Hello, holiday season! One of our favourite times of the year, filled with treating our loved ones and indulging in festivities. December is also the best time to create healthy habits and refine our routines – it’s our chance to rest, refocus and recharge for the new year.

Community service project group, Heart To Heart MY, would like to help you with your self-care routine, especially during these trying times. They’ve organised a virtual self-care charity talk to provide participants with tips and advice from content creator, Bay Doucet, Velvet Vanity Cosmetics founder, Adlina Nadirah, and their very own self-care booklet.

For only RM30, which will be fully donated to the Selangor’s People Voice, you’ll be able to have a personalised experience by sharing your interests and hobbies. You’ll learn how to create or redesign a self-care routine that you’ll look forward to doing every single day! If you’re an early bird, you’ll also receive a printed self-care guide, planner and sticker set to kickstart the new year.

Register now!

Heart To Heart MY

Heart To Heart MY is a community service project consisting of a group of students who aim to help those in need. By raising funds through different fundraising activities, all proceeds are donated to the Selangor People’s Voice – helping B40 and M40 families.

As health officials continue to urge us to stay at home to stop the spread, we must remember that staying at home is a privilege. Yes, the pandemic is hard for us all, but it is important to acknowledge the different realities others face with underprivileged families being affected the most.

Some members of these disadvantaged groups depend on a daily income to take care of their families and themselves, so the negative economic impact has left them even more vulnerable. Staying at home also poses a threat to women and children who have to live with their abusers.

We must stand together and support these severely affected communities, as well as frontline workers who might be heroes but are also still human – they are struggling to work around the clock with the limited resources available.

NGOs have proven to necessity these past few months, so here’s how you can help:

  1. Donate to emergency food aid boxes

 

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When CMCO was announced in Klang Valley area, our beneficiaries are at risk of losing their daily income once again. They are afraid if they had to endure another hunger experience like during the first MCO. This is because these families heavily depend on their daily wage to buy food. If there’s no income on that day, there is no food on the table and they will sleep with a growling stomach. With CMCO in place, it’s very challenging to earn money and food security becomes their biggest problem. Thus, we receive a lot of food aid requests and we’re doing our best to cater all the needs, to make sure that nobody will sleep with a hungry stomach. Unfortunately, we could not do this alone and we need your help. Help us to support these 700 families and with every ringgit donated to our CMCO Emergency Food Aid Boxes, you are saving these families from hunger. You can donate to our CMCO Emergency Food Aid Boxes at: CIMB Islamic Bank Mercy Mission Malaysia (Charity Right) 8600669196 DM us if you have any questions! #covid19 #kitajagakita #rakyatjagarakyat

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Charity Right Malaysia reduces the burden of families by providing them with a steady supply of meals every month. They aim to keep children in school instead of having to quit and support their family.

2. Buy a meal for someone in need

 

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Sponsor hearty meals for charity homes through Ari’s Offering. Their social giving programme allows you to make recurring donations with every RM10 contributing to a meal.

3. Help Sabah’s healthcare system

 

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MERCY Malaysia is initiating an Islamic Social Financing (ISF) Fund Raising Program to support Sabah. Your contribution will be used to procure medical equipment which will be endowed (waqaf) to the Ministry of Health. Together, we can help reduce our country’s burdens and save lives. Channel your donation to: MERCY MALAYSIA Maybank Islamic 5642 5858 7606 Reference code: Wakaf COVID19 All your contribution in cash is tax deductible and will be fully used to purchase medical equipment. For more details, please visit www.mercy.org.my/donation, or Contact : Amrul Hazarin (+60 19 399 5854)/ Asyraf Fitri (+60 19 314 0039) Email : zakat@mercy.org.my #kitajagakita #mercywaqaf #islamicsocialfinancing #covid19

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The lack of medical resources, including hospital beds, has Sabah struggling with their overwhelming amount of cases. Mercy Malaysia is raising funds for medical equipment and you can find more ways to help, even with their mental health, here.

4. Support domestic abusive survivors

 

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We are preparing for another spike in domestic violence with the increase of COVID-19 cases. Help us support survivors and continue our life-saving work. ACCOUNT NAME : WOMEN’S AID ORGANISATION BANK ACCOUNT : CIMB BANK BERHAD ACCOUNT NO. : 80-0238299-7 All donations of RM50 and above will receive a tax exempt receipt. (https://forms.gle/qAAM9FDDkR53hhVbA) Your donation will help WAO to operate : – WAO’s 24 hour hotline and TINA WhatsApp / SMS service – Counselling services – The Women’s Refuge – The Child Care Centre – Social Work

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The Women’s Aid Organisation provides mental health and crisis support to women and children who have experienced abuse. Lockdowns, around the world, have caused a rise in domestic violence.

5. Supply frontlines with personal protective equipment

Semporna Heroes helps assist hospital workers, collecting funds to purchase food and medical supplies for frontliners. They also donate carepacks to struggling communities in Semporna.

