We all want to make a difference in our community.
But what separates the DOer and the talker is ACTION.
Some may say that they lack the resources, funds, time and commitment to do something BIG.
But what if you can STILL make a difference with whatever resources that you have?
A few weeks ago, my cousin-in-law @lynahafiz told me that her schoolmates from SMK Projek Seksyen 11 (now known as SMK Seksyen 11) would like to raise funds to benefit her former schoolmate Ezmi Md Jan, ex-captain for the Selangor team. The single father of two is currently suffering from stage 4 cancer.
I was constantly updated on the progress of the event via my cousin and also the school's Facebook group.
By reading the thread, I was amazed by their level of commitment, enthusiasm and togetherness pulling together an event.
They managed to secure a venue (the principal agreed for the event to be hosted on the school's ground), they designed and printed flyers, they agreed on a hashtag (#EzmiCharityDrive) and more importantly, they managed to gather volunteers.
Initially, the event would ncompass a charity car wash, flea market and charity booth. Seeing that the former schoolmates are not married with kids, a corner just for the kids was added.
After all that hard work, the day finally came.
The event was beyond the organizers' expectation with more than 1,000 attendees and a few hundred cars to wash! When asked about the amount of money raised, the committee members said they have received RM8,000 as of 4pm. However, I've been told the number has increased thanks to some generous donors.
[Scroll through the tweets and twitpics here]
Even though the event has ended, you can still make a difference and I know Ezmi need all the help.
If you would like to donate transfer your money to Ezmi's sister banking account: Siti Mariam Md Jan / MBB Account: 1620 7659 4008
I've been told the school's alumni committee would like to set up a foundation to help those in need. At the same time, they're also able to approach the private sector, who may only donate through registered bodies.
My cousin and her friends had only three weeks to organize this event. All efforts put forth, I know this is the beginning of something even bigger. I've learned that if you want to do something - just DO.
Take that ONE step that will eventually open other bigger doors.
[Read my story on Astro Awani's Facebook page here]
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