Sunday, September 5, 2010

Buka Puasa @ RABEKA

With OP Farouk Khalid at the helm, a few of us volunteered to dedicate our upcoming run at the Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM) to the kids at Rumah Amal Belaian Kasih (RABEKA). In doing so, we hope to raise funds for this orphanage.

RABEKA is situated in Ukay Perdana. It has occupies 4 double storey terrace houses, to accommodate around 40-50 kids, aged 3-17.

To date, we've managed to collect over RM1k, of which (for transparency purposes) RM330 was from the Royal 8th's Buka Puasa Gathering and another RM300 from an OP in Johor. With your help, we hope to raise more..
Last Saturday, we had a simple Buka Puasa at RABEKA. We had a generous donor who gave RM1k cover the Iftar. At the children's request the menu was:
** Laksa
** Roti John (man, these kids LOVE roti john!)
** Oranges (the first thing that finished!)
** McD's fries (goes well with roti john, I guess)
** McD's strawberry sundae (the highlight of Iftar!)

Laksa, McD fries and sundae..
We also got cakes (one baked by Farouk's wife @ Puan Afniza, one sponsored by a lady at my office and another by one of the runners). Another runner donated ayam percik. An officemate donated 2 huge bottles of cordial (after hearing, that sometimes, these kids berbuka with air kosong). My boss at the office donated a hamper.. (as a show of gratitude and again, for transparency purposes, I am doing these 'shout-outs' to the donors)
Cakes + Kids = Smiles

Laksa rocks too..

But the star of the evening were the kids, and the highlight for us were their smiling faces.

Some of the kids

While these 2 guys made me smile with their cute antics,
I couldn't help but feel sad, knowing that they are without
parents or born into poverty.

Blessed be the caretakers, who gave dedication and attention
to these kids.
We hope to give you more updates on the Run 4 RABEKA project.. you can find us on FB under Run 4 RABEKA, and if you would like to know more about the RABEKA, please visit:
In attendance: Farouk + Family, Jabir + Family, Bandit + sons, Kam & KOP + Family