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‘Jom Sahur!’ with IOJ and the homeless

 | June 8, 2016

Student volunteers gather every Wednesday from 1am to 2am to provide food for the less fortunate during Ramadan.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Ramadan was made better for the homeless who can now look forward to food on Wednesdays just before they start their day of fasting.

Institut Onn Jaafar (IOJ), with the help of 44 student volunteers, stood on the streets here past midnight just to ensure that at least once a week, the homeless and less fortunate would not have to worry about food.

Armed with 500 packets of sandwiches and fried rice, the volunteers from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Malacca and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UNIKL), gathered around the vicinity of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman here under the “Jom Sahur!” programme.

“’Jom Sahur!’ is an offshoot of our ‘Jom Bekpes!’ breakfast soup-kitchen campaign,” said IOJ CEO Charles Mohan.

“It is the brainchild of IOJ patron Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is also the defence minister.

“However, the campaign was temporarily altered to better serve the needy during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“It is scheduled to take place from 1am to 2am every Wednesday morning for the duration of the fasting month.”

The programme is held simultaneously at three locations – outside Yayasan Chow Kit’s KL Krash Pad, Jalan Hang Lekiu, and Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s half-way house Pusat Transit Gelandangan in Jalan Pahang.

According to Mohan, the locations were selected because the homeless often gathered at those spots.

He also said the decision about when to distribute the food was made based on feedback from those living on the streets.

“They would rather take the food at 1am and then have their rest, instead of having to gather at 4am,” he said while urging more people to come and volunteer for the programme.

“Those who are interested can check out IOJ’s social media pages and its website to find out more (about ‘Jom Sahur!’).”


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