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Bringing Joy and Cheer to Children for the Sultan of Selangor’s Birthday

In celebration with HRH the Sultan of Selangor’s birthday, BeCause was requested by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation to invite orphans, underprivileged and abandoned children to the TrickStars – Masters of Trickery show held at Sunway Lagoon on Thursday, 10th Dec 2015

BeCause members had connected and helped with a few children’s homes in the past years and were happy that the following responded positively to our invitation:

The invitees totaled 243 pax.

Buses and vans were chartered by Sunway to transport the children and caretakers to and from their homes. BeCause members were on hand to render assistance to ensure the children were ushered to the show arena at the Sunway Lagoon on time and safely.

Needless to say, for many of the children this was the first time they were given VIP treatment. Sunway CSR staff were also on hand to distribute gifts and other goodies to the children to add to their enjoyment for the evening.

The faces and enthusiasm of the children and caretakers said it all.

BeCause volunteers slept with a smile when they received SMS thumbs up and smileys from all the 4 homes after the show and the party ended around 9.30pm and duly transported safely back to their centres/ homes.

This event capped our Society’s activities for the year 2015. The Committee looks forward to creating more causes to make a difference in the year 2016.


Bodhi Homecare Cheras


Yayasan Chow Kit



Klang Utama Caring Home



Rumah Safiyyah

BeCause Charity Treasure Hunt 2015 – a roaring success!

“Why did you choose 16th Sept to have the BeCause Charity Treasure Hunt?”

That was a question many asked us before and on that day. The straightforward reply was easy because it coincided with Malaysia Day, a public holiday. A day which all Malaysians celebrate. What better way to do that than by taking part in a charity event with the theme: “Hunt with Fun & Purpose”!

Of course we did not foresee the haze and that there were other parties targeting to do other things that day. Fortunately, 85% of the Charity Treasure Hunt participants braved the haze (many wore masks) and were not perturbed by another incident that was unfolding around the same time. There were some concern and anxiety from our committee. Thoughts of cancelling the Charity Treasure Hunt did pop up briefly but the thought of seeing the event through no matter what was firmer.

A total of 129 teams – totalling 500 plus participants from all walks of life and denominations – turned up at Sunway Pyramid Mall, the venue of the Charity Hunt. According to the principal of Malaysia Hunt Club, this was a record turnout for a Mall Hunt, an unequivocal success!





With great enthusiasm and high spirits running through everyone present, our Organizing Chairman, Dato CN Chan sounded the horn to signal the start of the hunt at exactly 10am. All Hunters set their heels to find their treasure!




The Hunters returned at the end of the 3 hours time limit to submit their answers. Their determination to win showed as no one was disqualified for late submission or committed any breach of the Hunt’s rules.

A drum performance by the children from Bodhi Homecare Cheras kept the boisterous crowd entertained whilst the Hunt organisers checked the participants’ answers and tabulated the scores.

So that was the Fun part.

The meaningful part, the real purpose for BeCause to organize this event was to raise funds for two charities – Bodhi Homecare Cheras and Kajang Caring Home. After Organizing Chairman Dato CN Chan gave thanks to everyone involved especially the participants, BeCause president Mr.V.C.Ngeow on behalf of the BeCause presented mock cheques to the two beneficiaries. Each charity received RM23,000 which represent the full proceeds from the Charity Hunt’s registration fee collections.



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More fun followed… Time for lucky draws! Due to overwhelming support from sponsors and friends, a total of 20 gift parcels, ranging from Coach bags to holiday vacations were given out.

This was followed by the presentation of the cash prizes to the three teams who submitted the best scores. Another 7 consolation prizes were also given out in ascending order.

What about those who did not submit enough correct answers to qualify for prizes but had stayed the whole day from 8am to 3pm to keep the event alive? There were no losers on that day. Everyone who registered, were given goodies bags stuffed with quality gifts, even for those who did not turn up.

To quote a smiling lucky draw winner on that day, “It was like Christmas came early!”

Do check out our Facebook page or search for the hashtag#becausecharityhunt2015 for more photos and videos of the event!

2015 BeCause Charity Hunt!

The name BeCause is derived from two words “Be” and “Cause”. They represent the heart message our Society wishes to spread : Be the cause to make a difference in the lives of those who are in need and underprivileged.

Our philosophy is that one can always help in his/her own capacity – be it money, gifts , effort or time. In this way , charity work can be transformed into enriching joyful experiences rather than something we do as an obligation. This, we believe, will help promote the spirit of collective responsibility so that everyone can take part.

BeCause principally supports and promotes worthy causes and NGOs who are in the same help category. Hence, there are no barriers for us when it comes to helping those in need.

