As many of you already know, I recently took part in the Spartan Race; an event which consisted of 21km of obstacles, hills, running and mud. Lots of mud. Instead of putting me off sports for life, this race inspired me to take part in more and on Sunday 6th November I will be getting up super early to take part in the 6.45am start of the Viper Challenge. It is not common to raise sponsorship for sporting events here in Malaysia, but something I often did back in the UK. So, to make the pain (both from running and sunburn) more bearable, I would like to use this an opportunity to raise money for organisations which are based here in KL.
Since moving to Malaysia I have started volunteering for two really great organisations. The reason for getting involved with the first is obvious; my love of dogs. KL Pooch Rescue is a rescue and rehabiltation service, which helps support and save the lives of abandoned and abused animals in Malaysia (of which there are many)! The centre houses over forty victims of injury, abuse and abandonment. From the moment they are rescued, these dogs are given access to the best healthcare and rehabilitation available, including a raw diet and varied exercise program. They are put up for adoption when they have been returned to full health.
I have also started volunteering with the Chin Student Organisation which aims to educate refugee children from the Chin state in Myanmar; teaching them English to help prepare them for life after Malaysia. Chin people are from one of Myanmar’s most vulnerable and victimised ethnic minority groups, located in the west of the country. While the Malaysian government is supportive of refugees, there are currently no legislative or administrative provisions in place to deal with asylum-seekers or refugees in Malaysia. As such, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) documents, registers, and determines the status of asylum-seekers and refugees that enter the country.
Although these charities do not directly affect you back at home, they are really close to my heart and I would appreciate it if you could donate to help them continue with the amazing work they do! All funds raised will be split equally between the two.