted encouragement note! Here's how we can make it work:Give any amount you'd like to support this causeBetween now till 19 November, funds go directly to Refuge For The Refugee so I don't take any amountFill in this form with all the necessary detailshttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVsgcPa7Ke5aCjrMm-Y8awrh_4J-aoayJIJxdiyYa2rtKzLw/viewformSurprise someone or wait for your thank you artwork :)Want to know what you'll be contributing to? Read on below!---Hello! I'm Anndrea, and my birthday falls on 19 October (every year, yes in case you're wondering). Growing up, I always felt attached to my birthday, because it meant I could feast with family and friends, and go on unlimited amount of catch ups or even getting coffee shouts from my friends. That said, the pandemic didn't do anyone good this year. It kept most of us confined within our homes, and got us socially (and physically) distant when we were within the same spaces - that also essentially means I won't be able to celebrate my birthday like how I used to. Also since Facebook's been encouraging me to do a birthday fundraiser, I mean... no harm giving it a shot right? Now, since you'll have all that money not spent on me this year, why not share it with me as I give away my birthday to those who really needs it?Months ago (when BLM was a major issue globally), I remember searching for the marginalized communities here in Malaysia only to end up reading quite a bit about the refugee situations in our country instead. Having to understand how majority of us don't seem to bother simply because we don't see, experience or know how bad their situations are, aside that fact that many dealing directly with the refugees treating them as less human (which is impossible), I really wanted to do something to support this community however possible.So I got in touch with Heidy from Refuge For The Refugee to find out what you and I could contribute through my birthday fundraiser. Here are some of the causes you'll be giving to support the refugee community:New Mental Health InitiativeFunds will be utilized to provide access to mental health for the refugees who come from war-torn countries. Many of them suffer from severe anxiety and PTSD, and bringing in trained professionals will teach them skills to cope better.Basic Necessities At Detention CentresFunds will be used for purchasing of basic necessities for the refugees. In lieu of the rising Covid-19 cases, detention centres have asked RFTR if they bring in additional basic necessities supplies for the refugees currently detained for various reasons.Laptops For EducationFunds will also be channelled to purchase laptops for refugee kids so they are able to continue studying, especially now that schools need to be closed once again. With the fluctuating cases, many schools may alternate between physical class and online studying when required, and having a laptop for the refugee kids make it possible for them to keep up in their studies.If you asked me why I did this only this year, I too wish I'd started sooner - but it's never too late to start! Thank YOU for contributing to a cause I stand for, and celebrating my birthday with me!
Refuge For The Refugees
I’ve always been outspoken in my support for the refugees, especially in time where refugees are met with a lot of hate. I don’t only see it in Australia and how refugees are kept in detention centres that are really horrible condition that children themselves commit suicide (ABC, BBC, Human Rights Watch). I see it in Malaysia as well where people who were once outspoken in their support for refugees have become ugly in their actions and words, and anyone who speaks up about it gets demonised (NST, Al Jazeera, Malay Mail, ABC). It is so bad that in my support and standing up for refugees to receive basic human rights (which should be a given and not something to earn), I’ve had people harass me and send me death threats on social media.The refugee and migrant communities in Malaysia are amongst one of the most vulnerable groups of people who receive little to no support during this pandemic. Many from these communities have lost their jobs and now struggle to put food on the table for their families. While there is a problem with the treatment of refugees in Australia where I am currently residing, it is my responsibility and privilege the majority in Malaysia to do what I can to help my own country. Refuge For The Refugees is a non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness regarding the plight of refugees in Malaysia as well as provide education for refugee children. They are working together with other organisations such as Tenaganita, Dapur Jalanan KL and Liga Rakyat Demokratik for this project, and their donors, volunteers and strategic partners include the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, IMPACT Malaysia and BMW Malaysia.