On 16th September 2015, BeCause will be organizing a Charity Hunt at Sunway Pyramid to raise funds for two worthy causes:

1.Bodhi Homecare, Cheras

Building new accommodation quarters for the 30 odd orphans and abandoned children. Their living quarters were burnt down by intruders in 2014.

2. Rumah Caring Kajang

Building a new Home on a piece of land which the Home had been offered at a discounted price after eviction notice was served on them to leave by end of 2015 by the local authority.

The theme of this event is ‘Hunt with fun and purpose’.

100 % of the proceeds from the participation fees collection will be given to the two charities in equal share. We want every cent of public’s money to go to the named Charities.

To register your team online and for more information on the Hunt, please click on the poster below:


Alternatively, you may download the registration form and details of the Hunt here.

Feel free to message us on our Facebook page if you need further information. We’ll also be posting updates on the Hunt there!

We need your participationLets hunt for a good purpose!

‘Together we can make a Difference ’

NASAM 2015 Food & Fun Fair

This year’s NASAM 2015 Food & Fun Fair on 14th June started off on a rainy morning. Despite some delay in the setting up of the stalls due to the wet conditions and soggy ground, the crowd started coming in as early as 8am.

BeCause members/volunteers were busy at their stalls which also included the portable Petting Zoo (courtesy of Sunway Lagoon).

This year, as a regular activity, BeCause sponsored about 20 orphans and neglected kids from Bodhi Homecare, Cheras to have a fun day at the Fair. The boisterous group attracted a lot of attention and in particular the Lions Club (K.L.) who had set up a food stall and invited the orphans over to have free meals and a group photo taken. Hopefully this encounter will result in a better tomorrow and future for the orphanage.

Because members truly showed the right attitude in engaging in charity work and volunteerism with their spirited and joyful effort. We shall let the photos here speak for themselves!



Wefie time with Lions Club members



Thank you to Sunway Lagoon for sponsoring the Petting Zoo!


BeCause member laying cardboard on the muddy ground for the public’s ease of walking


Big thank you to the wonderful BecCause volunteers!

Helping, learning, and painting at Kajang Caring Home

Fourteen Help Institute college students wrote to BeCause to help them to fulfil their Study Skills volunteerism assignment.

BeCause was happy to work out an appropriate program of activities for them so that they have a deeper feel for charity work .

The program started on 13th June, with a briefing at BeCause centre to introduce our organization and its objectives. One of our objectives is to empower youths to contribute more to Society and to remove the wrong notion that charity is only about money and belonged to the domain of rich and famous adults.

Kajang Caring Home’s caretaker Wendy Yap had earlier been looking for help to repaint the Home’s two houses.

This opportunity seemed timely and the job was suitable for the Help students as it is working indoor. Our President and wife kindly sponsored all the paint, painting tools and materials needed for the job.

On Saturday, 20th June, the painting effort started at 10am with some invaluable help from an elder from the Home who gave some tips to the students on how to do a professional painting job.

The students put in 5 hrs of solid work! Actually the painting part was easy. The preparation to move, cover and protect the furnitures, beds etc and getting the students to learn quickly how to mix paint and acquire basic painting technique was the challenging part.

The students worked diligently and completed the job ahead of schedule before 3pm. After cleaning up everything and making sure the beds and other furniture were back in their original places, the caretaker only had praises for them. We could see happy faces amongst the Home’s inmates.

What a wonderful and meaningful way for youths to spend a Saturday in this way!


Getting practical painting tips


Helpful youths with kind hearts





Rumah Caring Kajang residents having a relaxing afternoon



Useful life skills learned while helping others!


BeCause President getting his hands dirty!


How you can help Bodhi Homecare Cheras

We visited Bodhi Homecare Cheras in March 2015, this is a follow-up post to provide the public with more information on this Buddhist monk’s legacy.

Bodhi Homecare Cheras is a registered home, set up in 1989 to house and take care of handicapped and abandoned children (presently aged 8 onwards) as well as needy and some disabled old folks forsaken by their families. In total there are about 40 inmates.

Although this home has its beginnings as a temple founded by a Chinese monk from China, it is now run by full-time lay members. The committee is a small group comprising of :- 
1) Mr Jims Shee – Chairman 
2) Ms Ng Ching Yuet – Treasurer 
3) Ms Chua Ching Le – Secretary

The committee members stay in the homecare to give the inmates their fullest attention and care. 

This humble homecare is situated on state land. Sometime back, the living quarters caught fire and were destroyed. This unlucky incident was followed by the Government reclaiming land to build a highway. As such, there is no space to rebuild proper living quarters at this point in time. 

