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A journalist walks for battered women, goes bald to fight cancer

Berwaz Alam, after going bald on Monday in a display of sympathy for cancer victims. (Boroise pic).

Petaling Jaya: The ritual of the great journalist Buroiz Science Charity with his equally caring colleagues is about making the invisible visible.

On Monday, Flag went bald again to sympathize with Cancer Warriors.

He shaved his head in 2014 and 2015 to raise funds for children with cancer in high-profile campaigns. In the same period, he became homeless for two nights twice to raise funds for the poor with a charity group, “We Love, We Care, Share.”

On his 61st birthday on November 28, he will burn calories by walking 25 kilometers to draw attention to domestic violence.

The walk around the running track at Subang Ria Amusement Park in Subang Jaya also aims to raise funds for the Women Aid Organization (WAO) to help battered women and their children.

(Left): Allam spent two nights on the streets as a homeless person in 2014 and 2015 to raise money for the poor. (Right): Flag in training for 25 km at Subang Ria Amusement Park on November 28 (Boroiz Alam Photo).

Like many other welfare agencies, the WAO has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and funds are starting to run out.

Joan Wong, its head of programs, said that WAO needs RM250,000 for the rest of this year to keep its programs and shelters running.

Wong will join a scientist on the rally, which is expected to be completed in five hours.

She said the flag will symbolize those turning away from gender-based violence while her participation will be representative of the services team supporting survivors on their journey away from cruelty.

“We want to show people that we are not giving up on any of the survivors,” Wong said.

Joan Wong says the WAO needs RM250,000 for the rest of this year to keep its programs and shelters running. (Photo by Joan Wong)

She said that WAO provided direct support to beneficiaries through the Refugee Center, the Child Care Center and the Child Activity Center.

Alem, senior copy editor for the Twentytwo13 news site organizing the march, said the fundraising focus was on children of survivors of domestic violence who needed education, nutrition and advice.

He said the march was also an embodiment of the brave women and children who took the big step away from domestic violence to start life over again.

“It aims to raise awareness that even the smallest amount of attention and participation can make a difference for others.

About why the march was called Project 60.1, Alam said: “The plan was much more ambitious when I first thought about it last year – to walk 60 kilometers on my 60th birthday.

“It didn’t work because I wasn’t fit (and not disciplined in my diet), and then my son fell ill.

“So, it’s 60.1 on my 61st birthday and I’ve climbed 25 kilometers to be practical.”

He said that the initial goal was to collect RM 5,000 but donations to the organizers had ballooned to more than 9,000 RM while WAO had so far received 6,000 RM.

The public can donate directly to Women’s Aid: CIMB Bank Berhad 80-0238299-7 (Ref: Children Program).

For more information, please call [email protected] Or visit www.wao.org.my.

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