A gaggle of Malaysian tattoo artists managed to boost over RM40k for meals provisions that they distributed to round 600 underprivileged households dwelling in low-cost flats in Subang Jaya.
Though it was immensely difficult getting the provisions to the households in want, largely on account of motion restrictions, the do-gooders managed to finish their mission.
“It has been an unprecedented yr due to the pandemic, and lots of underprivileged households are actually badly impacted. What’s much more tough is that these households are positioned in Pink Zones so it’s tough to succeed in them,” says tattoo artist Alvin Chong who led the initiative.
Throughout the restoration motion management order in Dec 2020, Chong together with 33 different tattoo artists held a “fundraiding flashday” to boost funds to assist households impacted by the pandemic.
The artists from 11 tattoo studios, together with one (physique) piercer and one lash artist, managed to boost RM44,000.
It isn’t the primary time they’ve organised a charity drive – they’ve raised funds for Dignity for Youngsters Basis in Kuala Lumpur, Palu Earthquake victims in Indonesia, and the Orang Asli at Kampung Pos Tenau, Perak in earlier years.
However the pandemic has made their newest fundraiser a tad tougher.
As an alternative of getting the occasion at a central location, it was held at every collaborating tattoo studio, with strict SOPs in place.
For some tattoo studios, the occasion was performed on-line: Clients might choose and buy the designs and make an appointment for the tattooing at a later date, when the scenario is safer for everybody.
In response to Chong, it was additionally tough to get help to the households due to the MCO restrictions, and in addition as a result of most households are positioned within the Pink Zones.
“With the assistance of the Selangor State Legislative Assemblywoman for Subang Jaya, Michelle Ng, we had been lastly in a position to get the meals provisions to them,” he provides.
He provides that every meals pack comprised objects similar to rice, oil, on the spot noodles, biscuits, Milo and different meals objects, and prices about RM80.
Solely Chong and fellow artist, Ronny Lai, who reside in Selangor, had been concerned within the distribution along with Ng’s crew as a result of the opposite artists are all from Kuala Lumpur and couldn’t cross the district border.
Suhaimi Daud, one of many recipients of the meals help, from Angsana Flats in Subang Jaya stated the groceries had been a lifeline to households who had run out of meals provides.
“On behalf of the residents, I’d like to precise our because of Alvin and all who’re concerned in distributing meals packs. Thanks a lot for serving to our residents who’ve run out of meals provides.”
“Throughout these very difficult instances, we as tattoo artists are glad to have the ability to do our half to assist households in want.
“We hope to proceed this (yearly) charity effort,” says Chong.
“That is our strategy to unfold love and to indicate our care to those that actually need it,” concludes Lai.