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Reach Out Who & Why – The Story So Far.
by Peter Nicoll

In 2005 Pete Nicoll set up a programme within a Buddhist Organisation to feed the poor on the streets of KL. Why? Because it had to be done. The poor were neglected and hungry.
The idea was to have this organization open to all races, religions and gender.
Feexa Nicoll was the first Muslim volunteer in this organization and with her came many friends to the cause.

However, Pete and co founders Maple Keh and Bob Teasdale discovered a possible missallocation of funds donated for feeding the homeless being distributed to the Buddhist Society and not to the Soup Kitchen by other members of the organisation and immediately resigned.
The following day Pete, Bob, Feexa and Maple, bought food and water and continued on their own under an organization called Lotus Planet.

With help from friends food sponsorship and street volunteers increased so that from an original 80 packets of food being delivered only on a Saturday, they managed to operate three days a week and delivered over 400 packets to those in need.
Lotus Planet packed the food on the streets, (in the car park outside the SEC, on the pavement outside Bangkok Bank, outside a bookshop near to Petaling Street), and in all weathers. When it rained they packed inside their cars.

Bob resigned due to business commitments and the organization was renamed Reach Org Sdn Bhd with a Board of Directors as required under the ROC of Malaysia.
The work continued and Reach Org expanded to operate a collaboration with Garden International School for a Street Feeding Programme and Education Programme for underprivileged kids and with SHEB, the social wing of Pemuda UMNO. Reach Org also established the White Ribbon Malaysia campaign and conducted CSR programmes on behalf of corporate bodies linked to its Street Feeding Programme.

Reach Org also worked extensively with various Government Ministries and departments to raise awareness of the plight of the poor.
In 2010 Reach Org applied to become a registered Charitable Society and NGO and this was granted. Reach Out Malaysia was born.
Reach Out apart from Street Feeding Programmes, White Ribbon, Education Programmes and Awareness Campaigns established an Emergency Response Team which works in areas of natural disaster in Malaysia. It has also recently launched FUR (Feline Urban Rescue).
Since early 2012 Reach Out commenced its humanitarian effort in Klang. We operate Monday to Friday inclusive in both Klang and Port Klang and currently distribute just over 200 packs of food each week.

From its inception Reach Out has been totally voluntary.
It has no premises, offices, or overheads, and all food, medicines and clothes distributed is through sponsorship.
On average Reach Out currently distributes over 2,500 packets of hot and dry food, drinks, and clothes, toiletries and medicines each week and is on the streets every day of the week.
Reach Out has never missed an operating day since its inception.
In 2011 Reach Out managed to reintegrate 402 urban poor into employment by working with the corporate sector in Malaysia.
The current Committee is as follows:
Peter Nicoll – President
Maple Keh – Vice President
Feexa Nicoll – Committee and Sponsorship
Ahmad Zakir Jafar – Committee and Volunteers
Jenny Wong – Committee and Legal/Secretarial
Tiki Keh – Committee.

Our Current Run Leaders are as follows:
Sundays – Hafriz
Monday – Hasif
Tuesday – Mustaquim
Wednesday – Mustaquim
Thursday – No Operations Currently (KL)
Friday – 5.00pm (Garden International School)
– 11.00pm A. Zakir Jaffar
Saturday- 1st Run 5.30pm Bus Stand Klang – Pete Nicoll
2nd Run 11.45pm Midnight Run – Pete Nicoll.
Klang Operations – Melvin Lim (Mon to Fri Inclusive). Meeting in Klang at 10.45pm
Special Projects Run Leader- Mohd Zaidy.
Run Leaders are also supported by Co Ordinators who are:
Danial Arif
Shazliana
Nurul Aishkin
Jennifer Chua
Ian Hadi

Currently Reach Out donates any excess sponsored goods that cannot be given on the street to a number of orphanages, and also works with other likeminded NGO’s in the fight to adicate poverty.

