RMHC Malaysia Spreads Joy to Underprivileged Children During Month of Syawal

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Ronald McDonald House Charities Malaysia (RMHC Malaysia), McDonald’s Malaysia's chosen charity, brought joy to underprivileged children and their families through several open house celebrations held throughout the month of Syawal. These events, attended by past and present beneficiaries of RMHC Malaysia, as well as volunteers and the local community, reflect RMHC Malaysia’s ongoing commitment to nurturing and caring for the welfare of underprivileged children.

“Syawal is a time of joyous celebration and building meaningful connections. These open house celebrations provide us with the opportunity to spread joy to the community, especially to underprivileged children, and strengthen our relationships with partners who share our commitment,” said Dato' Azmir bin Jaafar, President of RMHC Malaysia

President of Down Syndrome Association of Malaysia (Persatuan Sindrom Down Malaysia), Hanizan Hussin

The first open house celebration this year was organised in collaboration with Great Eastern General Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad at the Down Syndrome Association Malaysia (PSDM) Kuala Lumpur on 23 April. The event was attended by 35 down syndrome children and their families who are currently undergoing therapy at the Ronald McDonald Sensory Room located at the association’s headquarters. 

Continuing the Aidilfitri celebrations, RMHC Malaysia extended the festive spirit with open house celebrations at the RMH located at Hospital Tunku Azizah (HTA) and RMH Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM (HCTM-UKM) on 27 April and 4 May, respectively. These events welcomed a total of more than 350 attendees, bringing together the RMH community. These houses offer affordable and comfortable accommodation for families of pediatric patients receiving medical treatment at the hospital, providing a "home-away-from-home" for those in need.

Additionally, an open house event for RMHC Malaysia’s Gift of Smile (GOS) program was also held at RMH HCTM-UKM on 28 April, specifically catering to families from the program. This open house brought together past and present beneficiaries, specifically children born with cleft lip and palate who have undergone or are currently undergoing corrective surgeries and treatment.

RMHC Malaysia's commitment to improving the well-being of underprivileged children in Malaysia through its core pillars and programs is made possible by the generosity of Malaysians who donate via digital self-ordering kiosks and coin boxes located at McDonald’s Restaurants nationwide, as well as through corporate donations from partners and companies across the nation.


PASAR BESTIES Bazaar: The Butterfly Project’s Initiative Promoting the First Step to Happiness

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Hey guys! The Butterfly Project is joining forces with brands and partners to promote Mental Health Awareness Month in May, inspiring your first step towards better well-being!

Not many people will understand or recognize the importance of caring for their mental health; some may not even realize they are experiencing mental health issues. Mental health issues can affect anyone, irrespective of age, race, or economic and social status, or whether you live in a rural or urban area. Due to cultural norms and stigma, mental health issues are often ignored and not openly discussed, leading many to avoid seeking help.

Ironically, seeking assistance and knowing that you are not alone is typically the initial step in addressing mental health and enhancing overall well-being. This is precisely why the PASAR BESTIES Bazaar, organized by The Butterfly Project, a community platform, aims to foster conversations, offer a safe platform for addressing mental health, and raise awareness by collaborating with brands and partners. The bazaar is scheduled for 18 and 19 May 2024, from 11 am to 6 pm, at the The School by Jaya One. It will showcase 13 participating brands, offer 6 specially curated workshops that are complimentary to participate, and feature over 30 vendors selling pre-loved and handmade items.

The National Health and Morbidity Survey in 2019 reported that half a million Malaysians were found to be experiencing symptoms of depression; with the highest prevalence found in: Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis, Sabah, and Melaka. The National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) survey in 2022 revealed that one in four adolescents suffered from depression, compared to one in five in 2019.

Not only that, the World Health Organization classified burnout as a clinical syndrome brought on by chronic workplace stress in May 2019, signalling that this may be fully recognized as an occupational and work-related disease.

Taking care of your mental health offers numerous benefits. It helps in building emotional resilience, fostering healthy relationships, enhancing focus and concentration, and achieving goals. It also brings more joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction to daily life, fostering a sense of purpose and meaning. Additionally, prioritizing mental health can reduce the risk of developing disorders like depression and anxiety.
Founder of The Butterfly Project, Tammy Lim

Tammy Lim, the founder of The Butterfly Project, Malaysia’s leading beauty and lifestyle KOL community, believes that her platform and its members can play a pivotal role in raising awareness for mental health. "It’s okay not to be okay. The first step is to step out of your comfort zone and embrace happiness. When you're feeling down, who do you turn to? Your best friend. Don't have one? Make one! This is the theme of our event; you do not have to be alone. This event is not only about fun; it's also an opportunity to destress and practice self-care with a variety of self-care brands on board for this two-day event. It's a place for people to connect, make new friends, or spend time with their besties."

She further emphasized, "It's a win-win situation for both the local community and businesses. Our event also promotes thrifting and reduces waste. The vendors offering pre-loved items are members of our community, empowering them to become entrepreneurs. Additionally, this event spreads happiness through fun, cheerful, and vibrant local brands. I also believe in our community of KOLs to raise awareness and advocate for mental health by lending our voices and reaching out to our followers. I hope you can join us at this bazaar, be happy, and find ways to improve your mental health – most importantly, know that you are not alone in this battle."

Here is what you can expect from the event: 

  1. The Golden Duck Supermart Fest! You can join the snack launch and games to win BIG, bring home exciting prizes!
  2. Mental Health Workshops by Minc. Care and Emotion Pod X Becky Kux
  3. Self-care and Essential Oils 101 Workshops by Roots Malaysia
  4. D.I.Y Friendship Bracelet Workhops by Kerlip KL
  5. How To Use Menstrual Cup Workshop by Breeze For You
  6. Honey Tasting Workshop by Thousand O’Bee 
  7. Destress with 10 minute shoulder massage for RM5 by Pressurini Spa
  8. Complimentary relaxing L'erbolario Hand Massage 
  9. Contests to win Jurlique Treatments Giveaway and Organic Lab's Beauty Bags; and
  10. Interesting self-care booths to visit such as D.I.Y your own flower bouquet by AvantGarde Blooms and make your own inhaler by Roots Malaysia!

The participating brands in this bazaar are The Golden Duck, Fourteen Studio, Roots Malaysia, AvantGarde Blooms, Organic Lab, Sheeness, Minc.Care, Royal Bath & Co, Breeze For You, Kerlip, Kedai Mom, Absolute Yana, imsycraft and Pressurini.

Mark your calendar for 18-19 May and bring your besties to this bazaar, participate in the free workshops, and shop till your heart's content, as we raise awareness on mental health this May. For more information about this bazaar and its programme, participating brands, and details, visit The Butterfly Project’s Instagram at www.instagram.com/butterflyproject.my and www.butterflyproject.my.

You can also register yourself for the free workshops from www.instagram.com/butterflyproject.my!

See you there!