Two entrepreneurs initiate “Our Roots, One for One Giving” charity to help the needy

Ooi (standing centre), Hon (seated third left), Wee (seated fourth left) together with partners of the charity campaign having a photo session at the association’s premises today

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Dec 15: Two entrepreneurs, Nicholas Hon and Ooi See Bee joined hands to do charity event for the needy and underprivileged by launching a programme called ‘Our Roots, One for One Giving’ in conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year (CNY) festival.

The event which is a by buy-one give-one model charity campaign is organised in collaboration with the Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division and Hope Place.

“That is for every goody bag that a person buys, Our Roots will donate one to the needy and a meaningful card from the buyer will be attached along the bag.

“We hope to strengthen our roots and give back to the communities with a small effort.

“We aim to reach out to at least 500 families and hope our fellow Sarawakians can contribute some love and support towards this campaign,” Ooi said.

Towards this, the duo had roped in a few local businesses by buying CNY goods from them and selling them to Sarawakians at reasonable prices besides helping the local economy.

The idea of giving out to the needy and underprivileged was mooted after both of them realised that some old folks and poor people were struggling to put food on their table during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our Roots one-month charity campaign will kick start from today (December 15) onwards.

Those who are interested to buy the goody bags can visit Ooi’s Facebook page at oseebee or Hon’s business page at rosellekitchen to find out more.

Ooi said the Federation of Chinese Association Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division as well as Hope Place will assist to distribute the goody bags to the needy and underprivileged.

Meanwhile, Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division president Datuk Richard Wee commended the noble cause of Hon and Ooi as well as their efforts to assist the needy through Our Roots charity campaign.

He said the association supports their work and is willing to help them especially during the current situation of the economy and the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

Wee said the federation through its disaster management special committee led by Kapitan Tan Kok Chiang will assist Hon and Ooi to distribute 300 sets of goody bags to the needy.

For those who want to know more and support Our Roots, One for One Giving campaign, contact Hon at 012-8820923 or Ooi at 012-3892686. — DayakDaily