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KUCHING, Sept 21: When a six-year-old child with a heart of a gold choses to sell her own artwork to help other children in need, adults should ponder if they can do the same as well.
For the love of other children, Odelia Yap came up with the idea of raising funds through her ‘milk aid’ programme during the school holidays.
She successfully raised RM676 within one week by selling her artwork and plants that she proudly planted by herself.
She pledged to donate 100 per cent of the amount raised and used the proceeds to buy 36 packets of milk powder.
According to her social media page ‘OdiSa’, she initially aimed to raise the funds by selling her artwork to close relatives and family friends.
However, she received an overwhelming response from the public, including from those who wanted to just donate cash.
On Sept 11, during a livestream on Facebook to sell some of her leftover artwork and plants, Odelia also did impromptu storytelling based on her artwork.
Each artwork has its own story and so far she has managed to produce 31 watercolor paintings.
On top of that, Odelia also sang and dance during her livestream as requested by viewers including strangers whom later donated monies towards her milk aid fund.
With the help of her family, Odelia then contacted Kuching Food Aid to collaborate and send her first batch of milk powder bought through proceeds raised.
While Odelia believes that age is not a challenge, she hopes to influence and inspire other children to learn the art of helping others in need and to spread positive vibes within the community. — DayakDaily