Some members of BeCause have made several visits to observe the inmates, caregivers and the overall environment. There are no frills and wasteful spending. Indeed, the home is run on very frugal guidelines. For the daily meals, vegetables are sometimes donated to the home after the market in the vicinity closes. Some meat is bought and the abled inmates help the caregivers to cook wholesome meals. We see healthy and happy children and old folks who are well cared for. 

As the Bodhi Homecare is an NGO, the committee runs a small recycling station of donated items like clothes, plastic ware, newspapers etc for sale. This contributes to about 50% of their expenses which include living, medicare and schooling expenses for the inmates. Otherwise, they thrive on the occasional donations from the public. 

Despite this, Bodhi Homecare provides free medical services and traditional herbal medicine to the needy public as they have a TCM doctor who comes on Sundays to donate his service. In addition, they give out bags of rice and food stuffs donated to them by the public to the more needy who comes a calling. Bodhi Homecare also maintains a station for about 50 abandoned and sick dogs left at their doorstep. The centre also provides free tuition and a kindergarten for poor children from the public. 

Bodhi Homecare has an urgent need to accomplish their list of priorities:-

1) The members are presently accumulating funds to erect a stupa to house the statue of Kuan Yin who is seated in the main temple hall. They will then convert the hall to be sleeping quarters where all the inmates sleep on mattresses on the floor. 

2) A wall and front gate are currently being built to encompass the centre. This will serve to protect the inmates from intruders and also to prevent flooding of the centre. Incidentally the centre is located below the road and water with garbage from the nearby market are always flowing into the premise. 

3) The building of fish pond is in progress for the release of lives (in this case, fishes). A pond for releasing tortoise is already in existence. 

4) The centre hopes to relocate 2 Tenaga posts to make more space to build the stupa and provide parking area for visitors.

5) The centre also aspires to relocate the huge dustbins of the wet market located nearby as the stench and flies are unhealthy for the inmates. 

6) The centre has finally completed building a proper kitchen. 

BeCause believes this home is deserving of our aid as we can see the sincerity and earnestness of the caregivers to love and care for these unfortunate inmates. We are blessed to be able to provide assistance for them.

To this end, BeCause is in the midst of organising something fun and challenging in September 2015 to help Bodhi Homecare. Stay tuned for more details!

Rumah Caring Kajang Needs Your Help!

We first visited Rumah Caring Kajang in January 2012, and had kept in touch with Wendy Yap the caretaker since then. We were made aware during that visit that the neighbours staying nearby were not happy with the operations of Rumah Caring Kajang, which caused difficulties in renewing their MBKJ license. It seems that things have come to a head, as we received recent news that Rumah Caring Kajang is now facing problems associated with having to relocate to another place.

BeCause Secretary Patrick Chan, his wife Viviene and new member Julia together with her group of charity minded friends visited the home on 10 May 2015 to bring the good news to Wendy. The group also brought food and other items needed by the Home. One of the group members who had healing skills also gave free massage to the old folks who thoroughly appreciated the pain relief session.

Wendy updated the group on the current status of their plight. A kindhearted soul had offered a piece of land in Sg Tangkas, Bangi at a discounted price, but the land and the building costs would still come up to about RM1.5 million. Application had been made to Majlis Perbandaran Kajang sometime ago to convert the land to “kebajikan” status, but it is still pending to-date.

The home had been served eviction notices by the local council since 4 years ago. After numerous appeals,the final notice was to move out by end of this year. This posed a real concern for Wendy as she does not have the financial resources nor capacity to have the buildings up without help of sponsors and public donation. She added that she can close the Home but no one could provide an answer as to how to look after the Home’s 50 residents.

Visitors to Caring Home will notice that the home is well kept and clean with lots of flowers and fruits in the garden to make the surroundings pleasant.

All the old folks seemed contented and happy there. Wendy keeps them active and feeling useful by arranging motivational talks and giving them simple household assignments to do so that they stay mentally healthy and feel a sense of belonging within a large family. It is very inspirational to know that she managed to achieve this despite also being involved in helping about 100 single mothers and their children by providing education and whatever resources she had in hand at the Home.

BeCause hope that kind hearted folks would join hands to help Wendy to build Caring Home a new building so that she can continue the good work she is doing to benefit many more who need such care and a home.

To this end, BeCause will be organizing something exciting September 2015 to help Rumah Caring Kajang. Stay tuned for more details!






Together we can make a difference!

