Pos Malaysia to help children send goodwill messages to Gaza’s children
By Indra Kumari Nadchatram
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 March 2009 – “To My Friend in Gaza” will benefit from the support of a new partner, Pos Malaysia who has created a dedicated single PO Box address to help children in Malaysia send letters, cards and drawings of peace, hope and love to children in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt).
“This is truly a wonderful collaboration of energy between individuals, the private sector and international organisations such as UNICEF to make things happen for children,” said Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir who conceptualised and leads the project. “I hope this dedicated PO Box will encourage more children here to share their voices with their peers in Gaza.”
Children in Malaysia can now address their goodwill messages to: To My Friend in Gaza / Untuk Kawanku di Gaza, P.O. Box 1000, 50796 Kuala Lumpur.
Letters will then be translated into Arabic and sent to UNICEF to be delivered to the children in Gaza. Pos Malaysia will also show its support by displaying the posters for “To My Friend in Gaza” project at all its 691 outlets countrywide.
Restoring children’s faith in humanity
“Pos Malaysia will do our best to support this initiative by ensuring that the letters are delivered safely and efficiently to the Project Organiser in Malaysia,” said Dato’ Syed Faisal Albar, Group Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of Pos Malaysia. “Times have been very hard for the children in Gaza and I truly hope that the messages from our Malaysian children will help in a way to restore their faith in humanity.”
UNICEF Representative to Malaysia and Special Representative to Brunei, Mr. Youssouf Oomar received the first batch of close to 3,000 letters, cards and drawings from Datin Paduka Marina and Pos Malaysia’s Group Head of Corporate Communications Datin Rohaiza Hashim at the media conference held earlier today.
The letters will be dispatched to UNICEF’s oPt office in support of efforts to bring normalcy back to the lives of children in Gaza.
Helping children’s psychosocial recovery
According to UNICEF, tens of thousands of children in Gaza have returned to school since the third week of January. Together with its partners in the region, UNICEF is working to rehabilitate schools to create safe and protective spaces and provide psycho-social support that will benefit 40,000 children and 5,000 teachers.
“We need to remind children in Gaza who are battling their own inner fears and insecurities that they are children and they are not alone”, said Mr. Youssouf.
He added, “we hope that the letters from children in Malaysia will reinforce these messages and help Gaza’s children live through this cycle of their life in a positive way.”
Customers are welcomed to contact Pos Malaysia’s Customer Service Centre through PosLine at 1-300-300-300 (except on the 1st Saturday of the month and on Public Holidays) or visit its website at www.pos.com.my or the nearest post office should they have any enquiries or feedback.
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