Trek For A Cause is a challenging trek, usually into the high mountains. In 2014, TFAC will journey to the Everest Base Camp, Nepal from 12th September to 30th September. The journey will traverse over 100km of mountainous terrain in the Himalayas, reaching an altitude of 5364m (17598ft) at the EBC.
Trek For A Cause also aims to raise awareness and funds for the education of underprivileged children in Malaysia.
What the funds will be used for
The funds raised via TFAC will be used to help underprivileged children meet their basic needs in the pursuit of education. Funds will be used to pay for books, teachers, teaching materials, clothing, nutrition and extra-curricular activities for the children. The main beneficiaries will be:
- the Orang Asli communities in Peninsular Malaysia
- Bajau Laut communities on the islands off the east coast of Sabah
- Refugee children, mostly scattered in the Klang Valley
For example, there are close to 29,000 refugee children registered with UNHCR Malaysia, of which 17,000 are of school-going age. Less than half of them have any access to any kind of education. Many Orang Asli children and orphans struggle to go to school because their parents lack the means. A large number of stateless children in the islands of the east coast of Sabah lack access to school – they loiter and beg in the streets.
Administration of the funds raised in 2013
The funds will be administrated by Yayasan Kemanusiaan Muslim Aid (Muslim Aid). Muslim Aid is a non-political and non-sectarian aid agency, inspired by Islamic values, to serve the most needy, irrespective of religion, race, ethnicity, nationality or political creed. In 2013, the TFAC raised about 100,000. The funds have (and are being) used for:
(a) Mobile library programme for Orang Asli communities
(b) A learning centre in Ampang, catering for the Myanmar refugee children
About MY Team
My Team is a group of amateur trekking enthusiasts. Their previous major expeditions were to the Everest Base Camp in 2011 and the Annapurna Circuit in 2013. Besides enjoying what they do, the MY Team aims to contribute to society in any way possible. Anyone can be a member of MY Team.
(Note: All members of MY Team pay for all their own expenses. 100% of all funds raised go to the Muslim Aid education programme).
About Muslim Aid
Muslim Aid was officially established in 2004 in Malaysia to provide a platform for Malaysians to join the world community in tackling the persistent problems of poverty and sufferings as a result of natural (e.g. flood, earthquake) and man-made disasters (e.g. endemic poverty, civil strife, wars).
In 2008, Yayasan Kemanusiaan Muslim Aid Malaysia was established to concentrate on delivering aid within the country.
Among the recipient communities are refugees in Malaysia, the Orang Asli, single mother, poor children and orphans. All donations to Muslim Aid are tax-exempt (LHDN 01/35/42/51/179-6.6487).
If you wish to help
There is generally no minimum amount (unless you want to be a key corporate sponsor – see Option 5). You can simply contribute any sum you like. Or you can choose the 10sen per ft option. You can donate to Muslim Aid 10 sen per ft that the MY team climbs. The MY team will climb from 9380 feet to 17598 feet (or a total climb of 8218 feet). So if you want to sponsor MY Team to climb 1000 ft, you can donate 10 sen x 1000 ft = RM 100. You can support MY team’s full climb by donating RM 821.80 to Muslim Aid.
Option 1 : Pass your donation to MY team
You can pass your cash or cheque to members of the MY team. Please call any one of them if you have any queries. Please use the donation form (see below)
Dr G Balamurugan (012-3831135)
V Sathyabama (012-3163434)
Option 2 : Send a cheque
You can write out a cheque to Yayasan Kemanusiaan Muslim Aid Malaysia and then post it or courier it. Please use the Trek for a Cause donation form (see below) and give your full name and address so that an official receipt can be sent to you. Please write “Trek for a Cause” at the back of your cheque.
Yayasan Kemanusiaan Muslim Aid Malaysia
8-9-11, Menara Mutiara Bangsar
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03-22881996
Fax : 03-22881966
* If it is more convenient to you, you can pass the cheque to any members of the MY team.
Option 3 : Walk in
If you happen to be in the neighbourhood, you can just walk in to Muslim Aid’s office and give your donation. Please use the Trek for a Cause donation form so that you can be issued an official receipt that you can use for tax purposes.
While you are there, you can also visit their Charity Shop.
Option 4 : Direct Deposit
You can directly deposit money into Muslim Aid’s bank account. For the purpose of record keeping, please either fax (03-22881966) or post your Trek for a Cause donation form (see below) to Muslim Aid. Please also give your full name and address so that an official receipt can be sent to you.
CIMB Bank Account Number 8600-11-0850
Yayasan Kemanusiaan Muslim Aid Malaysia
If you are making payment from another country, the Swift Code is CTBBMYKL.
Please indicate “Trek for a Cause” when making payment.
Option 5 : Be a Corporate Sponsor
Your company can choose to be a key sponsor by making a donation of RM 10,000 or more to Muslim Aid. If you like it, the MY team will bear your logo on their trekking shirt, and carry and display your banner at the highest point. Please call any member of the MY Team to discuss details.
For corporate sponsors. If you wish, we will carry and display your company banner at the highest point if you make a substantial donation to Muslim Aid. Note : at high altitude, every gram matters – so not too big a banner, please.
Pass the Word Around
You can help us solicit donations from your colleagues, friends and family. Even if you cannot contribute, you may know of other people who may be able to help with this cause. You can share this link with others (please do). Follow our page on Facebook (Trek for a Cause).
If you need further information
Follow our Facebook page (Trek for a Cause)
Call any members of the MY team (see phone numbers above)
Call Muslim Aid (03-22881996) and speak to Habsah / Wan Rusli.