KUALA LUMPUR: The Migrant Ministry of Good Shepherd Church (GSC), Setapak recently had a breakfast cum jumble sale to raise funds for the Myanmarese Migrant Community Centre at Setapak and Bukit Bintang. A total of RM5,744 was raised through both activities. The funds raised will go towards procuring tables and chairs as well as printing of text books.
This is part of the ministry’s semi-annual fund raising campaign to ensure stability and continuity of their ongoing efforts to assist these migrants throughout the year. On the morning of June 30, parishioners and well wishers thronged the grounds of GSC to scout for good items at rock bottom prices. Savvy bargain hunters took this opportunity to grab the items that were donated by locals and expats alike ranging from a Laura Ashley salad bowl to Starbucks coffee-maker to a bicycle, baby cot, books, clothes, household items, DVDs and toys. These items ranged from RM0.20 to RM29.90.
The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, also participated by selling Afghan Bread and Burmese Belachuang. Other items that were on sale included Myanmarese sambal which was specially prepared by the Myanmarese community of Setapak. This activity brought all the Migrant Ministry members together and even encouraged other parishioners to volunteer happily for a good cause.
All surplus clothes will be sent to a local orphanage, the migrant community in Loke Yew and Pudu and to the Orang Asli community under the purview of the GSC OA Ministry. Fr VA Michael expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all members of the Migrant Ministry and the parishioners of GSC who contributed in many ways towards the success of this fund raising event. He reminded all to “get their hands dirty” in reaching out to the needs of fellow members of Christ’s Body, which includes the wounded, the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the humiliated, the slaves, the prisoners and the hospitalised.