Bodhi Homecare Cheras – A humble monk’s legacy

On Sunday 22nd March, 5 Because members visited the Bodhi Homecare Cheras for abandoned and underprivileged children. We were met by Ms Ng Ching Yuet. After a quick show around the place , we sat down in the kitchen area to hear Mr. Jim, one of the 7 temple committee member share with us the temple’s history going back to 1999 and how it had now turned into a local community care centre despite their struggles.

The temple was founded by a Chinese monk from China. Shortly after obtaining registration as a legal society, the monk passed away. There were no successors. A 7 lay member committee (all working fulltime) took over to look after the place. Due to its pleasant surroundings and the presence of a large statue of Quan Yin, the locals would come to the temple to seek blessings. Some despondents who gave up on their sick or problematic children would leave them at the temple gates. The temple was located in a low income group area in Cheras.

According to Jim, even though the committee had no special experience in handling the sick children (including children with down syndrome), most of them improved after staying in the temple. Words spread. To date there are about 20 children with ages ranging from 2 – 21 years being taken care of at Bodhi Homecare Cheras.

Jim lamented that at one stage the authorities wanted to evict them, as the building was on State land and in the path of a new highway to be built. They refused to leave. Shortly afterwards, a part of the temple which was the living quarters caught fire and was destroyed. Eventually, the highway was built through the temple land (exactly where the quarters used to be). Thankfully there were no more incidents nor demands to evict after that.

This created an urgent need to make space within the existing premise to provide for extra accommodation. We observed that almost every available space in the temple had been utilized to provide basic facilities to run the community services which include free medicare, welcare, educare and homecare. These services were administered by volunteers and professionals with expertise.

All in all it was a very meaningful and inspiring visit . This centre certainly will be taken into consideration when Because Committee meet to come up with a list of worthy causes to be beneficiaries of our upcoming Charity Hunt Fund raising in August this year.





A Visit to Kerdau Orang Asli Settlement

During the Chinese New year our VP Mr Kevin Tan, together with staff of his company, the Sunway group, distributed goodies and angpows to Kerdau folks under their CSR program. He noted that the nearby orang asli community were underprivileged and asked whether Because could look into improving their lives especially when they had been badly hit by the recent flood. Because members decided to visit the village on 7 th March.

Thanks to prior arrangements made by our VP, the Chairman of the Kerdau School PTA Mr. Ang was on hand to brief us on the Orang Asli’s situation. After a simple lunch he kindly took us into the village which was a few kilometres through a palm oil plantation.

The headman of the Orang Asli and a few other members of their community took us to one of their long houses where we all sat down on the floor to listen to him talk.

It was heartening to hear they were coping quite well on their own with all the basic necessities taken care of. They had no immediate needs. The headman asked if we could provide them with a motorized sampan as they did not have one during the recent flooding of the area. After the discussion, we were taken to a building used as kindergarten. They needed to extend it to provide a dining place for the kids. Adjacent to the kindergarten was a brick house meant for the resident teacher. It had some cracks in the walls and was abandoned. One of the Orang Asli representatives asked if that could be repaired or needed to be rebuilt. Our President, a Civil Engineer immediately did a cursory check of the single storey building. There was no immediate danger of the house collapsing as the cracks were due to uneven ground settlement. Our President adviced the headman that if the cracks did not open up further indicating ground movement had stabilized, the cracks could be patched up with high strength mortar. Stiffeners could be erected to strength those walls which had slanted slightly. Members also noted that the few playground equipments near the kindergarten was in state of disrepair and rusted through.

The visit ended around 3pm.

*Because committee will be meeting end of March to decide whether to include this cause into our list of beneficiaries for the proposed Charity Hunt fund raising planned for August 2015.



Chatting with the Headman in the long house


The rusty playground – aftermath of the floods


Small kindergarten


Ending the year with New Hope Rumah Safiyyah and Lumi Air

29th of November 2014 marked the last charity event for BeCause. Our committee capped the year by organizing a trip for 36 orphans and abandoned children to watch a stage performance ‘Lumi Air’ at Sunway Lagoon & Resort. The children were all from New Hope Rumah Safiyyah. To ensure it was a fun filled outing for them, goodie bags and meals were also provided for them.

Earlier in the week, BeCause members led by committee member David Loh visited Rumah Safiyyah at Klang to deliver the gifts of stationary sets, snacks, note pads and pens. The centre’s caretakers who will be taking charge of the orphans on the day of the outing also received gifts. The children and caretakers expressed their excitement and were looking forward to the event because they had never been treated to live shows or musicals before.

During the visit, members took the opportunity to interact with the kids. Puan Mia, the founder of Rumah Safiyyah, secretary Cik Siti Khawia and social services executive Cik Nurazah were also on hand to give us a briefing on the home’s activities and operations.

