Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Christmas message of the joy of giving and God’s love for the living was put into real life when JS had its Christmas cum Back2School programme last night. A total of
47 single parents and their kids turned up for the event and it was a night of fun and laughter, joy and happiness indeed.

The event was made possible with the blessing of RM20,000 donation from Nestle as part of its Nestle Family Day event and that went towards the purchase of Mydin shopping vouchers for all the children’s school uniform, school shoes and a school bag. 

While the kids were delighted with the RM150 vouchers they each got, the single mums, single dads and a few really poor families were delighted to be presented with a Mydin goodie bag and a hefty goodies bag plus a 10kg rice each from Pastor Ryan’s church in USJ 9 Subang Jaya.

The goodie bags, rice and the RM150 voucher each will definitely ease the financial burden of the parents during this long year end holidays and reinforce what Christmas is all about – reaching out to those in need with God’s Love and to spread his Joy to all mankind. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

YWCA spreads Christmas cheer to poor kids

Some 30 kids from Desa Mentari and Angsana low cost flats were driven by bus to the YWCA Christmas party today and what a jolly good time they had indeed. The youngest was little Bella, only 3yrs old who despite it being her first time with strangers at a Christmas party, was such a little darling. She looked exactly like Dora the cute cartoon girl character that everyone just naturally called her Dora instead of Bella.

Well this little tyke needed help to carry her around while participating in some games and boy was she delighted to win a prize as well be blessed with a really cute Santa bear all for herself which the other bigger kids a trifle jealous! However, the other kids too had a fantastic time with the many lovely gifts and presents that the YWCA team members had prepared just for the occasion  – there were new T-shirts for the boys (well the sizes were big enough for their mums) and nice collared shirts and skirts for the little girls – plus goodie bag of sweets, toys and stationery as well as a whole box of chocolates for each child.

And yes, all the kids were sooo happy because they all went home laden with gifts and all happily said, they’d love to go again for parties should JS invite them again. It takes so little to bring such joy and excitement in these youngsters life and JS is happy to be the conduit for such lovely youngsters this Christmas.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lions "roaring" start to Christmas

Christmas came early to some of our single parent kids and children of poor families from the low cost flat of Angsana Subang Mewah where Jumble Station is located.
The Lions Club threw a special Christmas party for the poor and underprivileged children and JS was asked to bring along 9 children for the event.

The kids that attended the event in SS19 Subang included Kelly, Emannuel and his sister Cornelia, Leyseree, Min Ming, Dion and two of the smallest, sisters Sheila and Lydia and boy they had quite an eye opening Christmas indeed.

Some of the charities that were invited put on their own performance – from an Indian dance to a modern hip hop dance, from a traditional Chinese fan dance to the cute little ABC dance of the little ones. The real shocker was the “Anti-Drug” pantomime which highlighted in graphic details the dangers of being sucked and conned into drug taking from mere cigarette smoking to swallowing ecstasy pills and injecting heroin amongst others. The masked deathly apparition was so scary it made one little toddler scream in fright.

For Dion, whose father has been hospitalized for some months after an accident, leaving his homemaker mother destitute, the party was a lovely surprise because he was among the few December babies who got to cut a lovely birthday cake with Teresa Kok and the Lions top leaders.

The other kids later stuffed themselves full of food – turkey, fried chicken, fried rice, fried meehoon, mixed veg, chicken curry and fried prawns but the icing on the cake was the goodie bags they each were presented with at the end of the party – it included a lovely new watch for each of the youngsters and boy were they sooo happy!

Naturally when it was time to say goodbye, the kids especially little Sheila and her sister Lydia all gave a very heartfelt hug of thanks for the rip roaring time they had with the Lions Club members from Subang Jaya and all around Malaysia who had made this event a special one for them. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Capital TV zeroes in on JS

 Business TV station Capital TV discovered that Jumble Station is a social enterprise, doing business where the profits are used exclusively for charity - in this case to help single parents who are in dire need - and invited us over early this morning for a quick morning talk at its studios located at Neo Damansara. Capital TV has been in existence for 2 years and is screened only to the subscribers of Telekom Malaysia's Unify services under its HyppTV programmes. It is touted as the 1st homegrown business TV channel in Malaysia offering indepth coverage of biznews, financial issues and bizlifestyle programmes. It broadcasts in full HD to TV screens on channel 420 HyppTV. 

