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Shopping spree for Rohingya refugee kids

By Choong Boon Siew
June 29, 2015

PETALING JAYA: In the spirit of Ramadan and the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations, the Mydin Wholesale Supermarket in USJ1 played host to Rohingya refugee children who were treated to a shopping spree.

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) Student Community Involvement Unit manager Nik Joanita Nik Hashim said RM32,000 was raised to initiate the shopping spree for the children.

"Noah Foundation chairman Datin Dr. Faridah Abdullah made efforts to raise approximately RM25,000, with the rest coming from private donors," she said today.

The 170 children from Madrasah Hashimi Tafiz Al Quran Anak-anak Yatim were accompanied by student volunteers from UNIRAZAK who took them around the supermarket for their shopping spree.

Each child was given RM200 to spend and were escorted by the student volunteers who helped them select new clothing, toiletries and other necessities.

The head of UNIRAZAK's Student Welfare and Counselling Unit Norbasheera Amir Hamzah said the objective of involving the university's students was to cultivate a sense of responsibility in them.

Ustad Rafi Ismail who heads the madrasah told theSun that he looked after some 200 children, mostly orphans and the hardcore poor.

“We started up in 1996 to address the plight of Rohingya and Myanmar Muslim refugee children living in and around Selayang.

"Aside from being taken care of, the children also receive education in subjects such as Science and Mathematics and Islamic religious education," he said.

Photos: Ahmad Safwan/The Sun Daily

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