On the day of the Lumi Air show, to ensure safety and ease of coordinating the group, BeCause chartered a bus to transport the children and caretakers to and from Sunway Lagoon rather than getting friends to fetch them in their cars.

The children from the home were well behaved and everything went as planned. At 7pm sharp with the help of our Vice President, Mr. Kevin Tan, the kids were taken to the Sunway Lagoon Amphitheater in an orderly fashion.

During the show’s intermission, hotdogs and drinks were served to the kids by the most helpful staff of Sunway Lagoon.

When the show ended at 10.00pm,  the children and supervisors all left with filled stomachs and happy faces. What made the day for BeCause members was when some kids asked when will we take them to shows like this again!

The outing went without a glitch and enjoyed by all. Our sincere thanks to the Sunway Group for their kind generosity to support our cause .

What a meaningful event to cap the year before we usher in the new year.

Because will endeavour to fill 2015 with even more charitable events in our joyful efforts to make a difference in the lives of needy folks!



Enjoying some snacks during intermission


Wefie time!


(From left) Committee members and Vice President; David Loh, Bonita, and Kevin Tan

Walk for Health with NASAM

BeCause team comprising members, friends, as well as staff from Holiday Travel & Tours Sports Club make up a group of about 50, participated in the Nasam Walk for Health on 19th October 2014. At Lake Titiwangsa. This event by Nasam was to create awareness amongst participants about stroke, the most common causes and the avenue available for rehabilitation.

As it was a Sunday, many individuals, teams, strokees, family members, helpers and assistants turned up for the walk. After registration, the walk was flagged off about 7.45am by Janet Yeo, the founder of Nasam. Though some strokees were in wheel chairs, it was heartening to see some other strokees putting every effort to walk on their own to complete their round. The outing went smoothly as the weather was good and the walk was at an easy pace. The full walk was  3 rounds around the lake in Taman Titiwangsa. Most participants were able to complete the rounds. The walk ended at about 9.30am. Participants were treated to free Milo drinks and cereals at the Nestle mobile kiosks thanks to kind sponsors. Some had their breakfast of nasi lemak and coffees. Later, prizes were awarded for the best hats competition. The event was a success and most importantly, everyone enjoyed themselves.

A vote of thanks to NASAM for organizing and inviting us. By taking part, Because members and friends are happy to have made a difference in the life of others and especially in the welfare of Stroke patients and their families.

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Visit to Klang Utama Caring Home

Sometime in August this year, one of our Because members informed us that a Home for 41 abandoned children had been burnt down and there was an SOS call.

Our secretary immediately got in touch with the home’s caretakers to find out first hand what help to give. They urgently needed money, foodstuffs such as milk, milo, rice, cooking gas, oil, crockery, cupboards to store dishes, children clothes, computers etc.

Our members spread the news to friends, relatives, colleagues and those whom we thought could provide, especially items which we were unable to procure within our own small Because family.

On 13th September ,when we had the items ready, a group of 7 of us drove to Klang to deliver the goodies. On arrival we were greeted by the Home’s administrator Ms Maha. We received a short briefing by her on what had happened followed by a short walk to the burnt down house which used to be the Home’s boys wing. The fire started due to an electrical fault. Fortunately no one was hurt.

At the time of our visit, most of the children were attending school. Our members distributed some cakes for the smaller kids at the home. We felt good to know, thanks to kind sponsors and kindhearted folks who responded quickly, the short term needs had been taken care of. However there is more we can do to ensure the Home’s long term sustainability and children’s welfare. If all the needies and charities in this world can achieve that, we believe that would be a really great reason to feel good !

Before we left, we assured Ms Maha we will continue to look into ways to make the children happy. We also requested Miss Maha to provide us with proper accounts of the Home’s expenses to make it easier for us to secure funding.





Invitation to Visit the Alzheimer Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM)

On 4th September 2014, BeCause members attended ADFM’s Open Day upon an invitation by President Dato Jeffery Ng. It was a busy day at the day care centre. About 100 guests and sponsors turned up. The centre provides activities and social interaction for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Our members were touched by them as they and their families turned up to take part in the day’s singing event. What is something we take for granted requires monumental effort by those who have lost their memory and power of recall.The centre also have programs conducted by qualified staff aimed at improving memory or to prevent it from worsening.

ADFM is now embarking on a fund raising drive to build a bigger day care centre in old town PJ Section One. The existing centre in Section 22 ,PJ will be converted into a home for those whose families cannot look after them.

Before leaving, BeCause members did their part by donating some money towards ADFM’s new centre plans.