Reach Out acts as a conduit for those on the street to make contact with organizations who specialize in particular needs of those on the street, (women, children, the disabled, HIV victims, etc).
Reach Out is clear in its vision and mission, to raise awareness of the issue of poverty and to take steps to eradicate such through its programmes and campaigns.
Only through its volunteers and steering committee can we bring dignity back to the forgotten who inhabit the streets and doorways of Kuala Lumpur.

The mission is to eradicate all poverty in Malaysia state by state and city by city.
Reach Out is considered to be ‘The Frontline in the Fight To Eradicate Poverty’.

CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY!!

Will you do something special for yours or loved ones’ birthday this year ? Instead of a birthday party, will you share and donate some nasi lemak ayam for our street friends ??

It will not cost you a lot. Only RM3 per packet of nasi lemak ayam . You can give any amount you like – 5 packets, 20 packets, 100 packets – it is totally up to you.

Come to the street with us and celebrate your birthday by giving your nasi lemak ayam that you donate to them yourself instead of your usual birthday celebration. Let your decision make a difference to somebody’s life !

WE PLAN TO RAISE 20,000 NASI LEMAK AYAM OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS !! IT MAY SOUND A LOT BUT WE DISTRIBUTE NEARLY ONE THOUSAND FOOD PACK EVERY WEEK… THAT IS OVER 4000 PACKS OF FOOD A MONTH.

OUR PACK OF FOOD RELIEVES THEM FROM HUNGER , ABANDONMENT, SAVES A LITTLE MONEY FOR THEM TO SEND BACK TO THEIR KAMPUNG, GIVES THEM HOPE WHEN THEY LOSE THEIR JOBS …LETS OUR FELLOW HUMANS KNOW THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE AND THAT SOME OF US CARE.

We use our food packs to let them know we care and that they are not forgotten – we dont just give food but we share some light and kindness with then so they too, will do and believe in the same thing !

AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THIS EXPERIENCE AND KEEP ON BEING THANKFUL FOR OUR BLESSINGS AND CONTINUE IN SHARING.

WILL YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY OR YOUR LOVED ONES’ BIRTHDAY WITH OUR STREET FRIENDS ??

RM 3 – 1 NASI LEMAK AYAM
Make a date with us on your bithday
(Dates are opened from 7th April to 11th September 2012)

HOW TO DONATE :
1. Pedge how many nasi lemak ayam you would like to share on your or loved ones birthday

2. Tell us when is your birthday.

3. Make your contribution to our official account:
PUBLIC BANK
REACH OUT CHARITABLE SOCIETY
ACCOUNT NUMBER : 3164860714
and email your transaction to ilumina_won@yahoo.com and reachoutmalaysia09@gmail.com

email to reachoutmalaysia09@gmail.com to pledge your birthday donation on nasi lemak ayam for our street friends !!

How To Volunteer


FIRST STEP:

If you are new and just found out about REACH OUT MALAYSIA , kindly please go through all our postings and activities and facts to have a better understanding on who we are and what we do.
‘TAK KENAL MAKA TAK CINTA’ – so get to know us first and this will avoid anyone asking the same questions over again.

If you think that you have what it takes, please proceed to the SECOND STEP:

1. Write and apply to our official email : caucasianshephard@gmail.com and cc to reachoutmalaysia09@gmail.com and supply us with the following details:

1. NAME AND AGE
2. HP NUMBER
3. ADDRESS
4. INFORM US IF YOU HAVE ANY TRANSPORTATION OR NOT
5. DAY OF PREFERENCE (monday to Sunday (except Thursday – which is our off day)
6. CATEGORY IN WHICH YOU WISH TO VOLUNTEER (If you are specialised in any fields, eg doctor, lawyer, designer, cook etc – please specify should you wish to donate your talents etc if needed)
7. HOW MANY DAYS IN A MONTH CAN YOU VOLUNTEER (ONCE A WEEK? , ONCE A MONTH? – PLEASE SPECIFY)
8. TELL ME IN NOT SO MANY WORDS ON WHY YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US AS VOLUNTEER.