The morning talk host  got a very happy Adrian and I to talk about how JS helps poor single parents and how JS focuses on poor single dads as well as poor single mums. We were able to share why we chose to focus on single parents (they are always below the radar of the charitable public/org) and how Adrian is one example of how we mentor the depressed, the lost, the needy. 

We also shared about how we try to empower the poor single parents to break out of their poverty cycle and how we conduct motivational courses to get them off to a better future with new skills and new mindsets. Adrian then shared about how with the help of JS he is able to discover a hidden talent in designing miniature clothes rather than merely focusing on real life dress designing per se. The entire TV crew were then left very Adrian’s meticulously designed dolls that feature Malaysian traditional costumes which will go on sale early next year when Jumble Station gets the space promised to display its crafts and collectibles at the JayaOne shopping mall. 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

IBU Group helps JS poor single parents

Jumble Station received a helping hand during the weekend with the donation of RM640 worth of Tesco shopping vouchers for its planned Back To School programme on Dec 14. IBU which is the support and play group for mums and their kids, wanted to do their bit for the single mums and single dads under our care and the shopping vouchers will certainly come in very useful to offset the high cost of purchasing items for their children in preparation for next year’s school term.

Each single parent will be given RM150 shopping voucher per child to enable them to purchase two sets of uniforms, a pair of school shoes and school bag. Last year, JS discovered that the RM100 given to the hard core poor single parents was barely enough to cover the purchase of uniforms and shoes and now with the increase in the cost of school related items, it was felt that RM150 per child is a more realistic figure indeed.

JS had been invited by the IBU Group to participate in its year end Christmas Bazaar at Chitta Mall, last Sunday and we were happy to bring along some of our single parents and their kids for this special event. IBU Group’s chief Pippa and community affairs co-ordinator Nazia were present to hand over the vouchers to single dad Hasrun, single mum Jajah and Sumathi as well as kids Farah Nisha and Farah Diana and little Nasir.

What was also nice was that at the end of the Bazaar’s sale, some of the unsold items were handed over to JS as part of IBU’s donation and several of the items proved really useful for some of our single parents. Little Nasir for instance was gleeful with the small skateboard he saw among the pile of items while Sumathi took several toys for her toy happy little boys. Lori driver Yun took a couple of boy centric board games for his three boys while Farah Nisha and her sister Farah Diana were delighted with story books and little bags. For the IBU Group, we at JS say “Terima Kasih” for thinking of our single parents in their year-end hour of need.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Simply Marvellous!!!

Nestle Malaysia had invited Parents Without Partners Bhd (PWP) to bring our single parent kids to its 101 Family Day event which was held this year at the Marriot Hotel in Putrajaya in conjunction with the finals of its Bonanza Competition.Some 14 children from poor families and poor single parents eventually turned up at sharp 12noon at Jumble Station and accompanied by 3 adults, we drove off in a van and a car.

On arrival at the hotel, the kids were excited to discover that they could have their fill of eating any of the varities of Nestle products that were being offered in the various kiosks there in the main ballroom.

From ice-cream to koko crunch, from Milo drinks to coffee and yoghurt to Maggi mee, everything was a blissful treat to the hungry kids. Then, when the gigantic sized Koko Crunch bear came around, all the kids wanted to have their photos taken with him, from tiny little Asraf to big mummy Jajah and her son Nasir!

However, the real surprise was what happened just after the VIP speeches – each charity organization that turned up for the event was presented with a RM20,000 donation from Nestle as part of the company’s promise to give RM1 to charity for every entry form it receives for this particular competition.