We did it – 240,000 meals by 600 volunteers in 6 hours!

Barely 10 days after the Sunway-sponsored Stop Hunger Now (“SHN”) 40,000 meals packing event, on 28th June, BeCause members joined hands again with SHN, this time along with OCBC and Rotary Club of Georgetown and Pudu to pack 240,000 meals in 6 hours.

While the main event was not short of volunteers, the response was not so good for the preparation works and setting up which had to be done the night before to ensure all was ready by the next morning. Work could only proceed after 10 pm when the shops at Sunway Pyramid had closed. BeCause members responded to the call and 8 members joined with about a dozen other volunteers to work through the night.

After catching a few hours sleep, all woke up early to make it to the main event the following day to ensure its success. Salute to all these volunteers who were there when help was needed most!

The main event was a riot of colors and noise as people from all walks of life came to join the packing lines. All in all about 600 volunteers of all ages including families took part. From the smiles on their faces, one could see it was jolly good fun! Most of our BeCause members became marshals/ supervisors due to having prior experience. One of our committee members had signed up to become a Stop Hunger Now ‘Chef’. Excellent initiative!

Was the event a success? The pictures here say it all!






NASAM Food and Fun Fair 2014 and more to come!

The eagerly awaited day –  National Stroke Association Malaysia’s (NASAM) 17th annual food fair finally arrived on  15th June 2014 held at the playground next to Taman Jaya.

BeCause members came out in full force to man the BeCause food store, provide manpower for other stalls  and also the Sunway sponsored petting zoo. The objective was to raise about RM200,000 for the NASAM branches in PJ and  Ampang as well as for part its annual HQ operation costs .

NASAM’s food fair is quite well known by now – not only for helping to raise funds for a worthy cause – providing subsidized physiotherapy and rehabilitation for stroke patients;  but also for its great variety of stalls and creative ideas /effort put in to make the whole event fun filled , opportunity to grab great bargains and for the family to try out its many food and eating stalls.



Following an earlier visit to NASAM’s main administration centre and understanding some of the problems faced by NASAM’s founder Janet Yeo, BeCause committee had decided that it can do more to support NASAM’s cause especially in the area of public awareness.

To this end, a high profile event to promote NASAM will be organized by BeCause at Sunway Pyramid around Christmas time this to launch NASAM’s Give Up A Meal (GUM) campaign, which is a practical way to ensure the NASAM will receive a steady stream of funds from donors to enable it to run all its centres smoothly.

BeCause, NASAM, and Sunway together will make a difference for strokees to ensure they can continue to rely on NASAM’s charity for their long road to rehabilitation.

40,000 meals for 3 charities – all packed within 3 hours by 260 volunteers

Wednesday 18th June was a day to remember. 10 BeCause members joined hands with Stop Hunger Now (SHN) and 250 Sunway staff to pack meals for 3 charities at Sunway Pyramid. The event was graced by Sunway Group’s Deputy Chairman Tan Sri Dato Razman M Hashim and Puan Sri Susan Cheah, amongst other VIPs.

It all started when President of SHN Mr Tiki Keh approached our VP Mr Kevin Tan (who happens to be the COO of Sunway Pyramid) to request for a space in the shopping mall to do a sponsored meal packing event for 200,000 meals. After several meetings, not only was the space secured, but the Sunway CSR Head took an interest and managed to convince the Sunway group to take part in a similar event by sponsoring 40,000 meals which will go to Myanmar Refugees Students Camp, Alliance of Chin Refugees and Reach Out Malaysia.

BeCause is very happy to be instrumental in making the events happen. By doing so, it can added another milestone in its objectives of bringing together the needy and those who can help through the resources and contacts of its members.

Besides participating in the actual 3-hour meal packing, BeCause members  also learnt hands-on how to set up the packing lines and the logistics involved in staging such an event . Some members have indicated their wish to become certified SHN “Chefs” to help and support SHN’s endeavour to stop global hunger within our lifetime – a noble objective shared by BeCause.

Yes, together we can make a difference !








Visit to NASAM

The new committee members of BeCause did not sit on their laurels after being elected at the society’s recent AGM. Among the many initiatives being planned for 2014, the first was a visit to the National Stroke Association of Malaysia (NASAM) on 27th May 2014.

Every visit by BeCause members to a charity is not an ordinary visit to just offer some gifts, to exchange niceties or to fulfil an obligation.  In line with BeCause’s objectives, a visit would have a 2-fold purpose:

Firstly, each visit is a personal education for its members to see first hand how the society is run, how well the inmates/ patients/ residents are treated, and what are the challenges and problems faced by the wonderful people behind the organization;

Secondly, after the visit, BeCause members will share their individual experiences of the visit and discuss what impacted them most. After that, members will brainstorm in which area BeCause can help to support the organization, both in the short and long term.

