Food for Hope donates RM 21,750 to aid UNICEF efforts in Myanmar
KUALA LUMPUR, 16 June 2008 – “Food for Hope”, a culinary experience with a difference, recently raised RM 87,000 for disaster relief efforts in China and Myanmar. Part of the funds RM 21,750 was donated to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for its work in cyclone-ravaged Myanmar.
Organised by three restaurants in Bangsar, namely Cava Restaurant, U Restaurant and Opus Bistro, the special event held in late May allowed diners the rare chance of dining in all three outlets in one night for a minimum donation of RM 100.
Funds were also raised through an auction which witnessed a lively bidding war on vintage wines, hotel stays, and the opportunity to bid for members of the crowd to perform a song on karaoke! Eight-year old Tasha charmed her audience and achieved the highest bid close to RM 1,000 for one performance.
Spirit of generosity
According to Maxim Image Sdn. Bhd Director Mr. Edward Soo more than 600 people turned up in support of the event.
“We want to thank everyone who came forward to help. We are extremely touched and amazed at the response. What was more important on top of the funds collected was the spirit of humanity and community goodwill felt,” shared Mr Soo whose company manages two of the restaurants.
Amongst the diners for the evening was Malaysian plastic surgeon Dr. Georges Varughese who had just returned from Yangon where he and two Swedish counterparts helped educate young Myanmar doctors on providing medical aid in emergency situations.
Putting the donation to good use
UNICEF Malaysia Representative, Mr Youssouf Oomar welcomed the donation expressing his appreciation for the generosity of all donors who stepped forward to make a difference.
“I am truly heartened and overwhelmed by the strong show of support and generosity of Malaysia’s people for survivors of Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis,” said Mr. Youssouf. “I assure you that your contribution will be put to good use to make a difference in their lives”.
On 2 and 3 May, the unexpected storm swept through one of South East Asia’s poorest nations, tearing down homes, schools and clinics, and destroying livelihoods and families. According to UN estimates, some 2.4 million lives have been affected by the tempest.
With an established presence in Myanmar of more than fifty years and a workforce of 130, UNICEF has been on the ground from day one distributing urgent life saving supplies which have included shelter materials, health kits, water purifying solutions, and oral rehydration salts. Other supplies include materials to repair schools and establish temporary learning spaces and child-friendly centres.
Myanmar Cyclone Crisis 2008