KINDLY BE PATIENCE WITH THE TIME TAKEN TO REPLY YOUR QUERIES AS WE CAN ONLY DO THIS OUTSIDE OF OUR WORKING HOUR AS ALL ACTIVE MEMBERS IN REACH OUT IS ON VOLUNTEER BASIS AND WE DO NOT HAVE ANY PAID STAFF. WE WILL ATTEND TO YOU ONE BY ONE THE BEST WE CAN.

THIRD STEP:
WE WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU DO A ‘ TRIAL FOOD RUN’ WITH US TO UNDERSTAND THE SYSTEM , CULTURE AND THE HOMELESS FRIENDS WE HELP (This is to avoid Culture Shock or to find out if this work is suitable for you).
– Once you have been on the road 3 times – formalised your participation by filling in Reach Out official form and we then will welcome you to our organisation with open arms.

PLEASE CALL ANY OF OUR RUN LEADERS SHOULD YOU WISH TO DO A TRIAL FOOD RUN DURING THEIR DUTY DAY:
TIME: MEETING POINT
SUNDAY – HAFRIZ 11.30PM MASJID JAMEK
MONDAY – HASIF 11.30PM MASJID JAMEK
TUESDAY – MUSTAQIM 11.30PM MASJD INDIA
WEDNESDAY – MUSTAQIM 11.30PM MASJID INDIA
THURSDAY – OFF DAY OFF
FRIDAY – ZAKIR – 11.30PM MASJID JAMEK
SATURDAY – PETER 5.30PM BUS STAND KLANG, KL, 11.30 PM RESTORAN ALWIRA, jalan pudu, KL

I can be reached at reachoutmalaysia09@gmail.com (feexa N)

CATEGORIES :
1. FOOD DISTRIBUTOR
2. FOOD TRANSPORTER
3. SPECIALISED FIELDS (DOCTOR, LAWYER, COUNSELLOR, FIRST AID TRAINER ETC )
4. GROUP CSR – (EITHER UNIVERSITIES OR CORPORATE COMPANIES) – this will fall under group categories – 5 or more people and proposal is to be sent to reachoutmalaysia09@gmail.com – REFER TO THE GROUP CSR DOCUMENT AS WELL.
WE UPDATE OUR DETAILS ON THE FOOD RUN EVERYDAY – KINDLY CHECK THE INFORMATION YOU NEEDED ON OUR FACEBOOK FROM TIME TO TIME.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY – WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO AMEND ANY OF THE ABOVE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE ACCORDING TO CIRCUMSTANCES.

Reach Out | From the Ground event!


HAPPY TUESDAY KIND PEOPLE !! WE WOULD LIKE TO BRING YOUR ATTENTION TO THE STUDENTS OF SHTLM MICE STUDENTS FROM SUNWAY UNIVERSITY UNDER Nelson and Avin. They are organising a fund raising event to help REACH OUT MALAYSIA AND our street friends !
It will be two days of fun filled activities of performances, games and of course various food stalls ! Please support them and join their event! Details are:

Name of Event : “From the Ground” – (cool name eh? Sound like a rock concert )
Date : 23 and 24th November 2011
Time: 10 – 3 pm
Venue: University Sunway, Petaling Jaya (Near Monash University)

Reach Out will have an information booth (On Wednesday from 10am to 3 pm) to spread awareness on our works and projects – Our dedicated Run Leader Hasif hp : 0172297159 and his crew will be incharged of the booth on Wednesday ! Run Leader Zakir Jaafar will be there from 1pm to 3pm to give short briefing and presentation for those who come and visit our ‘Info booth’. We would appreciate it if you guys can join in the fun and give a hand or two to Hasif tomorrow!!

Please also kindly support these wonderful students by visiting their stalls etc so they will be able to reach their target to accumulate as much fund as possible to help our homeless friends !! Thank you Sunway University and the SHTLM MICE students
For more info on the event , please contact Nelson at 0162378866

Another 1000 nasi lemak ayam!!

We started this campaign on Day 1 with 1,000 packets donated for our homeless.
With 1 day left in our campaign and with just under 1000 packets short of our target lets dig deep and finish how we started. This is for those in need. Lets make 11.11.11 a day of history for Reach Out where we as a community came together to feed those in need.

Click HERE for event update