In the event, some 800,000 entry forms were received and the monies raised went to the 27 charity organizations that had turned up for the event as well as the Ministry of Family and Women to aid the poor. Mind you, we weren’t told about this donation when we received and accepted the invite but Nestle sure knows how to reward in a surprising way indeed

For PWP this is simply marvelous because the RM20,000 is exactly what’s needed to enable us to carry out our Back to School cum Christmas programme on Dec 14 at Subang Mewah USJ1 to help ease the financial burden of poor single parents to purchase school uniforms, shoes and school bag for the coming new school year. To Nestle Malaysia who has so wonderfully surprised us with this timely gift – We say a very big “Ribuan Terima Kasih!”

Saturday, November 16, 2013

JS featured in the Weekend Mail

Jumble Station was featured in this Friday’s Weekend Mail by the Malay Mail reporter Vanessa Gomes and it gives a pretty concise view of what we’re all about and what we’re doing to help poor single parents in the Klang Valley region. The first inkling about this report came from an SMS from one of our customers at Amcorp Mall, followed soon after by a couple of readers who wanted to know more about what we really wanted and how to get the items to us.

There was also a call from a reader who probed a little deeper into whether or not PWP/JS is a genuine charity and whether or not the monies raised will go to the intended target. Having reassured the caller that the 3 co-founders do not take a salary because they have their own source of income – Lim Lian See from her hair-salon, Sanice Kam from her kindergarten and Mary Anne from the rentals from her property investments – and that we do this from a passionate desire to assist this often overlooked group compared to orphans and the disabled or even the elderly – the caller promised to search her home for items that will be of interest to our cause. How lovely and timely indeed!     

Friday, November 8, 2013

The awesome power of women!

Women are usually deemed to be the weaker lot but many a time, it is the women who can bring about a tremendous change in this troubled world of ours. Recently some 50 women met at the Bukit Kiara Selangor Club for a ladies gathering and to celebrate the 11years of how God used a few dedicated women to do a major good for the poor in the Klang Valley region.

While toasting the 11th year blessings of God, the ladies of TDDI church led by Bee Lian also made it a point to invite Jumble Station co-founder Mary Anne to share how they can continue to be the catalyst for good among the poor single parents and those still mired in poverty.

She also shared on how God’s plan will always triumph over man’s plots especially when one works and moves in faith and total trust. She shared how a resident committee member’s devious plan to oust JS from the Jati condo where we were renting storage space or alternatively to double the rental of the store was foiled when 7 of the 8 team members voted not kick out JS nor to raise the rent after watching a presentation of how JS truly helps poor families and single parents in the neighbourhood and within the Jati area itself.

For the women of TDDI church we appreciate your resolute efforts to bring joy to deprived lives, hope to the fearful and love to those ignored by others. To all women involved in changing lives for the better – JS salutes you!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Eggstra-ordinary donation from Nestle Malaysia

Jumble Station received an eggstra-ordinary donation of cartons of eggs from our friendly monthly food supplier Nestle Malaysia. It seems that Nestle staff has for some years now, been encouraged to donate cartons of eggs for the underprivileged in society and this time around, some of the eggs were handed over to orphans and elderly folks.

This time too, Jumble Station was also “gifted” with several cartons of the fresh eggs for the benefit of our single parents in need and these eggstra eggstra special gifts from Nestle were indeed a welcoming addition to the already kind and generous monthly donations of milo, Nescafe coffee, Maggi instant noodles and Nespray milk our really poor single parents have enjoyed from Nestle every month for the last two years.

When asked if the eggs would be useful to their family food intake, all the single parents who collected the eggs at Jumble Station without hesitation said a loud “yes!” and the contentment on their faces says it all – after all, in these times of rising food prices, who would not be happy to receive eggs especially when eggs form a major role in the continued health of the children and the single parents concerned.

