The inaugural student-led Iftar celebration at the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) recently, managed to raise more than RM3,000 in contributions. Held at the UoRM campus in EduCity, the event was attended by around 250 guests including staffs and students from MDIS, Raffles University and Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT).
All the proceeds from the sale of tickets to the event and donations went to the Pusat Jagaan Impian Syimah (PJIS), along with toiletries and household provisions such as rice, oil, canned and packaged foods.
PJIS is a nursing home based in Taman Gembira and Nong Chik, Johor Bahru. They are currently providing care to 25 residents aged 45 to 90 years old, including some who are bedridden.
“I am really happy and thankful that there are still people out there that are willing to help us in providing the best care for the unfortunates,” said Norhasyimah Hamzah, representative of PJIS.
Tony Downes, Provost of UoRM expressed his pleasure with the participations of other universities in the area adding that they are looking forward to more intervarsity events in EduCity.
“This is the first time the students have organised a Buka Puasa event and it is the biggest charity drive run by our students to keep with the spirit of Ramadan which is sharing and giving to the underprivileged,” said Downes.
Also there at the auspicious event were Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) Datuk Ismail Ibrahim and Chief Operating Officer of UoRM, David Savage.