PhotoAsia is pleased to announce that the second charity calendar project to raise funds for Rumah Shalom was a roaring success. Thanks to friends and clients of PhotoAsia, generous donors and caring church members, we managed to raise MYR20,000! This time our team of supporters learned a valuable lesson – that people in sales have a tough job. We experienced first hand what that job is like when we were given a free space to set up a stall at One Utama Shopping Mall for three days to sell the calendars.
Initially we faced rejections many times over, then through patience and persistence, we experienced the joy of making a sale, then more smiles when we sold a huge number of copies of the calendar. On the third day we learned to smile through all our rejections, thanked people who turned away and to forget tired legs and stiff necks because we raised over MYR4,000 during the three days.
So it was with great joy to be able to present the cheque of MYR20,000 to Pastor Arulandu who informed me it was most timely because the Home is in dire straits this year. Public donations are not forthcoming for some reason and the Home is in danger of running out of funds. If you can help, do spare them a thought.
About Rumah Shalom
Rumah Shalom is located at No. 1 Jalan Teong 5, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor. In 1997, Pastor Arulandu started the Home for orphaned, homeless, neglected and abused children because he was moved to care for two needy children. Since then some 180 children have passed through the Home to become responsible citizens with a purpose in their lives. In the past 13 years, Rumah Shalom has always operated out of rented premises. Pastor Arulandu believed that Rumah Shalom should become a permanent home for these children where they can be nurtured in a secure environment of love, productivity, social maturity and trust in God. With donations and support from you and me, he hopes to buy the current premise so that the children will never have to be relocated again. We can all help them realise their dream of owning a place to call home.