So to Nestle Malaysia staff and management, an “Eggstra Big Thank You” for your eggceptionally wonderful act of kindness to our community of poor single parents and their ever hungry-for-eggs kids! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Moving to the 2nd stage

September 16 was Malaysia Day and it was a very long weekend which made it highly attractive for families to “balik kampong” and get away from the brab city life. It is to the credit of some 15 of the poorest of the poor who chose not to accept the lure of the country side but instead chose to stay in town to improve themselves for a better life.
The 15 participants chose to do that because they placed a premium on themselves, they wanted to learn more about how to make their lives count, how to get out of the poverty rut and basically to develop the potential that is within  them.
So they came armed with nothing more than a desire to learn, enthusiastically recognizing that they must sacrifice in order to gain benefits in the long run and benefit they certainly did. The Citizen Network For a Better Malaysia launched its 2nd level courses for the poor and the topics included, Breaking the Generational Curse of Poverty, Financial Budgeting, Being A Boss and the Ethics of Business.
It is remarkable that some of the participants are illiterate yet with patience and understanding, they managed to grasp the important points and willingly shared how impactful the lessons were to them. Normala for instance can’t read or write yet after the 1st stage course, she bravely embarked on starting her own small business – selling packed lunch and noodles and ice-cream Malaysia – which enabled her to earn about RM50 a week while her two kids following her example have started “50sen tikam” games which enabled them to earn their daily pocket money!

Many of the other participants too have expressed a desire to find new ways to increase their income and if they succeed in doing so on a regular basis, our efforts to build their confidence and self motivating them would have worked. So kudos to all the trainers and participants who so willingly partnered with Jumble Station to make a real difference in the lives of the poor!  

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Real people …real stories

The key question on most people’s minds when it comes to charity is – “how exactly do you help your target group?” In Jumble Station and Parents Without Partners case, we have often cited and presented pictures and articles of the people we help and what we’ve done to impact their lives.

Yet nothing speaks more clearly than for the people who have been helped by us, to share in their own words, how we are able to meet their needs or their children’s needs. Recently, two single parents, single dad Adrian Ong and single mother Jahujah were present to share their innermost thoughts and feelings as single parents struggling to survive before and how JS entry into their lives made their dire situation more bearable.

Both Adrian, who fostered Nisha from a newborn till she was 7 years old before her parents took her back to their kampong in Terenganu and Jahujah who was abandoned by her hubby one year ago and left to care for her 7 year old son on her own, spoke from their hearts, leaving many listeners at the TDDI women’s fundraising talk very moved.

Adrian shared about how JS mentored him through his depression and suicidal 3 year walk and helped him to now run his own small business Vintage Vibes and teach sewing at Learning Station while Jahujah shared about how JS aside from giving her groceries each month was also able to give her a lovely lady’s bicycle to replace her really old teenager bike that she needed to cycle from her flat to the factory where she works as a cleaner.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Thanks to all our faithful helpers and volunteers

JS had a thank you dinner at the Malacqa Nyonya Restaurant in Subang for its helpers, workers and volunteers and a total of 10 people turned up – the 3 co-founders Lian See, Sanice and Mary Anne while the others included Jayne Loh ( amcorp volunteer), Sally Lui party helper, Yun (lorry driver), Suhaibah (JS worker) Normala (JS volunteer), Adrian (sewing tutor and volunteer van driver) and Megan (trainee).

While the food was disappointing, the spirit that enveloped the venue was lively and fun. The 3 co-founders took the opportunity to thank the helpers for their dedication, urging them to forgive and forget slights and insults, to work willingly to impact the poor and the needy and more importantly, to always be motivated by love so that God’s blessings will flow readily into their own lives.

