20 May 2017 – In conjunction with the International Day of Families month, 106 QI staff, together with the Vijayaratnam Foundation worked in partnership with iCareBearz (iCB) to pack and distribute goodie bags containing stationeries and snacks, as well as food packs to selected orphanages and a number of families, and also serve dinner to the homeless.
The QI staff took part in three SSR activities held in three different places; Sungai Buloh, Klang, and Kuala Lumpur. The SSR activity in Sungai Buloh brought joy to the homes of 12 families who are facing a hard time making ends meet. In Klang, volunteers visited two orphanages sheltering abused children and children with special needs. While in Kuala Lumpur, volunteers served hot meals and fruits to 300 homeless who call the streets of the city their home. The SSR activities benefited a total of 500 individuals who are in much need of assistance and care.
QI volunteer Elaine Aisyah said, “I never knew there are so many homeless people in Kuala Lumpur. It is sad to see that they have no one for them and no home to go back to. This reminds us that we should be grateful for everything we have.”
Another volunteer Yazzid Hashim said, “There are so many members of the community who are in need of some form of assistance and we should all do our part through SSR to give a bit of our time and whatever else we can, to make a difference in their lives.”
iCB was formed in 2013 by a group who met whilst volunteering at a Feed-The-Homeless programme on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. iCB is self-funded, with donations coming from its members, their friends, and the public through social media. The team approaches identified needy families, builds a relationship with them, and later assists with job placement, educational or skills programmes, provides financial assistance, household necessities or help find the right shelter. The operational cost of programmes by iCB differs every month, with an average of about RM 6,000, to support around 30 families.