Once some ideas are decided, BeCause will send representatives to discuss with the charity and seek their approval of the idea and work together to implement it.

Datin Connie Chan, one of our BeCause members, commented, “The visit to NASAM was indeed a wonderful eye opener. The volunteers, the staff and of course the founder, Ms Janet Yeo are so enthusiastic and passionate to help the stroke survivors. This NGO is remarkably well run and one can’t help but be absorbed in its generous spirit of helping and giving. The smiles and joy on the faces of the strokees are indeed so gratifying!”

BeCause hopes that more members will benefit from such visits and stir in themselves the joyous spirit of sharing and giving to worthy and needy causes.


BeCause members posing with Janet Yeo, Founder and Chairman of NASAM

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Building Meaningful Relationships Through Authentic Communication

What makes for a meaningful relationship? On 27 April 2013 Saturday, about a dozen folks took time off from the election heat to look for some answers to this question.

The speaker for the day, Ms Chua Boon Ling from Clove & Clive, gave a clear and concise explanation despite the complexity of such a topic. She pointed out that more often than not, when we are dealing with a situation , or interacting with someone, one tends to get caught up with one’s own emotions and others’, which lead us to display negative attitudes and actions. A main cause stems from our preconceptions and expectations of how and what others should be. This distracts us from the main objective of a meaningful relationship, which is to fulfil a need. Boon Ling emphasized that in any engagement, one should focus on one’s needs as well as other’s. When that is in place, a fulfilling relationship will usually develop which will benefit both or all parties.

Boon ling managed to squeeze some time out for the attendees to pair up to engage in role play where one party wears the hat of the jackal , while the other the hat of a giraffe. The jackal being the ‘ bad’ guy while the giraffe is above self centred concerns. Everyone got a hands on experience of how our feelings and thoughts influence us to be less genuine than our real self.

After the talk ended, everyone showed their appreciation by having a group photo taken with Boon Ling. Because committee members felt the talk is well presented and plan to invite Boon Ling to share again in near future so that more will benefit from it.


An interactive approach to a complex topic


The Giraffe and The Jackal – who do you want to be?

Boon Ling Talk Group Photo

Group photo with Boon Ling and her helpful team, our eager beaver attendees and Because members 

What are our emotions for?

At the beginning, the talk may not have been as fast paced as one might have imagined it should be, but it soon became apparent that it needed to be so as the topic was about one’s mind and functions – not exactly simple topics even at its most basic level. This realization came very quickly as Lina stumped the audience with the question...

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Special Skills Training Program for Single Mothers – completed!

Our Special Skills Training Program for Single Mothers has officially concluded after five intensive weekends of training and learning throughout March 2013!

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Special Skills Training Program for Single Mothers

Hi all! We know we've been a little quiet lately but we've been busy putting together the right ingredients to make our latest program: training single mothers with the knowledge and skills to become confinement ladies!

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Mother Nurture

Which wife and mother would take on the responsibility of caring for another 33 children with her own family obligations to see to? Moreover, these children have no relation to her, come from broken families, difficult backgrounds, most from single-parent families and will either return to their families or find their way in life, once they turn 18 and complete their basic primary and secondary education.

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Feedback from a volunteer

Following up from our Listen, Think and Do Workshop #1, one of our participants, Sanali, who is a dedicated and passionate teacher hailing all the way from Sri Lanka (she is currently focused on integrating children with autism into standard school system in Malaysia) offered to help Hilla come up with a lesson plan development system. Here is what she wrote to us after a day with Hilla...

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Bringers of Hope

Have you ever imagined the life of a refugee? First, you’ll need to try best to comprehend how bad a situation must have been for one to leave his home and country, to give up everything and uproot with no guarantee of a future. One must either be very courageous and daring or put into a corner with no way out but to charge forwards in faith. Then on arriving a foreign land, only to be labeled a ‘refugee’ and usually treated accordingly, without the warm welcome, most times kept in fenced-up camps, sometimes in the most appalling conditions, simply waiting without knowing for how long. Life is only full of choices for some.

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What do the folks at Rumah Caring Kajang want…

On Sunday 15th January 2012, the BECAUSE team of about 15 people joined forces with the Sunway Pyramid CNY Some Of uS (SOS) group to help bring some festive cheer to the Rumah Caring Kajang.

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What is the best gift for the residents of Lovely Nursing Centre?