This is why we need to work together and do our best to help each other out. It may seem like a small act to some, but your donation can make a huge difference!

 

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re collaborating with conceptual photographer, Daniel Adams, to raise funds for the National Cancer Society Malaysia!

Every year, 2.1 million women get diagnosed with breast cancer – putting 1 in 19 Malaysian women at risk.

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These inspiring breast cancer survivors have a few empowering messages for you 🤍 📸: @danieladamsphotography 🛍️: Shop our fundraiser for @nationalcancersocietymy featuring these portraits at www.bit.ly/wgxdafundraiser! #WildGingerMY

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Daniel has photographed 5 resilient breast cancer survivors, capturing the essence of how they’ve thrived despite adversity as they pose powerfully among petals, representing how much they’ve grown and flourished along the way. These beautiful portraits have been printed on tote bags, stickers and A5 prints to be sold with 100% of the profits going to charity.

Show your support by purchasing these empowering pieces! Purchases can be made here from the 19th to 31st of October.

Don’t forget to check yourself.

It has been mandatory to wear a mask in public places, but with the ongoing spike in Coronavirus cases – we’re all left fearing another nationwide lockdown that poses a major threat to our economy, social well-being and mental health. Although it is more likely that they will continue with regional lockdowns and strict travel restrictions, marginalized groups like lower-income workers, along with women, youth and minorities, will still be deeply affected.

Social enterprises have helped out with the crisis from feeding the underprivileged to even providing them with jobs. Many have seen the increasing demand for washable, more environmentally-friendly face masks as an opportunity to supply B40 women, Orang Asli mothers, the OKU Group and refugee communities with an income.

Here’s where you can buy a reusable face mask that contributes to these charitable causes:

  1. Cuci Ceria Project

Posted by Cuci Ceria Project on Thursday, October 1, 2020

 

The Cuci Ceria Project uses recycled cotton fabrics for their face masks, which are made by refugee and B40 women. With every adult mask purchased, they will donate two masks to those who are unable to afford it.

  1. Changgih Designs

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Rm15 REUSABLE FACE MASK (Adult Size) 3 colors available🌈 . . Changgih Face Mask Key Features: 1. 3 LAYERS – High Quality quilting fabric, interfacing material between 2 100% cotton pieces. 2. TRIPLE PLEATED -Perfectly measured out and handstitched by our Changgih artisans. These pleats allow for a nice structure that makes it comfortable for the wearer. 3. NOSE WIRE – to keep the mask in place better by moulding to the bridge of your nose. . . ✔️ A better alternative to disposable face masks. Better for you, better for Mother Earth. . . Available at: www.changgihdesigns.com Or whatsapp us at 0178906443 . . Every purchase you make directly impacts the livelihood of the artisans that makes your Changgih Products. 10% of our proceeds go directly into the Give10toSabah Program where we invest in the community through out Give Back Programs. #fashiondiaries #facemask #changgihfabric #reusable #newitems #handmade #artisanmade #socialdistancing2020 #covid_19 #newnorm #besafe #wecandothis #socialenterprise #malaysiaartisans #malaysianbatik #sabahmotif #adultmasks #onlinenow #kitajagakita #givebacktothecommunity

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Made in Sabah, Changgih Designs hires local moms and artisans to produce their products from handbags and wallets to face masks. Their #Give10ToSabah program sees 10% of their profits being used to help other Sabahans and the community.

  1. Earth Heir

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✨FAIR TRADE FACE MASKS ON SALE NOW✨ A good philosophy is to buy less, and buy well, things made to last – and artisan-made products are exactly that. Each of our refugee made, fair trade reusable face masks serve two purposes – to keep you safe and to provide sustainable livelihoods to those who made it. In this crucial time, you can stay safe while still making an impact. Get any masks of your choice, and get a discount when you buy in sets of 3! Just head to our website: ○ 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝟑 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐬* 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐝𝐞 "𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐘𝐒𝐀𝐅𝐄" 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐑𝐌𝟓 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤𝐨𝐮𝐭. OR ○ 𝐔𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐝𝐞 "𝐊𝐈𝐃𝐒𝐌𝐀𝐒𝐊" 𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝟕𝟎% 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝟏 𝐤𝐢𝐝𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝟐 𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐬* 𝐩𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝! *Excludes all #EarthHeirxCelcom MeReka Merdeka masks

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Earth Heir is a luxury brand that is fair trade certified with the World Fair Trade Organisation. They engage in ethical partnerships by supporting ethnic and refugee artisans with income opportunities and career development.

  1. INKAA Clothing

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Matching Monday ❤️⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Feel free to visit our website www.inkaaclothing.com to shop a range of batik and mengkuang products. We are currently offering free delivery throughout Malaysia for purchase(s) above RM49!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #socialenterprise #handmade #empowerment #batik #terengganu #kualalumpur #reusablefacemask #shopwithpurpose #buyforimpact #supportsmallbusinesses #supportlocal

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A collaboration between grassroots organisations and local artisans, INKAA partners with marginalised communities to produce their products and ensure fair wages. Each purchase supports the livelihood of these communities.