After that, the helpers surprised Lian See and Sanice with a belated birthday gift each – a set of pewter fruit picks for Lian See and a fat, jolly, golden piggy for Sanice! For both co-founders, it was a simple gesture of TQ from a deeply appreciative pool of helpers and volunteers. To all of them and those others who could not make it , we salute you folks for your willingness to avail yourselves to the cause of poor single parents – as Sanice says “Let’s all keep the flag flying till the end of our days!” Amen to that! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Celebrate Joget at JS party for single parents

Jumble Station’s annual party for single parents went off marvelously well with some 92 single parents and their many kids turning up for an afternoon of fun and laughter. The laughter part came from the funny, cute, intricate face designs created by face- painter Niza and from the ice breaker games where the parent was blindfolded and the kid was supposed to direct the parent to stab as many yellow balloons as possible. The first one popped 5 balloons so swiftly it made us wonder if she could see through the blindfold. The next few parents had a harder time as they sought to both listen to their kid while trying not to be distracted by the voices of the onlookers! 

The Dekir Puteri or Warrior Princess dance performed by the staff and volunteers of JS  went off flawlessly made all the more charming by the presence of so many very cute kiddie performers with the youngest Daniel only aged 6 years old who insisted on performing alongside his older brothers.

This was followed by the Jazz Exercise Dancers who looked so pretty and lithe in their pink exercise gear while effortlessly going through all the different dance steps. The youngsters wowed the older audience with their rhythmic movements complete with smiles and umbrellas and made many an obese single parent realize they needed to take up exercise to trim off the fat!

Needless to say when Celebrate Joget came up, almost all the folks in the hall were ready to joget to the catchy dance tune and pretty soon, the floor was awash with single parents and their kids all “jogetting” their way through the entire song, not once but thrice!

Many first timers to the party were touched by the manner in which Jumble Station has been able to get all the three major races, the Malays, the Indians and the Chinese single parents to come together in a naturally friendly, happy and very harmonious manner – it was a time for all to relax, to enjoy, to forget their worries.

The party drew to a close with a Blessed Draw involving items donated by ARL International and Christina and Millie’s Cell Group that saw so many of the single parents going home with a prize each.

As they all trooped out for the dinner each single parent and their kids all were given a goodie bag filled with sponsored items such as KFC vouchers, pen and notepad from GDexpress, toothpaste, bathsoap and dishwashing paste from Lam Soon Edible Oils, a DiGi mug, multivitamin syrup and Calcimate tablets from Hovid Bhd. The parents and the kids were giddily happy to express their THANKS to all the organizations that had teamed up with Parents Without Partners to make this event a memorable one. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Inspiring the poor, one life at a time...

The poor are a mariginalised group primarily because they have not learnt to rise up beyond their current crippling situation. The education system teaches them to read, write and grasp ‘rithmetic but does not teach them the marketable skills that will enable them to get good jobs and climb up swiftly through the corporate ladder of success and thereby break the chains of poverty.

Citizen Network for a Better Malaysia (CNBM) Group 4 which focuses on the issue of alleviating poverty in this country has been actively organizing a series of training courses designed specially to lift the morale and quality of life for the poor. The group led by Nancy Lee and guided by Dr Dennison Jayasooria has been making small inroads in tackling this issue with the latest being held at Ara Damansara at end June.

This time around there were 13 participants, Hasrun, Hassan, Feizal and Eddie from LV Control, a company owned by Lillian Lip, Faroz, Rosdi, Ghani and Satifah from Jackson’s mall outlet and Melini, Hani, Jahuyah and Malian introduced by Jumble Station. Some 8 of them hail from Angsana at USJ1, Subang Jaya, a low cost flat rife with grime, grind and crime!

Since the introduction of the programme, some 45 individuals have benefited, learning for the first time in their lives, the importance of self motivation, mastering positive mental attitudes, learning what it takes to be a good worker, the challenges of being a boss, balancing their finances and the difficult art of budgeting, harnessing their inherent skills and marketing them, monetizing their hobbies among others.

Each and every one of the participants and the trainers (Lillian, Jackson and Mary Anne) as well as facilitators (Nicole and Jamie) come away from the course, more refreshed, inspired and willing to try new things to improve their lot in life. For CNBM members, this is an ongoing journey on developing the power of optimism and inspiring each other as we journey through a beautiful life ahead! The best part of it all? We’re doing it – one life at a time…want to join us in this life changing process?