It was BECAUSE’s first time visiting the Centre whilst SIPJ had been kindly organizing such visits to the Centre every year. This time, Kechara Oasis had sponsored the tasty vegetarian dinner while SIPJ sang some Christmas carols, complete with a Malaysian Santa Clause!

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A day at the Hilla Community Centre

Because made its first visit to Hilla Community Centre, an Afghan refugee centre, on 29 October 2011. Our team brought along toys, board games, food, clothes and books for the children who go there to study.

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Assisi Palliative Care Appeal

In early February 2016, BeCause received a request to help with a fund raising effort by Assisi Palliative Care (“ASPAC”), a hospice NGO headed by Dr. Patricia Por.

In April, BeCause Committee members decided this is a worthy cause to support. A meeting was set up with ASPAC key board members, Drs Patricia Por and Violet How to discuss and work out the following areas which we can contribute in relation to a fund raising dinner at Yuk Chai School, Taman Megah on 24th September 2016:

  1. To provide volunteers/manpower during the fund raising dinner
  2. To help with administering and keeping records of funds received
  3. To source for entertainers and performers for the evening
  4. To look for videographers and photographers
  5. To help look for dinner table sponsors at RM3,000, RM5,000, and RM10,000 per table.
  6. To help create and promote awareness of ASPAC’s cause

As of to-date, about RM300,000 has been raised, mostly via dinner tables sales. The targeted amount to be raised to fund ASPAC’s activities is RM500k.

BeCause humbly appeal to all to support ASPAC’s cause so that it can continue its free hospice services to many more and their families who needed such help in their most difficult time but who cannot afford such professional services.

Click for ASPAC’s Public Appeal Letter.

Bodhi Homecare Cheras Stupa Project

In June 2016, BeCause members were invited to attend a Guan Yin holy day at Bodhi Homecare Cheras (“Bodhi Home”). Besides the usual making of offerings and seeking of blessings by devotees, friends and supporters of the centre, Bodhi Home also distributed ang pows to the less fortunate and needy who form the majority in the neighbourhood of Kampung Ikan Mas.

For BeCause, the event also marked the culmination of the Stupa project which the Society and its members had a major hand in seeing to its completion. The project started sometime in December 2015 and completed in 3 months, allowing for the Chinese New Year break.

The Stupa project was part of Bodhihome’s on going plans to provide much needed accommodation space to replace their living quarters which were burnt down some years back by vandals. Now, the holy items and Buddha images which took up space in Bodhi Home’s main prayer hall can be relocated within the Stupa which is built outside the main building. This frees up space for multi-purpose use in the day and as living quarters at night. There were also two TNB high tension pillars in front of the centre which had been obstacles to cars going in and out of the home and also access to the Stupa. Fortunately, a BeCause member succeeded in getting TNB to shift the posts finally early this year.

Bodhi Home had raised about RM30,000 for the project when it was first mooted in 2013. However, the project could not proceed as engineers/contractors had quoted figures as high as RM1.0 million. This was attributed to the fact that the Stupa location was next to a big storm drain. Costly retaining walls, sand filling and piled foundations needed to be done before the structure can be built.

Undaunted, a BeCause member who is a Civil Engineer did a thorough study of the project and concluded that most of the comments/advice by other parties were mostly assumptions and superficial. Another senior engineer’s in depth opinion was sought to ensure the right decision and design were made.

The shape and structure of the Stupa requested by Bodhi Home followed a complex design given to them by a Thai monk.

Thanks to innovative ideas contributed by a friendly steel contractor, a much lighter and economical structure could be built.

Many thanks also to the concrete foundation and Stupa support platform contractor who did not charge a cent for his efforts which otherwise would have cost Bodhi Home RM50,000. BeCause members also contributed RM40,000 towards the cost.

The Stupa was completed in March 2016 and handed over to Bodhi Home without them having to spend a cent. Whatever they had raised would be used for exterior decorations and finishing works of the Stupa.

BeCause is happy to have made a difference and rejoice together with Bodhihome caretakers, residents and orphans who had also given their share of sweat and tears during the construction phase of the project.


Guan Yin day celebration. Group photo of Bodhi Home residents and friends

Guan Yin day celebration. Group photo of Bodhi Home residents and friends

Installation of 40 feet high Stupa pyramid steel structure

Installation of 40 feet high Stupa pyramid steel structure

Construction work on Stupa foundation - joint effort by elder children of Bodhi Home

Construction work on Stupa foundation – joint effort by elder children of Bodhi Home

Columns of concrete Stupa platform going up

Columns of concrete Stupa platform going up

Completed Stupa in lights

Completed Stupa in lights