5. Komuniti Tukang Jahit

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Comeback Series! Back by popular demand! Limited stocks, limited time. Comment down below of you're interested in this batch! Comes with 5 strikingly beautiful colors! Turquoise, Jade Green, Bright Pink, Deep Red and Blue. #ComebackSeries #OMGOctober #KTJwithLove #RakyatJagaRakyat

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Komuniti Tukang Jahit provides women who are home-based tailors with job opportunities. This enables housewives, single women and single mothers to earn a sustainable income from home.

6. Mangosteen

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Our reusable face masks come in a multitude of designs to keep you stylish and safe for every outing. They are designed for comfort with adjustable straps and extra protection with a filter pocket.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They were made by mothers from B40 and Refugee communities to support their children’s education. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Get some for your family today. Available exclusively on mangosteen.my via the link in the bio.

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Mangosteen uses 100% of their profits to help empower the lives of women and children in Southeast Asia. Their hand sanitisers are made by Orang Asli mothers, and their reusable face masks are made by mothers from the B40 and refugee communities

7. Sew x Dignity

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Brand NEW exciting patterned adult face masks to freshen your look and style! Now with both Fitted (curve) and Flat (rectangle) design for you to choose from. Only RM 15 per piece. #supportlocal To order: www.shopxdignity.org (link in bio!) . . *Kindly take note that shipping is within Malaysia only For bulk orders (above 40), kindly send us a message and we will be in touch!

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A transformational enterprise, Sew x Dignity empowers youth and women from refugee communities. All profits are put back into the Foundation to train more students on how to start their own enterprise.

8. Surya Bags

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Surya Bags are handmade in Malaysia by refugees from Myanmar. They help those who fled their homeland to escape dangerous situations and forced labour.

9. The Asli Co

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{MASKS} HAVE, MUST HAVE Launching our latest product.. hand sewn fabric masks by Orang Asli mothers! Under the intensive sewing training led by our community champion @JixFoo, we were able to upskill 10 OA mothers who were struggling to make ends meet to provide for their families during MCO. Each mask purchase will be supporting the livelihoods of OA mothers and their subsequent families. Keep you and your loved ones safe while helping the OA community. Link in bio to support our cause! #empowerment #orangasli #socialenterprise #handmademask #reusablemask #makersmalaysia #kitajagakita #madeinmalaysia #buylocal #empoweringwomen #shopwithimpact

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The Asli Co works with Orang Asli women to support their children’s education. By employing women from marginalised communities, they are also able to help keep indigenous kids in school.

10. The Batik Boutique

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This is why you are loving our New KL collection mask:⁠ > beautiful colors of the iconic KL skyline⁠ > 3 layers (polyester outer and cotton inner layer) ⁠ > nose bridge⁠ > adjustable ear straps⁠ > reusable carrying pouch⁠ > machine washable⁠ Don’t miss it! > LINK IN BIO. ⁠ ⁠ FREE shipping within Malaysia with above RM200 purchase. ⁠ FREE shipping Internationally with minimum $100 purchase.⁠ ⁠ #batikboutique #shopwithpurpose #shoplocal #malaysianmade #artisanmade #malaysianbatik #batikgifts #batikapparel #batikaccessories

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By hiring local artisans to produce their batik products, The Batik Boutique is able to provide them with a fair, sustainable income, as well as marketable skills. Their vision is to empower hundreds of women with the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.

11. The Y Shop

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The Young Women’s Christian Association started a sewing workshop for young women in the B40 community. This grew into an online store with bags being made by these women, providing them with an income.

 

 

 

 

 

Wellness is more than skin deep

One of the biggest myths about self-care is that it’s a luxury. Don’t believe the hype. Wellness has been promoted as lavish spa treatments, expensive facial creams and exotic vacations, when in reality, it’s mundane activities like allowing yourself to sleep in on the weekends and unfollowing social media accounts that make you feel bad. Sure it can be pretty pricey to pay for a therapist, sign up for a gym and stock up on healthy food, but financial wellness isn’t how much you spend on wellness – it’s about the wellbeing of your finances.

It’s hard to feel good when your finances aren’t looking good. The stress can even take a toll on your health and unfortunately, some financial situations might make it hard to get help. Don’t beat yourself up when it comes to things you can’t control, but by being more diligent about money management and mindfully spending within your means – you’ll be able to improve your financial health and prepare for a rainy day or emergencies. This is especially the case in today’s climate as we face the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn to plan better

Contribute meaningfully to others

Once you have yourself and your family covered, it would be great to consider the community and those in need. You can allocate some of your finances for meaningful contributions (one-off or monthly) to charitable causes that you believe in – whether it’s geared to help those who are underprivileged, raise environmental awareness, find a cure or encourage the advancement of creative industries. The opportunities are plentiful and the choice is yours – go for a cause that reflects your passion and champion it! As Sam Smith’s Money On My Mind goes, “do it for the love – of yourself and others”.