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NASAM Food and Fun Fair 2014 and more to come!

The eagerly awaited day –  National Stroke Association Malaysia’s (NASAM) 17th annual food fair finally arrived on  15th June 2014 held at the playground next to Taman Jaya.

BeCause members came out in full force to man the BeCause food store, provide manpower for other stalls  and also the Sunway sponsored petting zoo. The objective was to raise about RM200,000 for the NASAM branches in PJ and  Ampang as well as for part its annual HQ operation costs .

NASAM’s food fair is quite well known by now – not only for helping to raise funds for a worthy cause – providing subsidized physiotherapy and rehabilitation for stroke patients;  but also for its great variety of stalls and creative ideas /effort put in to make the whole event fun filled , opportunity to grab great bargains and for the family to try out its many food and eating stalls.

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Following an earlier visit to NASAM’s main administration centre and understanding some of the problems faced by NASAM’s founder Janet Yeo, BeCause committee had decided that it can do more to support NASAM’s cause especially in the area of public awareness.

To this end, a high profile event to promote NASAM will be organized by BeCause at Sunway Pyramid around Christmas time this to launch NASAM’s Give Up A Meal (GUM) campaign, which is a practical way to ensure the NASAM will receive a steady stream of funds from donors to enable it to run all its centres smoothly.

BeCause, NASAM, and Sunway together will make a difference for strokees to ensure they can continue to rely on NASAM’s charity for their long road to rehabilitation.

40,000 meals for 3 charities – all packed within 3 hours by 260 volunteers

Wednesday 18th June was a day to remember. 10 BeCause members joined hands with Stop Hunger Now (SHN) and 250 Sunway staff to pack meals for 3 charities at Sunway Pyramid. The event was graced by Sunway Group’s Deputy Chairman Tan Sri Dato Razman M Hashim and Puan Sri Susan Cheah, amongst other VIPs.

It all started when President of SHN Mr Tiki Keh approached our VP Mr Kevin Tan (who happens to be the COO of Sunway Pyramid) to request for a space in the shopping mall to do a sponsored meal packing event for 200,000 meals. After several meetings, not only was the space secured, but the Sunway CSR Head took an interest and managed to convince the Sunway group to take part in a similar event by sponsoring 40,000 meals which will go to Myanmar Refugees Students Camp, Alliance of Chin Refugees and Reach Out Malaysia.

BeCause is very happy to be instrumental in making the events happen. By doing so, it can added another milestone in its objectives of bringing together the needy and those who can help through the resources and contacts of its members.

Besides participating in the actual 3-hour meal packing, BeCause members  also learnt hands-on how to set up the packing lines and the logistics involved in staging such an event . Some members have indicated their wish to become certified SHN “Chefs” to help and support SHN’s endeavour to stop global hunger within our lifetime – a noble objective shared by BeCause.

Yes, together we can make a difference !

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