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.
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.
The new committee members of BeCause did not sit on their laurels after being elected at the society’s recent AGM. Among the many initiatives being planned for 2014, the first was a visit to the National Stroke Association of Malaysia (NASAM) on 27th May 2014.
Every visit by BeCause members to a charity is not an ordinary visit to just offer some gifts, to exchange niceties or to fulfil an obligation. In line with BeCause’s objectives, a visit would have a 2-fold purpose:
Firstly, each visit is a personal education for its members to see first hand how the society is run, how well the inmates/ patients/ residents are treated, and what are the challenges and problems faced by the wonderful people behind the organization;
Secondly, after the visit, BeCause members will share their individual experiences of the visit and discuss what impacted them most. After that, members will brainstorm in which area BeCause can help to support the organization, both in the short and long term.
Once some ideas are decided, BeCause will send representatives to discuss with the charity and seek their approval of the idea and work together to implement it.
Datin Connie Chan, one of our BeCause members, commented, “The visit to NASAM was indeed a wonderful eye opener. The volunteers, the staff and of course the founder, Ms Janet Yeo are so enthusiastic and passionate to help the stroke survivors. This NGO is remarkably well run and one can’t help but be absorbed in its generous spirit of helping and giving. The smiles and joy on the faces of the strokees are indeed so gratifying!”
BeCause hopes that more members will benefit from such visits and stir in themselves the joyous spirit of sharing and giving to worthy and needy causes.
BeCause members posing with Janet Yeo, Founder and Chairman of NASAM