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Tsunami disaster – countries in crisis

Four-year-old Su-Sze raises $8,800 for children in Malaysia

© UNICEF Malaysia/2005/Nadchatram
Kam Su-Sze shows off her postcards, which she sold to raise funds for UNICEF.

By Indra Nadchatram and Amy Ahn

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 8 August 2005 – Four-year-old Kam Su-Sze from Malaysia has done her parents and her country proud by raising more than 33,000 Malaysian ringgits (about $8,800) for UNICEF, through the sale of postcards showcasing her art.

With the help of her mother Kim Tho, Su-Sze transformed ten of her own drawings and stories into 3,000 sets of postcard packs in two designs.  Each pack contained five postcards which were sold at various retail outlets and special events in her country.

Su-Sze’s postcards were a commercial success, and the big-hearted young girl and her parents donated every bit of the profits to UNICEF.

© UNICEF Malaysia/2005/Nadchatram
UNICEF Representative in Malaysia Gaye Phillips congratulates Kam Su-Sze on her initiative and selflessness.

Su-Sze showed her talent and determination at an early age. She started reading by the time she was 2 years and 3 months old, and was an independent reader by 3 years old. She also picked up an interest in drawing. 

The young girl’s desire to help children less fortunate than herself was born following her family’s escape from the tsunami when they were holidaying in Phuket, Thailand last December.

“Su-Sze is truly an amazing and gifted child who puts others before her,” said UNICEF Representative in Malaysia Gaye Phillips during the recent cheque presentation ceremony.  “It does not matter how small you are – you can make a big difference.”

Su-Sze’s contribution will help UNICEF in its programmes for children in Malaysia, working in partnership with the Government and other local and international organizations.  



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