Charity Drive by Expat Mingle


With the motive of continuing their mingle activities with a charitable cause at heart, a diverse group of expats and Malaysians brainstormed and came together to make a difference by giving back to the community.

“Families in poverty are denied a fair start in life. They experience poor health, struggle to access education, and are much more likely to be involved in crimes. By fighting against poverty, we can give innocent children a brighter future,” said the organiser, Poonam Singh.
In their December charitable mingle event, the group joined hands with Kechara Soup Kitchen under Merlin Hoo (KSK Head of Johor Bahru) and Johor Women’s League (JEWEL) under President Liza Alip to work together on various charitable projects for 2019.

The night of glitz and glam saw The Expat Charity Mingle 2018 raise RM21,000 from donations and ticket sales.

“In 2019, we expand our scope and work with Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) and JEWEL to identify people in need. Our aim is to help underprivileged families,” added Poonam.

“As for our immediate family beneficiary, we are proud to announce that with the help of KSK we were able to buy back to school necessities and groceries for December. On top of that, from the support from JEWEL, 4 of the children will start schooling from January 2019. The school bus fee will be paid for as well,” said Poonam.

“We are very happy for the selected family. It is just a scratch on the surface, but a march of a thousand miles begins with a single step. We look forward to the journey ahead hand in hand with your support,” she added.

The event will not be successful without the help of generous sponsors and key people.

The Expat Charity Mingle 2018 would like to thank DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru and General Manager Daniel Alcaraz for hosting the event, Sharul and team for all the hard work of the venue preparation, their charity committee members, who have worked day and night to put everything in place; Poonam Singh, Dak Patel, Khristine Bonita, Josh de Silva, Natalie Ziegler, Stella Laura Conceiro, Brenda Nonis-Desker, and Dewi Pritchard.

Also in the list of thanks include, DJ Kevin David Hayes, official photographer Ahmad Jabar Jaffar, Jane Teo and her team of NIA Beauty Academy, Asia Plantation Capital Malaysia; Steven Watts, Sea Gypsy Village Resort Pulau Sibu; Linda Wills, Minang Cove Resort Tioman; Tony Lamond, Fraser Place Puteri Harbour Hotel; Rob Tan (DOSM), Gagan Singh of Renaissance Hotel Johor Bahru, Rayan Komatt of Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut, Urban Escape Day Spa & Beauty Lounge; Claire Hcb, White Frangipani Portraits; Natalie Ziegler Photography, La Bonita Viajera; Khristine Bonita, George & Dragon Café; Patricia Chew, Sirocco Sky Bar & Restaurant; Guy Reavley, The Spice Kitchen; Bala Vignesh, VBurg Boulangerie Café; Tan Chee Yuen and Tan Chee Seng, Hans Durst of Sweetwater Mediterranean Restaurant Bar & Grill and Gianni’s Trattoria Italian Restaurant, 7 Grapes Wine & Tapas Restaurant; Shuren Ulaganathan, JB2020; Carol Tai and The Iskandarian Newspaper.

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